Gardening enthusiasts, be sure to check out this guide to the 2013 Northwest Flower and Garden Show, held annually for five days in downtown Seattle’s Washington State Convention Center. Whether you grow flowers and vegetables every year or you’re just getting into gardening, you’ll find something here to make your green thumb grow.
Northwest Flower And Garden Show
Washington State Convention Center
800 Convention Place
Seattle, WA 98101
Hours: Feb. 20 to 24 – Wednesday through Saturday 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sunday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Price: $16 / adult tickets purchased before Feb. 20; $20 / adult tickets at the door; $5 / youth ages 13 to 17; free / children 12 and younger
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The Northwest Flower and Garden Show held its first show in 1989 and has grown to an event featuring more than 300 exhibitors per year. In 2013, it is celebrating its silver anniversary, which means this will be the 25th year of providing the magic of flower shows to the Pacific Northwest. Gardening enthusiasts from all over the country attend this yearly event and visitors can expect to view over six acres of blooming show gardens, as well as step-by-step demonstrations from professionals on how to care for plants and flowers, grow them effectively and arrange them decoratively. In addition to demonstrations, visitors may attend seminars that are geared toward particular areas of interest, such as beginning gardeners, vegetable gardeners, herbal enthusiasts, flower enthusiasts and much more.
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Varieties of themed garden landscapes are created each year for the annual Northwest Flower and Garden Show. For 2013, some of this year’s garden creators will present the following exhibits, each with its own catchy title: A Hobbit’s New Zealand Garden, Alien On Vacation – Xenomorph Meets Earth’s Most Lethal Plant Colony, California Dreaming, Disco Fever!, On the Road to Oz! and Living Amongst the Stars. Each exhibit showcases unique landscape architecture techniques, plant and flower arrangements, tree and shrub design, cascading waterfalls or manmade ponds, stoned or cemented walkways and fencing or outbuilding designs.
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Throughout the show, attendees can utilize a variety of guest services, including package checking, coat checking, wheelchair rentals and a lost and found area. Food and beverages will also be available in the convention center through several concession stands, as well as Seattle’s Skybridge Cafe and Tuscany Wine Garden. The cafe offers everything from coffee and breakfast foods and snack, to cold drinks, bottled water, salads and sandwich meals.
The night before the Northwest Flower and Garden Show’s starts, there is always a preview party open to the public. Tickets must be purchased in advance and the proceeds benefit a longtime Seattle non-profit organization, the Arboretum Foundation. Guests of the preview party can participate in silent auctions, enter to win vacation getaways and restaurant gift cards, enjoy live music, and dine on delectable foods with paired spirits.
If you’ll be driving to the Northwest Flower and Garden Show, there are two large parking garages within walking distance of the convention center. The Convention Center Parking Garage is located to the north, while the Freeway Park Garage is about two blocks to the east. Both garages are accessible via Eighth Avenue entrances. Visitors can also utilize other transportation services in place including ferries, city buses, taxi service or the Seattle Link Light Rail commuter train, which stops at Westlake Center, just a few blocks from the show.
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