Still More New Exhibitors at 2013 Garden Show
The Marketplace at the Northwest Flower & Garden Show beckons eager shoppers with gardening tools and accessories, plants, botanical art and nature inspired jewelry and décor. If you love surrounding yourself with nature – indoors or out – the show is the perfect place to indulge yourself. You don’t have to be a gardener to love the show, since it offers so many ways for you to express your love of the nature in your surroundings, even while curled up on your couch with a good book.
Every year we welcome dozens of new exhibitors, so here’s a preview of some of them coming to the 2013 show, to be held February 20 – 24, 2013 at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle.
West Coast Seeds started in 1983 in Vancouver, B.C., under the stewardship of Mary Ballon. A nursing instructor at the University of British Columbia, Mary’s love of gardening and fervent belief in growing food locally has helped motivate a generation of organic gardeners on the West Coast and right across Canada. As a regional family seed company, West Coast Seed only sells untreated seeds. They offer over 800 varieties of untreated, non GMO, open pollinated and hybrid seeds for your selection.
Peter Honeyman, the originator of the preservation techniques and designs of Real Flower Jewelry, Inc., has actively guided the business since its concept stages on the island of Oahu, Hawaii, in the late 1980’s. After observing so many travelers to Hawaii leave the islands with a fresh cut tropical flower, he knew their memento would be wilted within days. So he created a patented process to create permanent real flowers.
Smart To Grow owner Greg Hendrick grew up on an apple orchard in North Central Washington state, majored in Horticulture at Washington State University, and spent his early years in business in the apple, pear, and cherry industry. Then he discovered the ‘Foody,’ a compact, vertical growing system that allows anyone to grow healthy plants just about anywhere. It fits perfectly indoors or on balconies, porches, decks and patios. The lowest growing unit has spaces for six plants and each growing pod has spaces for eight plants! All growing pods easily rotate to maximize sunlight exposure, making it perfect for vegetables, herbs or flowers for any small space.
Natalie Brown, owner of Steel Coyote, started her new business earlier this year after spending nine years designing steel gates, handrails and fencing for others. In her shop in Sequim she works primarily with copper, integrating other metals such as steel, brass, hypertufa and other elements as accents. She cuts and shapes the metals, joins, colors, and textures with grinding, overlaying and heat-treating. Some piece incorporate recycled materials, others are all new. In May, 2012 she received a Special Merit Award from the Sequim Art Museum for one of her fish.
Seattle-based Little Mansions designs creates exceptional playhouses and furniture for everyone. They create beautiful spaces for work, play, community, and spirituality. Creative playhouses, inspiring work spaces, painted toy boxes, and custom furniture from reclaimed wood.
The Northwest Flower & Garden Show is an unparalleled gardening extravaganza. Tickets are now available on the show’s website, in ticket outlets or on our Facebook page. Join us, and experience everything gardening. ~ Janet