It is hard to believe that the Northwest Flower & Garden Show in Seattle is 30 years old this year! If you have gardened in the South Sound any part of the 29 years, you will no doubt think about February as Northwest Flower & Garden Show month. It runs at the Washington State Convention Center Feb. 7-11.
Spending a day or two walking through the beautiful display gardens at the show turns dark winter days into an early shot of spring. The NWFGS has always been a favorite for South Sound gardeners, and that has a lot to do with the seminars that run concurrently with the show. The free seminars run all five days on three different stages. Choosing which of the 100 seminars to attend can drive you crazy. Here are a few on our radar.
Gardening in the Pacific Northwest by Paul Bonine and Amy Campion
You can never have too many books about PNW gardening. This newest book is all about ornamentals and geared toward both sides of the mountains. Newer PNW gardening books have newer climate information. Bonine and Campion will speak together at the Northwest Flower and Garden Show. See their talks on “Pint Sized Plants for Pacific Northwest Gardens” at 11:15 a.m. on Feb. 8 in the Hood Room and “Great Plants Adapted to Pacific Northwest Climates” at 11:45 a.m. on Feb. 9 in the Rainier Room.
Garden Renovation by Bobbie Schwartz
Sometimes renovating a garden is more challenging than starting from scratch. It’s hard to focus on what you can change and how you can get the most out of those changes. Bobbie Schwartz has been designing and redesigning gardens for 45 years, and Garden Renovation is loaded with directions before-and-after, ideas, and examples.
She speaks at the Northwest Flower & Garden Show about “A Happy Marriage: Design Integration of House and Landscape” at 1:45 p.m. on Feb. 7 in the Hood Room and “The Artful Garden Through Creative Garden Design” at 1 p.m. on Feb. 8 in the Rainier Room.
Designing with Succulents by Debra Lee Baldwin
Just imagine: Not too long ago, the only time you saw succulents were “hens and chicks” casually thrown up against rock walls. Now, with so many colors and forms, they merit design. Debra Lee Baldwin is the queen of the succulent craze and has written several books about succulents. “Sensational Easy-Care Succulents in Containers” will be Baldwin’s focus at 11:15 a.m. on Feb. 7 in the Hood Room, and “Designing with Succulents in the Pacific Northwest” at 12:30 p.m. on Feb. 8 in the Hood Room.
The Less-is-More Garden by Susan Morrison
Small gardens can be “cram-scaped” … just too much stuff. Morrison’s garden philosophy is how to get more out of your garden space with less effort. She will speak about “Less is More” at 2:15 p.m. on Feb. 8 in the Rainier Room and at 3 p.m. on Feb. 10 in the Hood Room.
Our Native Bees by Paige Embry
You would think that a subject with so much science attached would be dry, dry, dry. Not so! It is a very readable description (with loads of pictures) about different bee species, native bees in particular, and what we can do to protect the pollinators. Embry presents “Meet the Neighbors: Bees in NW Gardens” at 2;15 p.m. on Feb. 7 in the Rainier Room and “Bring in the Native Bees for More and Better Fruit” at 11:15 on Feb. 9 in the Hood Room.
Only 90 more seminars! Get the full list at gardenshow.com/seminars.
“Dirty Dan” is Vickie Haushild, a gardener at heart. She owned and operated a garden shop for 23 years. Now she owns and operates a garden tool and supply website, gardenshoponline.com. She has a passion for beautiful gardens in the South Sound, and the dedicated gardeners who tend them.