Garden Love

Love—and an apparently an early spring—is in the air here in the PNW.

Nothing makes gardening heads spin and senses swoon like the opening of the Northwest Flower & Garden Show. Abundant floral displays, the sweet heady scent of gardens, and festive crowds filled with love (and lust) for all things growing. It’s a regular week-long Valentine’s day celebration of the Goddess Flora!

The show officially opens on Wednesday, the 20th, but I’ll be there Tuesday to help select the display garden that best demonstrates the regional nature of PNW garden design to receive the Pacific Horticulture award. Scroll down for a slide show featuring last year’s winning Pac Hort  garden created by the Arboretum Foundation with support from Seattle Audubon.

With more than 100 seminars and demos to choose from, featuring speakers from up and down the West Coast—and beyond—I’m making a list and plotting each day to squeeze every last bit of garden goodness from 5 incredibly busy days.

I’ll also be spending part of every day at the Pacific Horticulture/Northwest Horticulture Society booth where we’re offering a NWFG show membership special and talking with folks about what they’d like to see in the pages of our magazine. I’d love to meet you and talk about all things growing.

Or, plan on catching up with me at one of my appearances at this year’s show:

Thursday (2/21) 1:30  pm– Feasting in Winter, a cooking demonstration featuring cool season crops – in other words what we’re growing and eating the OTHER 10 months of the PNW year. I love to cook and share with friends and family – but I am NOT a professional; this ought to be entertaining~

Friday (2/22) 10:00 am – Homegrown, an illustrated talk about how to plan and plant for our unique PNW growing conditions based on my latest book just out from Timber Press entitled Growing Vegetables in the Pacific Northwest.  I’m a bit more comfortable with LCD projectors but you can’t eat a pretty picture!

I’ll be signing books following both appearances as well as at the UW Bookstore booth at 2:00 pm on Friday.

Plotting, planning, shopping, and dreaming. It’s the start of another growing season and I’m raring to go.

 

Photo gallery of last year’s Pacific Horticulture award winning garden: “Birdsong” created by The Arboretum at Washington Park, Seattle Audubon. Designed by Bob Lily, Phil Wood, and Roger Williams.

(click thumbnail to start the slides, then toggle between shots with onscreen arrows or your keyboard)