It's the season of flower and garden shows! I'm so excited to be attending the Northwest Flower & Garden Show in Seattle this week! It'll be a quick trip--I'm leaving Wednesday and coming back on Friday, but it's my first time to be going to this particular show, so I'm really looking forward to it. This show has been providing inspiration to gardeners since 1989, featuring 6 acres of show gardens, vendors, container displays, floral competition and garden seminars. I attend these shows not only because I'm a gardener who loves the sensory overload of over-the-top gardens, but as a designer I pick up all sorts of ideas for my clients--new plants, different combinations, hardscape construction and creative details that take a garden from pretty good to incredible. I also get to catch up with other writers and designers from all over the country--many of us know each other professionally online, but these shows provide us with an opportunity to network and bounce ideas off one another. As I prepare to leave, let me know if there is something you'd like me to keep an eye out for--are you interested in container plantings for your yard and need new ideas? Or are you considering removing your lawn and wonder what to put in its place? Are you an indoor gardener and long for inspiration for your inside plants? Let me know what's important to you, and I'll do my best to track it down!