CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Gardeners want something they can touch, see and smell while their gardens are on winter break. The catalogs are getting dog-eared. Flower shows often fill that need.
Unfortunately, the Cincinnati Flower Show will not be held in 2011.
I contacted Jerome Eichert, treasurer of The Cincinnati Horticultural Society, and he said that for a number of reasons, the group has canceled production of the 2011 show.
"We are concentrating on making some changes in the plan and design of the 2012 show. As details of that firm up, we will be issuing announcements so that the public will be aware of what to expect and, above all, will anticipate a new, different and, we hope, spectacular event in April 2012," Eichert said.
In an official announcement made in early December, the group said they hope to appeal to a broader audience of budding gardeners and horticulture enthusiasts, beginning in 2012.
Frank Welsh, horticultural society board chairman, said The Cincinnati Flower Show has been exceptionally popular and successful over two decades.
"We recognize changing demographics and social trends, however, and, so to avoid these changes becoming an issue for us, we determined to take a year off to examine how we can reinvent and revitalize what has been a much-loved Cincinnati institution," Welsh said.
So, for those of you who had planned a trek to Cincinnati, here are a few others you might visit in our region.
If anyone has another suggestion to pass along to our readers, just send me the information and we'll spread the word.