Weather Be Damned, Garden Festival Delivers Green Warmth

I’m itching to get out in my garden, but the chill wind and leftover snow disabuse me of that idea. So I do what tens of thousands of others do in February, head to the second largest indoor garden show in the country.

The Northwest Flower & Garden Festival is going on now at the Washington State Convention Center in downtown Seattle. See my photos below from wandering the show yesterday.

If you’re coming today, stick around for my talk tonight at 7 p.m. I’ll try to fit your gardening to your lifestyle with “Make a Date With Your Garden.” The show continues through Sunday.

Arb garden
The Arboretum Foundation’s garden featured an Italian country house and a very prolific orange tree.
cover crop
Cover crop in a display garden, with a rain barrel. Build soil and save water!
Chinese dragaon
The Chinese dragon in this display garden was the show’s big hit.
chinese garden
al fresco
pruning demo
Christina Pfeiffer does a pruning demo at the DIY stage.
Raintree Nursery is selling a number of perennial vegetables, including wasabi.
Plant Amnesty
Plant Amnesty is in the non-profit exhibit area. Note their upcoming pruning day.
we need water
King CD booth
Gwen talks to a visitor to the King Conservation District booth. Go to their website for information on free soil tests for county residents.
Douglas Fir
A quiz in the King Conservation District booth. OK, I’ll tell you: Douglas fir!
The annual Ikebana display always calms me down.
Gardeners Supply
Gardeners Supply Company brought their new Vertex Lifetime Tomato Cage to the show. Cool.
Some of my favorite small tools are Diggit, made locally.
conifer soc
atrium garden
A cozy atrium garden, with the Pike Place Market visible down the street.
This is a great firepit, made by the folks at Ballard Reuse.

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