I took a break from Turner Toys to visit the Vermont Flower Show which is down the street from us at the Champlain Valley Expo in Essex Junction.

Vermont Flower Show

Nice Pants!! The Vermont Flower Show

At this time of year, Vermonters are always itching for some signs of spring.  Luckily, the show did not disappoint.  This year’s theme is “The Road Not Taken,” inspired by Robert Frost’s poem.  Robert Frost has a special place in Vermonters’ hearts so it wasn’t a surprise to find his poem as inspiration for this year’s show.  According to the organizers, Green Works, the theme lies in the:

“discovery of less-travelled places, exploration of the natural world and reconnection with forgotten wonders of enchanting green space.  The poetry of Robert Frost often draws upon the landscape of New England and his home here in Vermont.”

The central display ranges from “literal interpretations of the theme to the more abstract: paths to choose from; asphalt jungles with glimpses of green; backyard urban micro-homesteads; bees; chickens, there are many opportunities for wonder and discovery.”

There was a re-creation of Robert Frost’s writing cabin and, as a part of the urban display, a narrow alley with graffiti-adorned walls, strewn garbage and some pretty tough plants.

It was also great to see some local Essex folks.  Special shout out to Sarah Salatino from Full Circle Gardens and our local booksellers,  Phoenix Books.

Forecast for tomorrow calls for snow…….

What are your favorite signs of spring? And, are you seeing any yet where you live?