The Northwest Flower & Garden Show started today, and runs through Sunday. It’s happening at the Washington State Convention Center, and costs $20 per adult. The big attractions are the show gardens, where you can get tons of ideas and inspiration. There are seminars on every garden topic under the sun, including chickens, succulents, fruit for small gardens, soil structure, japanese maples, difficult plants to prune, and garden irrigation.
Vendors from all around the Northwest come to the marketplace section, which is a good thing because some plants and tools that I’d normally have to drive hours to see or pay shipping to have delivered will be right there for me to peruse. I recommend going in with a budget. I have a list of blueberry bushes and apple trees I’m hoping to get from Raintree Nursery, who were together enough to post a list of the plant’s they’ll have at the show. I’ll also be buying dahlia bulbs and will try to restrain myself for all other purchases. I’ll let you know how I do.
If you want to hear a bit about the show from folks who have already been there this year, check out Cisco Morris’s column in the Seattle Times this week, or Val Easton’s blog post from this morning. Or, to get a better idea of the flavor of the garden show, check out the pictures from last year’s show over at The Personal Garden Coach or Blue Wheelbarrow’s semi-serious beginner’s guide to the show from last year.