Northwest Flower & Garden Show February 1999
My sister in-law Mardi, Kris
Migos (Pres. of the EHS) and I had the chance to get away from all the snow for a couple
of days and treat ourselves to a visually delightful garden show in Seattle.
We stayed in the Westcoast Vance Hotel and
were treated very well. The staff were great in making our stay comfortable.
There were 28 show gardens - these were fully
landscaped with wonderful new ideas to take back home and think about for our own gardens.
I was particularly impressed with Molbak's display, but then I like a garden full of
pinks, purples and blues. There was a little bit if wimsy in it as well, since this was
Snow Whites refuge! You will see that one of the pictures includes a mouse!
There were many beautiful gardens and ideas -
using wrought iron on arbours added a different dimension to the top, keeping it light. I
also saw one that had copper tubing on the top. Water features in abundance and of course
Seattle Design Center has four different
rooms set up and from there we went to see the over 300 booths that were set up with
everything a gardener could want and then some!
Jasmine and Australian Bush Mint seem to be
the plants this year as they were almost in every booth...the smell of jasmine was in the
There were over 100 free seminars and
hands-on workshops for everyone from a novice to a seasoned gardener. The show covers five
acres on two floors...so make sure when you visit, you wear comfortable shoes.
If you still have the energy, there are
special exhibits like the Orchid show where over 20,000 orchids are displayed and sold, or
the Childrens gardens, or the Miniature gardens or even the Educational booths!
And yes, there is a huge area set aside to
rest those weary feet and partake of food or beveridge.
Hope you enjoy some of the pictures I took