Northwest Flower and Garden Show is beautiful but emphasizes the practical
Despite the recent mild temperatures and the unaccustomed abundance of days when the sun is out, it is still winter in the Northwest and a little early to be planting a garden. It isn’t too early to be dreaming about and planning that garden, however, and the upcoming Northwest Flower and Garden Show has enough offerings to keep the most ardent gardener busy without actually digging in the dirt.
The five day show will be held in downtown Seattle in the Washington State Convention and Trade Center from February 2nd through February 7th, 2010. If you buy tickets online before February 2nd the cost is $16. If you wait to buy them at the door they will be $20. Kids 12 and under are free, there are discounts for teens and groups, and you can get discounted multi-day tickets.
While the display gardens are spectacular (and designers start planning the next year’s show the day after the end of the current show), the free seminars and demonstrations are where you really get your money’s worth. 124 free seminars are being offered this year and the following is just a small sampling of what you will find:
Container Kitchen Gardening
10 Secrets to Great Veggie Gardens
How to Eat Your Front Yard
Shrinking the Water Bill
Food Waste Composting
Natural Lawn Care
Seed Starting for Beginners
Frugal Floral Designs
Yoga for Gardeners
Ask the Doctor
Paver Installation 101
Wandering the acres of display gardens, you’ll find hundreds of designers and merchants, ikebana demonstrations, lessons in irrigation, expert gardeners answering your questions, giving lectures and signing their books, and people who can tell you how to create a rock or water garden, among many other things.
There is plenty of beautiful in the Flower and Garden Show, but, due to high interest, there will also be an emphasis on vegetable gardening and practical ideas and tips for people who are interested in growing their own food. Even apartment and condo dwellers can grow fruits and vegetables and there are several seminars that will show you how.