To Our Fans and Friends:
As we did in 2020 and again in 2021, the Maine Landscape & Nursery Association closely monitored guidance from federal, state, and local public health officials in order to make the best possible decision regarding the Maine Flower Show in 2022.
We take this responsibility very seriously; not only is the MFS the single largest event that MELNA holds- historically attracting more than 20,000 people and over 100 vendors to Thompson's Point each year- but it is also the single largest event that promotes our industry, showcases our work, and grows our businesses.
Because of the significant cost involved in growing plant materials throughout the winter, a final decision on a 2022 Maine Flower Show had to be made in September of 2021. Because COVID was still rampant at that time, we risked not having the attendance necessary to be financially sustainable.
Ultimately, we made the difficult but necessary decision to cancel the Maine Flower Show in 2022.
In lieu of the MFS, MELNA is producing a new event: The Maine Garden + Marketplace.
The Maine Garden + Marketplace is a three-day indoor market for gardeners of all experience levels to get an early start on spring garden planning and supplies, happening March 25-27, 2022. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet with, learn from and commerce with over 100 garden supply and services merchants within the comfort and convenience of Brick South at Thompson's Point in Portland, Maine. Official event information will be available on this web site.
While the Maine Garden + Marketplace is not the event we all know and love, it nonetheless provides an important opportunity for the gardening community to safely gather at a more manageable scale and with significantly reduced risk.
We appreciate your understanding and hope you will join us for the Maine Garden + Marketplace in 2022.
Thank you for your continued support.
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