Occasionally Mother Nature has given us freezing temperatures during our 5-day Northwest Flower & Garden Show run. So it’s wonderful to escape the cold and enjoy springtime inside the garden show, surrounded by tens of thousands of blooming plants. Enter and inhale deeply…
Long-time attendees will remember standing outside on the exhaust-filled street to buy tickets before the show opened at 9 am, or to buy Half-Day tickets at 3 pm. The show has made the experience more comfortable! We’ve MOVED the ticket office to just outside the show in the 4th Floor North Lobby.
Don’t forget to get your hand stamped so you can re-enter the show that day.
The easiest way to buy tickets is to go to our website and use our convenient print-at-home feature. Or head to a retail ticket outlet – use our searchable list and find the outlet nearest your home. Our retail tickets have a coupon on the back good for 10% off your entire purchase at our Merchandise booth. Look for some cool 25th anniversary souvenirs.
Or call our Ticket Hotline toll free at 800-343-6973.
And you can even purchase your tickets on your smartphone, and we will scan your phone at the door.
Remember, the Early Bird ticket prices are only $16 for a full-day ticket, but you must purchase your ticket before February 20th. After that, online and ticket outlet prices go to $20, as well as at-the-door ticket prices. Our Half Day tickets are hugely popular at only $10, for entry into the show at 3 pm Wednesday – Saturday, and 2 pm on Sunday. Bring a $10 bill and we’ll have 2 ticket lines just for cash customers.
Don’t forget to get your hand stamped if you leave the show and want to return!
Children 12 and under get in FREE and a Youth ticket is only $5. For a really great entertainment value, our 2-Day Pass is only $29 (only available online, by phone at 253-756-2121 or at the show).
The weather is looking like it will be just the way we like it, so Spring will arrive February 20 – 24 at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle. See you at the show! ~ Janet
We all have gardening dilemmas. Sometimes pests and diseases on our plants get us down, and we don’t want to use harmful chemicals. Or our plants get too unruly and overgrown but we are clueless on proper pruning. Or maybe we’re just bored with the same few plants in the yard, but have no idea which must-have plants to buy. (Been there, done all of that!)
We introduce Gardening 101 to the rescue! Our new series of seminars that will give you info-packed ideas to help solve these problems. Look for them Thursday through Sunday at 11:30 am in the Rainier Room.
But what if you are in need of some design inspiration? That’s the focus of Gardening 101: Design Solutions, featuring three top speakers who will inspire you to new heights.
Join Marty Wingate as she shows you how to get more peace and privacy in your garden; Vanessa Gardner Nagle, APLD will help you accessorize your garden with a wide variety of furnishings; and Lucy Hardiman tackles your small space dilemmas to make the most of your space. It’s three 30-minute, back-to-back seminars that will pack a punch. (Click on each speaker’s name to read their bio and full seminar description.)
Discover more great seminars on our website and plan your days at the show. With over 100 seminars at the Northwest Flower & Garden Show, consider a Two-Day Pass so you can take advantage of more of them. But don’t delay – the show is February 20 – 24, and once it’s over, you have to wait until February 2014 for the next one. ~ Janet
What’s your garden style? Does your garden really reflect who you are? Does it work with you and your family, extending your home into the outdoors? Or perhaps it just sort of sits there, not providing any real family enjoyment, but (if you’re lucky) not being much of a hassle.
Here’s your chance to be inspired to turn your garden into one with style, functionality and beauty that’s just right for you. These must-see speakers will offer a wealth of ideas and solutions no matter what your what garden dreams are.
Don’ miss Sharon Lovejoy, Lucy Hardiman, Debra Prinzing, Mary Ann Newcomer, Teresa O’Connor and Helen Yoest as they offer ideas for easier care, front yard impact, vertical gardening, compatible plantings, accessorizing your garden, and even seeing how the 1% in Hollywood style their own gardens.
Make this the year you style your garden just right for you! To discover more seminars that will improve your garden’s style, check out our Speakers at a Glance page. And act soon to buy your tickets – Early Bird Tickets must be purchased before February 20. The Northwest Flower & Garden Show will be held February 20 – 24 at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle. Join us, and find your garden style. ~ Janet
Yes, it’s the age of the internet. But nothing beats curling up in a comfy chair with a good gardening book. It’s a wonderful way to get inspired for the coming gardening season, and help to improve your skills in all kinds of ways.
