Northwest Flower & Garden Show

Northwest Flower & Garden Show

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!

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  1. says

    How fun!! I have to admit I’m a little jelly. Seattle is one of my favorite places to visit. I would love to know what are the trends for 2012. I know succulents have been a big hit for the past couple of years. I wonder what the next “it” plant will be. I’m also looking for materials for bed building and walkways. People love crushed granite, but I can’t use it because it will scratch our wood floors.

    Please have a cup of coffee and some smoked salmon for me;)
    Have fun on your trip!

  2. says

    Thanks Steph! I think succulents will remain a popular plant, but I wonder if there’s another type of plant about to have its moment of fame, too. I’ll keep an eye out for walkway materials–have you ever tried granite gravel? Not as tiny as DG, and looks pretty cool, too.

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