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.

One Response

  1. The WSU greenhouse in Puyallup was filled with bloom & color that winter. Many an hour was spent taming & training the scarlet runner beans which had a tendancy to climb up on anything within their reach. Sunflowers were blooming together with the scarlet runner beans & the chards, lettuce & kale provided wonderful winter color.
    We remember breathing a sigh of relief after we loaded the plants into ED Hume’s trucks to be taken to the Convention Center.
    The display garden was certainly the peoples garden! There was a lot of interest in straw bale plantings & growing vegetables and planting extra for the food banks. As Master Gardeners we were honored to have been invited by Rose Marie & the Garden Writers to be part of this worthy project.


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