How am I supposed to concentrate on prepping for Christmas – secret shopping, candy-making, light stringing, bulb forcing and decking those cursed halls – when I keep remembering that the Northwest Flower & Garden Show is right around the corner!!?! OK, so it’s not exactly riiiiight around the corner – this year’s show runs February 23-27, 2011 at the Washington State Convention & Trade Center in downtown Seattle.
In garden time, half past the-last-bulb-planting and a quarter to the-first-sowing-of-peas – what the rest of the world calls “Winter” – can be a difficult part of the year to navigate. We’re rested enough to have forgotten how much work it is, but not yet cooped up enough to get out into the cold and rain.
Visits to the NWFG show website get me through many a rainy, sodden, grey day. This year’s show, “Once Upon a Time…spectacular gardens with stories to tell,” sounds delightful. I do LOVE a good story and 5 busy days crammed with gardens, speakers, vendors and exhibits always gets my winter-dulled senses humming. Dazzling blooms; the trickle of countless water features (accompanied by the murmured prayers of garden-makers hoping they don’t spring a leak); the sweet scent of blossoms and real dirt; the warmth of a lush indoor horticultural wonderland and yes, even in mid-winter, delectable tastes from a generous garden.
I’m really excited about my role in this year’s show. Catch up with me in The Herbal Kitchen, my lively presentation on the DIY stage, Wednesday, 2/23 at 11am. I’ll tempt you with tales of soothing hot teas, kicky cocktails, delicious compound butters and flavorful herb vinegars, syrups, and pesto. Yes – of course - recipes are included!
And for something completely new this year, THE GARDEN SHOW: Incredible Edibles! A panel discussion modeled after a late-night talk show hosted by yours truly on Saturday, 2/26 at at 3:30pm. (Funny in a way, given that I never really stay up late enough to watch those kind of shows!) My guest garden luminaries will be: gardening and media rock star Joe Lamp’l; cooking legend Graham Kerr (I’m soooo star struck); vegetable gardening’s go-to girl Willi Evans Galloway and Teresa O’Conner, co-author of Grocery Gardening – a celebration of growing, harvesting, and preparing garden produce. It’ll be a spontaneous hour of candid conversation, the inside dirt on growing good food and probably more than a few laughs as I try and get in touch with my inner-Leno. Get the entire scoop here.
Early Bird Show tickets are now on sale throughout the region (for a list of locations go here) or may be purchased online. What a great stocking stuffer, gift topper, or hostess gift – a little breath of spring deep in the midst of winter.