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Official Guide to the 2012 Nothwest Flower & Garden Show


  • Buy tickets now at gardenshow.comProduced by The Seattle Times Advertising Department in partnership with the Northwest Flower & Garden Show

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    A FlorAl Symphony


  • Thanks to our valued partnersWelcome to the northwest Flower & garden show

    This years event hits a high note with the theme for 2012: A Floral Symphony Gardens Take Note. Our 25 gardens have imaginatively woven this theme into creative ways: orchids presented in a Symphony Hall setting, an innovative Grunge Garden and a garden with a grand piano as its centerpiece just to name a few.

    Youll also be treated to performances by top classical, gospel, jazz and bluegrass musi-cians in the South Lobby. Not to be outdone, children can join in the Rockin Robin fun at the Sprout Stage in The PlayGarden.

    Inspired by show attendees Ive met and the shows outstanding speakers and exhibitors, my own garden has begun a transformation unique to my family. Though my battle to grow acceptable pumpkins continues, our family shares in the joy that a garden brings. Its a place of constant change as the seasons come and go, backyard wildlife appears, and new plantings mature and bloom. This years show will generate plenty of take-home ideas for me and for you.

    Planning and managing the nations second-largest flower and garden show is truly a labor of love. Id like to thank our sponsors, creators, speakers, exhibitors, performers and staff who contribute their creativity and expertise to bring this show to life.

    And, of course, Id like to thank you this is your show. Happy gardening!

    Terry OLoughlin

    Producer, OLoughlin Trade Shows, Inc.

    Music performances take root at showA Floral Symphony Gardens Take Note sets the theme for this years show, featuring live music presentations at several stage areas.

    The South Lobby has been transformed into a multigenre musical showcase as top area groups take the stage for gospel, classical, jazz and bluegrass performances.

    Subaru presents Kenny Coleman (Brazilian). Other performers are Ray Baldwin (smooth jazz), Bella Trio (classical chamber music), Cascade Cut Ups (bluegrass), Julian Catford (classical guitar), Duo Savior Faire (clas-sical chamber music), Edmonds Woodway High School (jazz ensemble), Garfield (classic quartet), Orville Johnson (bluegrass), Paul Johnson (jazz), Kirkland Choral Society (vocal choral), Miles and Karina (variety), Sen-sible Shoes (Seattle Womens Chorus), Nelda Swiggett (jazz), Total Experi-ence Gospel Choir (gospel) and Wiretappers (bluegrass).

    The Sprout Stage presents lively childrens musical acts in the Rockin Robin-themed PlayGarden. Families can sing along with popular chil-drens singer/songwriters Caspar Babypants, Nancy Stewart, Your Imagi-nary Friend and Lisa Taylor with the Creepin Critters. Performances are daily at 10:30 a.m., 12:30 and 2:30 p.m.

    And dont forget, the shows display gardens weave unique musi-cal elements into their own themes creating an atmosphere of melodic magic across the entire show!

    NOrThWeST FlOWer & GArDeN ShOW GuiDe

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    Content was provided by the Northwest Flower & Garden Show.

    The Northwest Flower & Garden Show is produced by Northwest-based OLoughlin Trade Shows, Inc. The family-owned company, now spanning four generations, has grown over the past 71 years to become the largest producer of consumer shows in the West, including the Portland Home & Garden Show and the Tacoma Home & Garden Show.





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    The upbeat and catchy song Rockin Robin is the inspiration behind this years edition of The PlayGarden, an entertaining and interactive chil-drens feature. Kids, its OK to get your hands dirty!

    In conjunction with Seattle Chil-drens PlayGarden, the show has

    created The PlayGarden as a hands-on educational experience for children.

    The 5,000-square-foot activity area spotlights performances and activities in celebration of

    the shows theme: A Floral Symphony Gardens Take Note. Its free with admission to the show (children ages 12 and younger are admitted free to the show).

    It will be a fun-filled outdoor play environment where children can touch, play and learn, and take something home, says Wendy Welch, a Seattle-based garden designer and Seattle Childrens PlayGarden associate who has been working with the show to develop the exhibit.

    Harkening back to simpler times of play, The PlayGarden allows kids to roll up their sleeves and get their hands dirty while making Maxs Mud pies, playing in a sand-

    box full of birdseed, planting seeds to take home, pet-ting bunnies and chickens, and creating balls of nesting material for robins and other Pacific Northwest birds. It all takes place in a vintage 1950s kitchen vignette and wooded backyard filled with round-the-clock activities, including play with Hula-Hoops, pingpong and lawn mowers for pushing.

    Kids love a treasure hunt, and parents will love that their children have something to engage them while viewing the gardens. Every year, the garden creators conceal items in their gardens. This year, treasure hunters will be on the lookout for birdhouses. Partici-pants can record their finds on their Treasure Hunt forms to receive a prize courtesy of Molbaks!

    Treasure Hunt forms will be available at The PlayGar-den, at one of the two Show Information booths and at selected display gardens.

    The Seattle Childrens PlayGarden is the only facility of its type in the United States where both typically de-veloping children and children with special needs come together and garden year-round, says Liz Bullard, execu-tive director for the Seattle Childrens PlayGarden.

    For additional information, visit gardenshow .com or call 253-756-2121.

    rockin robin at The PlayGarden

    The PlayGarden


    benefit blanketBenefiting the Seattle Childrens PlayGarden, Pendleton Woolen Mills and the North-west Flower & Garden Show have teamed up to offer an exclusive, limited-edition Count-ing Sheep Eco-Wise Wool baby blanket. The regular price is $74; preorder for $60 at gardenshow.com or purchase at the show for the same special price of $60.

    You can also support Seattle Childrens PlayGar-den programs through an optional $1 donation when you buy tickets to the Northwest Flower & Garden Show.

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    three gardens show off small-space ideasMinimalism doesnt have to be small in idea, beauty or function. Living It Up! features limited-space gardening inspiration in three unique garden displays through the use of plantings, outdoor dcor and planters.

    A Garden of FragmentsFragments saved from previous gardens, repurposed materials and cuttings from gen-erous neighbors can be artfully assembled to create a tantalizing small garden. The small-space garden is a place to relax and savor a garden with a special personal history.

    The ideas are endless: cascading grasses, splashes of pink, dark feathery ferns and pale flowers tumbling from a container to re-create fondly remembered combina-tions. Repurposed furniture, fabric from grandmothers trousseau, old Christmas ornaments and worn garden art can all be positioned for the desired effect.


    in Through the Out DoorAlmost a secret garden and patio space tucked in off the side of a home in an urban setting, this garden is packed with big-garden features.

    Circular paving stones are surrounded by low natural stone borders and boulders. Hand-forged iron plant stakes in an unfold-ing fiddle-leaf fern motif and handmade iron vines support grapevines and festive lighting around the garden. Creations by local artists include a hand-blown glass fruit bowl set in crows shaped from iron.

    A small water feature is tucked in next to the walls of the house with the out door leading from the garden to a wine cellar.


    Starting the Day on the PatioThis garden is practical, functional and en-joyable. The planters are Roman Pisa and the patio pavers are Standard-Pacific Slate finish. The use of hardscape materials offers low maintenance and a pleasant environment to enjoy the outdoors any time of day.


    living it up!


    TMThe marketplace

    The hottest new garden tools, gifts for the gardener, hand-crafted art and furniture, and new plant introductions will be among the offerings from more than 300 exhibitors in the Northwest Flower & Garden Shows Marketplace. This one-stop-shopping experi