There’s only one rule about gardening books – there are no rules! And with so many titles to choose from with our 90 speakers, you will find lots of new books that suit your style and needs.
So check out the seminars by Billy Goodnick, Karen Chapman and Christina Salwitz, Tovah Martin, Amanda Thomsen, Diane Morgan, Jane C. Gates, Kevin McElroy & Matthew Wolpe and local favorite Debra Prinzing. (Just click on their name above for a link to their full bio and seminar details.) Then join them at the Book Signing Station to get your new book autographed.
With over 100 seminars to choose from, and over 70 author book signings, you’re sure to find some great titles that will keep the excitement you have for the new garden season going strong until the weather improves and you can actually get outside in the garden! ~ Janet
Recycling, reusing, repurposing… it’s not just a fad. It’s a way to life for some garden designers who strive to breathe a second life into an unimaginable array of ‘stuff.’ Someday perhaps our landfills will disappear, as everyone catches on and reuses their stuff in new and exciting ways in their homes and gardens.
Here are a few ideas from past Northwest Flower & Garden Show display gardens and container exhibition (now called the ‘Small Space Showcase’) that will spark your own creativity to reuse and repurpose items that might be destined for the dumpster.
(Above) Pamela Richards settled an old vintage bed into her black and white garden she created for the 2005 garden show.
In 2009 Adam Gorski Landscapes used an old white table and two fire engine red 50’s style chairs to go with the shiny red of a vintage Mustang and a red coral back maple.
Exteriorscapes planted this classic claw-foot tub, put it in front of some used windows and set it on a checkerboard pebble mosaic, with a planted chair and rug for a cozy washroom scene in the 2010 garden show.
Christianson’s Nursery always excels in creating the nostalgic look. Here their 2011 garden was reminiscent of family nurseries of yesteryear, with a barn built with old weathered wood.
Courtney Goetz of the Creative Gardener designed these gabion walls in the entry to her 2011 garden, using old wire, wine bottles and topping them with street covers.
Another scene from Courtney’s 2011 garden, where an old shipping container serves as a garden house, topped with a greenhouse made from old window doors.
DIG Floral & Garden used old crates to make the containers in their container garden at the 2011 show. We’ll never go back to boring plastic pots again.
Molbak’s created this greenhouse using vintage windows in funky colors for their 2011 container garden on the sky bridge.
More recycled materials in another garden by Pamela Richards, where she combined an old rusted screen as a backdrop that blends perfectly with the rusty antique bench.
For their 2011 container garden, Windmill Gardens planted their container garden by recycling metal containers and wood, and maybe even an old gardener!
Likewise, in 2012 Artisans Cottage brought in many kinds of repurposed items to create an old-fashioned vignette. ‘Mother Earth’ was popular with show attendees as she took a break from her gardening activities.
In 2012 Artistic Garden Concepts designed a lush garden with a romantic setting, using an old pallet with wooden legs for a candlelight dinner. Do try this at home.
Tumwater’s Black Hills High School students found use for these lovely rusted old wheels (probably made well before they were born) for their ‘Funky Junk” garden at the 2012 show.
This container garden by Ravenna Gardens shows that any old glass container can be turned into a beautiful terrarium – the ultimate easy care garden for inside or outdoors.
Even old pianos can have a new life with their top planted, as shown by the imaginative people at Sunnyside Nursery.
Lovers of all things vintage will love to know we’ll have a Vintage Garden Market at this year’s show. We’re bringing in a dozen of the top vintage/antique vendors from around the state and putting them together in the North Hall for a fabulous shabby chic ‘flea market.’
The Northwest Flower & Garden Show, to be held February 20 – 24 at the Washington State Convention Center, will feature 23 amazing show gardens plus 16 Small Space Showcase gardens. Designers are putting on their finishing touches, and you are sure to see a lot more imaginative ideas for recycling and repurposing. Don’t miss it! ~ Janet