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Never mind the chilly weather, spring has arrived at the Northwest Flower & Garden Show through Sunday, Feb. 9, at the Washington State Convention Center.

Gardeners eagerly await the show each year, and there is lots for anyone to see and do at the show, whether you’re an avid gardener, new to gardening or simply a fan of Mother Nature.

Display gardens full of colorful flowers, plants and imaginative accessories are one of the event’s most popular features, an array of colors and scents of spring and summer to enjoy while picking up ideas and inspiration for your own garden.

Themed display gardens include “50 Shades of Orchids,” “Art-itecture for Urban Wildlife,” “Monet Dreamed Here,” “The Art of Zen — Finding Zen in Your Own Backyard” and many more.

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The Small Space Showcase along the Convention Center’s Skybridge displays 14 creative container gardens with lots of practical ideas and inspiration for apartment and condo dwellers or anyone with a limited outdoor space.

Bulbs, plants, tools, seeds, furniture, fountains, decking, fences, trellis, green houses, wind chimes, bee and bird houses, jewelry, art, garden accessories, containers, floral tools and more are available from a huge array of vendors, including a Vintage Garden Market with vintage clothing, china and furniture re-imagined, repurposed for gardens, and 35 garden organizations with a variety of information on gardening and garden events.

Continuous seminars cover topics from Gardening 101 to kitchen gardens, pruning advice, gardening with chickens, native trees and shrubs and garden-to-table cooking demonstrations and recipes.

Seattle’s waterfront project is the focus of the new “Play With Friends” interactive-family area with Legos to create structures, fish and sea creatures, tech aides to help kids produce animation videos and, Saturday and Sunday, a Seattle Aquarium harbor seals exhibit.

There’s food and beverage service on site, or you can venture to downtown eateries and get your hand stamped for same-day re-entry to the show. Parking is available at the Convention Center and other local pay lots.

Madeline McKenzie:

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