The Northwest Flower & Garden Show, the region’s largest garden show, opens Wednesday at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle. The show will continue through Sunday (Feb. 21).
Here’s what’s happening at the garden show:
Display gardens: Twenty garden designers will create temporary pop-up garden displays, all individually themed, but based on an overall theme of celebrating the National Parks Service centennial and famous American landmarks. Be sure to check out the display from Olympia’s Nature Perfect Landscaping. The company’s garden is inspired by Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming.
Vendors: More than 300 exhibitors will display all kinds of home and garden products, including greenhouses, garden equipment, outdoor furniture, fountains, hardscape materials, plants, seeds, garden art and jewelry.
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Vintage Garden Market: Find upcycled garden art and and restored treasures for the garden from a number of vendors. Nearly 20 sellers will appear at the show.
Lectures: More than 20 lectures a day will take place on three different stages. Featured personalities include this paper’s garden columnist, Marianne Binetti, as well as Seattle-based garden personality Ciscoe Morris and Tacoma’s own Sue Goetz from Creative Gardener. Topics range from growing orchids to gardening in small spaces, heirloom seeds, garden art and gardening on a budget.
Garden Wars: Daily at 1 p.m., find “Garden Wars,” hosted in the same style as the television show “Iron Chef.” PBS garden personality Joe Lamp’l will guide two teams through garden design projects. News Tribune and Olympian garden columnist Marianne Binetti will aid the teams in their construction of 10-by-10 feet gardens. Independent judges select a winner, with prize money going to charity.