It has always been one of my favorite things about February. Northwest Flower and Garden Festival I attended the first in Seattle in 1999 and could hardly believe my eyes. As a new gardener and newcomer to the show, I was amazed at the amazing feat of putting together this horticultural wonderland indoors. I didn’t know that birdsong was a recording and that people spent countless hours collecting and collecting plants by force. To this day, I marvel at the displays, which were created in such a short time but look like they’ve been there for years.
The Northwest Flower and Garden Festival has something for everyone.
Over the course of my relationship with this event, the way I engage with it has evolved and changed. Not only have I been an attendee, but I have also experienced the garden as an exhibitor. There was a lot of angst in my first exhibition year, and I devoted many hours and a lot of work behind the scenes. I have performed in many shows since then and have enjoyed the whole process each time. No matter if you’re an attendee or an exhibitor, this indoor gardening extravaganza is a great place to meet gardeners from around the world, see new products, hear great speakers, get new ideas and inspiration, and connect with other people. is a wonderful method. A passion for gardening
Get ready for five fun days of gardening in mid-February.
The 2023 Northwest Flower and Garden Festival, titled “Spring Vibes Only,” takes place February 15-19 at the Washington Convention Center. With over 20 display gardens and 90 seminars and workshops, this is the place to start your spring. The show’s website (gardenshow.com) provides everything you need to know, from daily schedules to program details, vendor information, and directions to getting there and where to park.
There is no doubt that the display gardens are a crowd favorite at the show. Local designers and companies put these gardens together indoors in just 3½ days and are then judged by renowned horticulturists and designers. It’s a wonderful opportunity to see unusual plants and exciting new ideas for outdoor living that will inspire you to revamp your garden. Along with eateries, there are vendors selling plants, innovative products, and all things gardening. There are booths from botanical gardens, booksellers, antique dealers, garden associations and nonprofit organizations.
Learning opportunities around every corner
Free seminars are always good and with trendy garden ideas, socially responsible gardening, and craft workshops; There are even meet-and-greet events with your favorite authors. Interactive presentations such as “Container Wars” feature local celebrities and personalities trying their hand at garden and flower design. “Blooms and Bubbles” is a workshop that is sure to sell out in the 2023 lineup, as it offers a wonderful opportunity to create a floral piece with lighthearted instruction from a floral professional.
On Friday, February 17, 2023, you can join. Bagicha Bazaar for a special seminar series at the Northwest Flower and Garden Festival. This series is free with your NWFGF ticket purchase. To know more about this Bagicha Bazaar Program, Plants for a better planet, go here
A list of all NWFGF seminars is available on the show’s website. It’s a good idea to plan your visit before you arrive so you can maximize your time enjoying all the shows there are. And if one day isn’t enough, there’s a discounted two-day ticket option. Children are also welcome, and there are gardens and activities they can relate to. It’s a great place for gardeners of all ages and skill levels to experience and nurture a love of gardening.
-Susan Calhoun is the owner of Plants Woman Design in Bainbridge Island, Washington.
Photos: Susan Calhoun