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2018 NW Flower & Garden Show Sneaks

January 18, 2018

The NW Flower & Garden Show 2018 (or Festival, as they’re now calling it) opens February 7th this year, and I can’t wait. I’m working on three new, exciting seminars.

NWFGS Container Wars in 2017

Hate the name. Love the Game! NWFGS live competitions are such fun for everyone!

And, I’ve got some great goodies to hand out to some lucky folks to attend my talks. But, I’m getting ahead of myself.

Here are a few of the things I can’t wait to experience at this year’s show:

  • Growing even as we age: One of my seminars this year takes a look at ways we can work toward a garden that accommodates our needs as we age. In doing research, I learned that ElderGrow will have an educational presence at the show. Don’t know them? Come to my seminar, Retire into Your Garden with Ease, on Wednesday, 2/7/2018 at 7pm in the NWFGS Rainier Room to learn more (sneak: Attend & possibly take home some free tools to make gardening easier). Or, look for Eldergrow in your show program.
  • Display Gardens: I always look for new inspiration, plants and cool products among the many amazing gardens.
    2017 Choice Landscapes at NWFGS

    Choice Garden’s adorable 2017 display garden. Will they do as well in 2018?

    In 2017, I wanted to move into the little cottage setting created by Ryan and Choice Landscapes. I’ll be looking closely for more from them this year.

  • Less is More Learning: The seminar rooms is where I’ll be spending most of my time during the show. And not just because I’m giving three talks this year. NWFGS always brings in the best speakers to inspire my growth.
    • Last year, Dan Hinkley’s talk on ways to transform and reduce lawns, included a hilarious “Drink & Mow” methodology. He may have meant it as a joke, but we took it seriously and to great effect. More on that in my Is That a Weed or What? seminar on Sunday, 2/11/2018 at 2:15pm in the Rainier Room.

      Is That a Weed or What?

      Before you pull, cultivate, harvest or eat, be sure you are 100% certain what’s what with each plant! (Sneak: Join us for this 3-part presentation & you may take home some tools to help you with weeds & what-nots.)

    • No watering required gardening is something none of us can afford to miss. I’m looking forward to slipping into Kirk R. Brown’s talk on the subject in the Hood Room on Wednesday, 2/7/2018 at 12:30pm for at least a few minutes before I have to set up for my first seminar of the show: So You Want to Keep Bees?, which begins at 2:45pm on 2/7/2018 in the Rainier Room.
  • Visiting the battlegrounds: If you came to see me compete in the the Container Wars arena last year, you already know that I’m not a fan of the name of the various competitions. So much so, I brought peace offerings to my competitor, and we participated in more of a fun, educational cooper-tition than a war. But, here’s the thing: these programs are hilarious, educational and involves the audience. And, this year there’s a live floral arranging competition in addition to a container design competition. Sadly, I don’t get to play on stage this year, but others in the line ups are gonna be great!
  • Plant-a-holics: Last year I picked up onion starts, seeds, a self-fertile apple tree, a few orchids, and a number of air plants. This year, I look forward to visiting the plant market for more of the same. Once you get hooked on air plants and orchids, there’s just no turning back. And, who doesn’t end up taking home at least a few things to grow from this fantastic festival of all things garden?

See you at the show!

-Robin

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