Destinations: Spring arrives (30 days early!) next week at the Northwest Flower and Garden Festival, February 20-24 at the Washington State Convention Center

Saturday, February 16, 2019

The Bee House - a 2018 display garden
Photo by Doug Gochenour
SEATTLE— Spring arrives 30 days early next week in Seattle as the Northwest Flower and Garden Festival returns February 20-24 at the Washington State Convention Center 705 Pike St, Seattle 98101

North America’s second-largest garden event celebrates “Gardens of The World” as its theme for 2019 — inspiring the creation of over 20 spectacular gardens by top regional designers.

The five-day festival encompasses over 100 free seminar presentations, entertaining and educational interactive attractions, more than 350 high-quality Marketplace vendors (including 70 new additions) and more.

Attracting gardening newbies and veteran “green thumbs” alike, the 31st annual event includes a packed line-up of features, including:

Over 20 stunning display gardens — with thousands of blooming flowers--spotlighting spectacular colors, textures and lifestyle features plus useful take-home ideas. These fully landscaped gardens are created by leading garden design professionals.

Around-the-clock free seminars with a line-up of 70 nationally-known authorities and top regional experts. The seminar program includes 102 presentations in nine categories including gardening with houseplants, edibles, culinary skills, a variety of DIY demonstrations, sustainability trends and more.

Dueling experts take the stage in “Container Wars” at 11:30am daily, giving festival-goers a first-hand look at creating beautiful and practical containers. It’s fast-paced and fun, with plenty of good-natured verbal jousting between the gardening luminaries.

World-class shopping in the Marketplace, including over 30 vendors in the “Plant Market,” tasty regional food products in the “Gourmet Marketplace,” eclectic offerings in the “Vintage Garden Market,” tasteful art for the home and garden, clever tools, useful services and much more.

For those making their home in an apartment or condo — or have a ground-level spot ready for a makeover—“City Living” gardens are both inspiring and beautiful! Located on the Skybridge, ten 6-foot x 12-foot garden gems are created by leading Pacific Northwest designers and retail nurseries.

The new “Blooms and Bubbles” floral design workshops led by local experts. Sip on a glass of champagne while creating a lovely finished product to take home. Space is limited, and cost for attendees (age 21 and over) is $45 per person, including materials and bubbly, of course!

Festival hours and ticket info
Dates and hours for the 2019 Northwest Flower and Garden Festival are Wednesday through Saturday (February 20-23), 9am to 8pm; and Sunday (February 24), 9am to 6pm.

Purchase tickets online and save! Early Bird tickets are now on sale for $19 (a savings of $5), available through February 19. For added value, skip the lines once the doors open and purchase Adult admission tickets online for $22 (a savings of $2). Regular Adult admission at the door is $24; Student (13 to 23 years) - $10; and Children (12 and under) are FREE.


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