“Sustainable Spaces. Beautiful Places”
September 5th, 2008
I’m standing with Richard Turner, editor-in-chief of Pacific Horticulture magazine. We’re volunteering at the 2008 NWFGS in Seattle, visiting with Dawn Chaplin, formerly a fellow board member of Northwest Horticultural Society and a great garden-touring pal (she’s now a Whatcom Co. Hort. Society board member).
The press release just arrived in my in-box, and it announced the 2009 Northwest Flower & Garden Show’s theme. It’s only six months away – and I’m already excited! The theme: SUSTAINABLE SPACES. BEAUTIFUL PLACES. I like it! A lot!
The Northwest Flower & Garden Show, created by my pal, the talented and visionary Duane Kelly, today announced its 2009 theme:
“. . . (the) show will place a major focus on gardening materials and techniques that are good for the environment,” said Duane Kelly, chairman and founder of the annual event, now in its twenty-first year. “Show goers can expect to come away with a number of great ideas that conserve resources such as water and soil while, at the same time, making their gardens more self-sustaining and easier to care for.
“During the past year, organic gardening and vegetable gardening have grown in popularity thanks to the public’s keen interest in doing what’s best for the environment. The movement has also gained traction with consumers seeking homegrown fruits and vegetables that not only taste better but reduce ever increasing grocery bills.”
Yeah! I can’t wait to see how stainability and edible gardening are reflected in the 25 full-scale display gardens, created by Northwest landscape designers. [At left: “A Spring Day,” a charming garden designed by Pamela Richards, a former Gold Medal winner and perennial favorite]
The annual event, which spans a total of six acres, will showcase 25 full-scale gardens and offer over 120 free seminars for both veteran and aspiring gardeners looking for ideas and information on how to reinvigorate any outdoor living space. Full-scale gardens will focus on a greener future, featuring the elements of a sustainable lifestyle including native plants, organic vegetable gardens, creative recycling and composting.
Plan on coming to Seattle in February! I’ll be there, along with many of my talented friends. See you there!
WHAT: 2009 Northwest Flower & Garden Show
WHEN: February 18 – 22, 2009
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Sunday, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
WHERE: Washington State Convention and Trade Center, 7th & Pike, Seattle, Washington
A post-script for those who follow Flower Show happening’s:
Earlier this year, the San Francisco Flower & Garden Show, a sister show to the NWFGS, announced it is moving to a new location for 2009. This awesome, five-day showcase for Northern California gardening is relocating to the San Mateo Event Center from the Cow Palace, where it has been produced for the past 11 years. The dates – for the 24th annual garden show – are March 18-22, 2009. For more details, visit www.gardenshow.com.