Hitting the Road in Search of Spring


Stuck in the throes of winter it’s hard to feel inspired about spring. The garden is frozen. The local plant stores are either closed or running on limited hours. It’s enough to cause a mid winter melt down.

But there, right in that moment of despair, a twinkle, a sparkle. A promise of spring. Haven’t you seen it? The way you have been lingering in the grocery store at the seed display. Or how the Maclean’s & People’s magazines on your coffee table seem to have disappeared and been replaced with seed catalogs. Covered in post it tabs, with hand scrawled notes exulting the awesomeness of the yellow pear tomato.

Yes the ground is frozen, but there is still gardening to do. Even if it’s just the type you live out in your head, or across the pages of your favorite garden magazine and seed catalog. From vegetables to flowers, lists are being made. The must-haves, the couldn’t live without’s and the dare-to-dream list. This Year’s garden is being planned.

Warm soil beneath the fingers may still be a long way off for the West Coast, but until then why not break out of the mundane and jump into spring with a trip to Seattle Washington for the Northwest Flower & Garden Show!

Located at the Washington State Convention Center, the Garden show is celebrating 25th year, it’s Silver Anniversary. Promising to build upon it’s already tremendous reputation, this is no ordinary show. Inside these buildings top garden designers from across the region bring spring to life with 6 acres of planted landscape and amazing garden displays. Everything from large trees, and shrubs to pools, ponds and chicken coops are trucked in. Set up must be crazy, yo!

The NWFGS also boasts the largest roster of free horticulture seminars of any garden show in the world. They’re not just bragging, they have so many great speakers this year that I’ve had to extend my stay just to fit them all in! If that wasn’t enough, the show also hosts over 3oo exhibitor’s prepared to help us fill our gardens with everything from plants to antiques to some seriously spectacular garden art. The market has something for everyone and is sure to delight any gardening enthusiast.

This year working with the NWFGS, I’ll be blogging from the show. Bringing you 3 full days of inspired ideas, productive planting schemes and hot plant combo’s for your spring garden! I’m taking advantage of the Canadian Package located on the Gardenshow.com to maximize my stay, and so should you. There are some real perks available for Canadians making the cross border trek to the show. Booking through the site, the Canadian Hotel package includes:

  • Free 2-day pass to the show!
  • Complimentary Breakfast
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • 50% off valet parking
  • 20% off all food & beverage

 The Northwest Flower & Garden Show runs February 20th-24th at the Washington State Convention Center.


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