|by JD Rinne||Rhode Island, Providence||56|
A $17 ticket buys you the world this weekend—well, a tour of the world's gardens, at least.
The 16th annual Rhode Island Flower and Garden Show, kicking off Thursday in Providence, represents all the regions of the world in 30 unique gardens. Explore landscapes with plants typical of Mexico, France, and Egypt, and also see an Australian Outback display and a huge New England woodland exhibit.
In addition to the displays, there are lectures and demos by gardening and landscaping experts, many of them covering organic products and techniques. Roger Swain, host of PBS's Victory Garden, will make the case for a federal "fruit and vegetable czar." For those of you with small spaces, there's a demo that will teach you how to have your own tiny organic herb garden. And for fans of British gardens, Paul Miskovsky shares his experiences working at the Chelsea Flower Show in London. (By the way, check out our related Real Deal).
You can save a little money by visiting the show after 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. The date night promotion will get you tickets for $14 each ($3 off tickets at the door) and 20 percent off food at local restaurants. And if you're thinking of of staying, the Radisson Hotel Providence Harbor has a package that includes admission.
Thursday through Sunday, beginning at 10 a.m. Rhode Island Convention Center, One Sabin Street. Tickets are $17 at the door.