Portland Yard Garden & Patio Show

February 23,24,and 25th, you’ll find us in Portland at The Yard Garden & Patio Show. Nichols Garden Nursery is at booth 812. Stop by and see us, if you mention The Gardener’s Pantry blog, we’d like you to have a complimentary packet of sunflower or spinach seed, your choice. This show is at the beautiful Portland Convention Center and is the show where Oregon and Southern Washington gardeners come together once a year to shop, attend seminars and get a jump start on the gardening season. The beautifully designed display gardens at this show have theatrical lighting. A popular new feature is a wine garden and many attendees enjoy a stroll through the gardens with a class of wine in the evening. I’ll be speaking at 12:30 Friday on Containers & Small Space Edible Gardening and at 3:30 Sunday it’s Seed School 101 for those who want to learn how to grow a garden successfully and economically from a few packets of seeds.

February, garden show time!

As you might imagine, February is a busy month for us. Gardeners are ordering seeds and ready to plant. I seem to be falling a bit behind on my blog but stay with me as that will change.

It’s flower show time in the Northwest and Keane and I head up to Seattle Thursday, February 15th for two days of enjoying the ever wonderful Northwest Flower & Garden Show. I’ll never forget the first show I attended when Starbucks was only a coffee wagon in the hotel lobby. After buying my first tall latte’ ever I walked down Pike Street and into a wonderland of blooming trees, thatched cottages, an abundance of flowers, and even waterfalls. The sweet moist scent of spring was in the air and everything was right with my world. I’ve been back many times, as a garden designer, a sales exhibitor and as a speaker. This year I’m there to enjoy the show and attend a Garden Writers Association meeting. We so appreciate the effort so many put into this show and the price of a ticket brings hours of therapy to a gardener with winter doldrums. This years show runs February 14th thru 18th at the Washington Convention center.

The Garden of Eatin’

I designed this garden in 2004 for The GWA project “Plant A Row For The Hungry”. With the collaboration of NW garden writers and Pierce County Master Gardeners, we built this garden in four days. It was voted winner of “the peoples choice award” and also received a gold medal. We raised public awareness for PAR and the value of planting a little extra and contributing our garden surplus to local food banks or soup kitchens. I will write more about Plant a Row for the Hungry in the future.