Stafford well-represented at Connecticut Flower and Garden Show

By Lauri Voter - Staff Writer
Stafford - posted Mon., Feb. 28, 2011
Stafford businesses were well represented at this year's Connecticut Flower and Garden Show, where displays provided a glimpse of spring to the winter-weary. Photos by Lauri Voter.
Stafford businesses were well represented at this year's Connecticut Flower and Garden Show, where displays provided a glimpse of spring to the winter-weary. Photos by Lauri Voter.

As winter begins to transition into spring, Connecticut residents look forward to the annual Connecticut Flower and Garden Show. This year’s show was held from Feb. 24 through 27 at the Connecticut Convention Center in downtown Hartford.

The show is a prime opportunity for local businesses from all over Connecticut to showcase their goods and services.

The town of Stafford was well-represented this year, with three Stafford businesses in attendance: Chestnut Hill Nursery; B. Guzzo Fences & More, LLC; and H & H Outdoor Accents.

Chestnut Hill Nursery (chestnutnursery.com), which offers a garden center and landscaping design, attended for its second year.

“Our goal in being here is to build the Chestnut Hill brand, and we were blessed to be asked to speak and share horticultural information,” said Kevin Sullivan, owner of Chestnut Hill Nursery, which is located at 75 Chestnut Hill Road in Stafford and can be reached at 860-684-2787.

Sullivan said that he was amazed at how many Somers and Stafford customers he sees at the show. “We like being here – it kicks off spring,” explained Sullivan.

H & H Outdoor Accents (HandHoutdooraccents.com) specializes in providing Amish-made polylumber furniture, which is described as “eco-friendly, stylish and available in eight great colors.”

H & H has been in business for four years. It is a family-owned business established by Robert Hanley, who runs the business with his wife, Melissa, and daughters, Amanda and Deanna. The store operates in conjunction with Yellow Brick Road Antiques, located at 88 West Main St.in Stafford Springs. It can be reached at 860-707-6076.

This was the second year that H & H attended the flower show. According to Hanley, “This is basically how our marketing budget is spent. It is a central location with people from all over the state.”

Bob Guzzo, owner of B. Guzzo Fences & More, LLC, says that in his case, his product is so specialized that when people stop by his booth, “they know they want a fence.”

Guzzo has been in business since 1994. The flower and garden show offers an opportunity for his business to gain exposure all over the region. He has attended the show for several years because it has been an effective marketing tool for him. He can be reached at 860-684-6434.

Guzzo says that one of the most satisfying aspects of his work is that, “I can drive by a customer's house, see the fence, and say ‘I did that.’”

The consensus among all three of these companies is that the Connecticut Flower and Garden Show is a good way to drum up business from their region and across the state, and they all consider the show to be one of their featured marketing showcases.


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