Twits, Tweets, Good Friends & Coffee: Early Mornings Rule at the Northwest Flower & Garden Show!


Watremark_DSC_8019The Northwest Flower & Garden Show blew through Seattle last week, turning winter on its head. Yes the Emerald City laid host to 5 full days of spring! Dorthy and the Tin Man greeted us with open arms, spring bulbs and the intoxicating aroma of spring! (I apologize for the lack of ‘scratch and sniff’ technology here on the blog. You could give it a try anyways… Didn’t work? Oh well, maybe next year.)

There under the roof of the enormous Washington State Convention Center, the show gardens stretched as far as the eye could see. With over an acre of  inspiring gardens, patios and outdoor living solutions there was something for everyone. Packed with enough quirky and revolutionary ideas to fill any gardeners ‘to-do’ list for the upcoming season.

Earlier in the week I brought you a look at one of my favorite gardens with a post on Learning to Dance, at the Northwest Flower & Garden Show, and we felt a little summer sizzle with a peek into the container gardens with Wordless Wednesday: Savoring the Heat.  Want more? Stay tuned. Next week I’ll be bring you more hot garden trends straight from the show.  I’ll also be showcasing some of my favorite creative planters and a collection of containers that simply bowled me over. You can stay up to date on my recent posts by following me on Twitter @GardeningDame or show me some love by hopping over to my brand spanking new Facebook page and giving it a ‘like’.


Can I be honest? One of my favorite part of the show has little to do with the gardens. The great peeps at the Northwest Flower & Garden Show are social media savvy. They stay connected year round under the hashtag #NWFGS. Keeping in touch with gardeners and garden writers from across the US and Canada. Getting us itching for spring even in the darkest moments of winter. This was the third year I have had the pleasure of joining my online friend IRL at the show for an early morning Tweet Up! We get together, catch up like old friends and wander the show gardens while the convention center is still waking up for the day.


Billy Goodnick aka @GardenWiseGuy tells Lani Lee @Melange81 and Linda Dieter @ldieter809 about some ‘interesting’ lolipop trees and other ‘Crimes against Horticulture‘.


Colleen Pfeilschiefter @CPfeils chatting with fellow garden writers.

Watremark_DSC_7673A little morning goofyness from the Subaru team Kevin Davis @RentonSubaru, Abanca Jacobs @AbanaJacobs and Garden Writer Barbara Wise @BWiseGardens.


Loree @DangerGardener from the wild and wonderful blog Danger Gardener, and Dee Nash @Reddirtramblin my friend and colleague and Proven Winners Garden Guru for the Central US.

Watremark_DSC_7670Bren @BG_Garden was everywhere! I swear she must be wearing a pair of those rollerblade/sneakers because she gets from one end of the convention center to the other quickly and with ease. Make sure to follow Bren on Twitter,  and tune in every Monday night for #gardenchat!

Watremark_DSC_7781Hey look! It’s Stephanie Rose @Garden_Therapy  and me @GardeningDame catching up at the show. Garden Therapy also made the trip down from the Vancouver area. Make sure to follow her blog for fantastic home and garden projects and ideas that are sure to inspire!


It was wonderful to see so many familiar faces and meet so many new ones! A big shout out Janet Endsley @NWFGS for all of the hard work she and her staff do to put on events like this. Make sure to follow them on Twitter and on Facebook to keep updated. Who knows, maybe I’ll see you at the next tweet up!



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8 comments on “Twits, Tweets, Good Friends & Coffee: Early Mornings Rule at the Northwest Flower & Garden Show!

  1. Stephanie on said:

    What fun it was! I’m glad that us Vancouver gals got to explore the show together for a while. Looking forward to doing that more here.

    • Laura on said:

      For sure. We have to book some time for a garden tours or two this summer. Lets see if we can convince Kristin to join us! It was great to see you again Stephanie!

  2. Bren (@BG_garden) on said:

    What a great time we had and the coffee wasn’t all that bad either. I loved seeing you in person again … it is so hard to Tweet when we are busy hugging everyone! Thank you Laura for such wonderful comments. I feel like I’m walking on air at this show because I just don’t want to miss anything and it is such a happy place to be a part of. The Northwest Flower and Garden show is a must attend for everyone. I can’t wait to see you next year!!!

    • Laura on said:

      Yes, it was great to see everyone wasn’t it? I’m so thankful for the opportunity to get in there to see the gardens before the crowds come in. Then add all of you fine folks, and it makes it just about perfect! It’s great to be a part of a group of such enthusiastic gardeners. Wonderful really. 🙂

  3. Loree/danger garden on said:

    Whoa! That’s more photos of me in one place than I normally see in a whole year! it was great to see you again Laura…fun post! And I agree, it really is the people that make the show.

    • Laura on said:

      Ha! I know what you mean. I put myself in there too, just to prove I’m a good sport! 😀 It was great to see you Loree.

  4. marufhosen on said:

    I love your blog .This is a cool site and I wanted to post a little note to tell you, good job! Best wishes!!!
    Green Onyx

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