Prepare for delightful sensory overload at the NW Flower & Garden Festival

Greg Stevens

THE CLOCK IS TICKING, and the countdown has started to opening day of the 2023 Northwest Flower & Backyard Pageant.

Previously, unflagging creators and installation groups are making show gardens stocking shelves with backyard goods and clever products and setting the stage to host seminars offered by the top names in horticulture, layout and garden creating.

Talking from expertise, the practically-balletic maneuvering of heavy products among the so several targeted personnel is both equally mesmerizing and slightly alarming. But when the curtain lifts on the early morning of Feb. 15, site visitors will be dealt with to dazzling blooms and birdsong.

2023 Northwest Flower & Backyard garden Pageant

When: Feb. 15-19, 2023.
Where by: Seattle Convention Centre, 705 Pike St., Seattle (formerly the Washington Condition Convention Heart).
Tickets: Total information are at
Wellness & Basic safety: The Northwest Flower & Back garden Pageant will stick to CDC recommendations at the time of the festival. Sufficient sanitation stations will be obtainable throughout the Convention Middle.

Elaborate and ingenious show gardens have been the stars of the pageant considering that it commenced in 1989. Starting up from a taped-off boundary on the floor of the Seattle Conference Middle, working with plants, hardscape, often h2o and usually tricky work, backyard creators have just 72 hours to develop a theatrical illusion that will have you forgetting that, seriously, you are in downtown Seattle in deep midwinter.

This calendar year, some of the 18 most important display screen gardens will transportation you to an alpine meadow, a backyard retreat and a walk as a result of all 4 seasons. West Seattle Nursery, a group preferred with quite a few gold medal-successful gardens under its toolbelt, returns with an genuine choose on a Pacific Northwest shade yard.

Above on the daylight-flooded skybridge, examine 10 City Dwelling vignettes, modest area layouts packed with impressive thoughts and furnishings for gardeners with minimal area. From city jungle and intercontinental fantasy to successful and comforting spaces, these compact shows show inspiration will come in all sizes.

Spouse and children-friendly pageant actions incorporate a treasure hunt for little ones — earn a cost-free plant! — sponsored by T&L Nursery, and “Herb Your Enthusiasm,” presented by Vegepod United states of america, a fingers-on planting station that will have your minor types excited to expand (and hopefully take in) veggies.

It’s sensory overload in the most pleasant way. I recommend you pause for refreshment.

In addition to Conference Heart food items and beverage outlets, you could want to order a glass of wine or a signature cocktail on the clearly show ground in advance of you muster on to the Market, in which additional than 300 suppliers current a tempting array of backyard resources, goods for outdoor living, handmade art, household décor and extra.

This year’s plant market is more substantial than at any time and features several new sellers, which include Fremont’s very own Peace Love and Pleasure Club, a neighborhood store and online vacation spot presenting the newest exceptional and exotic houseplant finds. Rest confident, outside plant-trying to find gardeners will uncover dahlia tubers, orchids, seeds and tempting specialty crops, all certain to blur the fact of your accessible planting space.

This year’s listing of seminar matters at the NWFG Festival, showcasing presenters from near and much — hometown heroes to worldwide stars — reads like a learn class on residing your finest garden daily life. Nearly 100 seminars, which includes inspiring and useful illustrated lectures and simple reside demonstrations of backyard capabilities, floral structure and garden crafts, are crammed with lots of get-home how-to suggestions for commencing and skilled gardeners alike.

Stuffed with inspiration, information and facts and blooms galore, the Northwest Flower & Back garden Pageant is an invitation to suspend our perception (and winter season) and escape to spring.

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