Garden Shows Offer a Wealth of Ideas for Home Owners

Northwest Flower & Garden Show

If you’ve never been to a garden show like the Northwest Flower & Garden Show in Seattle, then you’re missing out. National shows like these will blow your county’s local home and garden shows out of the water! And the timing couldn’t be better. Scheduling the show in early February offers us Northwesterners a source of winter inspiration and relief knowing that spring is right around the corner. Wait until you smell the flowers!

Garden Inspiration Galore

The Northwest Flower & Garden Show has been offering spectacular show gardens, container gardening ideas for small spaces, educational seminars from well-known experts, and rows and rows of cool garden-y merchandise since 1989. Every year the show keeps getting better and better!

Meet the authors in person after their presentations – there’s over 100 free seminars! Check out the featured speakers line-up. Recognize anyone? Hint: garden hunk Jamie Durie – and many more!

Meet the authors!

From left: me, Andrea Bellamy, Ivette Soler, and Teresa O'Connor

No space? No problem! Container gardening ideas for urban dwellers.

Container Gardening

Small space gardening ideas at the Container Show

Have that camera ready! There’s a gazillion different plant combinations you’ve never thought of.

Plant texture combinations

Planting ideas for all kinds of spaces

Don’t put the camera away just yet. DIYers will be in all their glory with tons of crafty ideas.

Magnetic words

Oversized letters are easy to find at craft stores - decoupage and add a water proof finish.

Salvage feigns will have a heyday at the display gardens.

Salvaged garden patio

Re-used objects add unexpected style (yes, that's a name badge used as plant tag!)

Get the Behind-the-Scenes Scoop

Teresa O’Connor, from Seasonal Wisdom, and I joined together for a special report about the Northwest Flower & Garden Show. Our special guest Janet Endsley, seminar and social media manager, shares a brief history of the show and why it was created 24 years ago, and gives a rundown of all the creativity and coordination that goes into making the NW Flower & Garden Show the 2nd largest garden show in the country – 3rd largest in the world.

Listen to our special report and Janet’s interview {link will open in a new browser window}.

Learn about Edibles from Seasonal Wisdom

  • Thursday, Feb. 9, 9:30 AM (Hood Room): The Allure of Edible Flowers: How to Grow, Harvest, Cook and Enjoy Edible Flowers
  • Friday, Feb. 10, 5:30 PM (Rainier Room) : Growing Food in Small Spaces: Tips & Techniques to Maximize Your Garden Harvest

Catch Me at the DIY Stage!

This will be my 6th year attending the Seattle show, and my second year presenting. I’m so in my element at the DIY stage.

  • Wednesday, Feb. 8, 5:15 PM (DIY Stage): Edibles Cubed: Create a Living, Edible Cocktail Table
  • Thurs, Feb. 9, 5:15 PM (DIY Stage): No Space. No Problem: Grow a Gutter Garden With Function & Style
Hope to see you there!
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