Everything you need to know about the Northwest Flower & Garden Show, which runs through Sunday, Feb. 21, at the Washington State Convention Center.

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Spring is in colorful, fragrant bloom at the Northwest Flower & Garden Show through Sunday, Feb. 21, at the Washington State Convention Center. Gardening enthusiasts from around the Northwest look forward to the annual show’s display gardens, seminars and marketplace, but green thumbs aren’t required, especially with this year’s theme, “America the Beautiful: Celebrating America’s National Parks and Landmarks.”

As part of the National Park Service’s Centennial this year, the show hosts a staffed “Ranger Station” resource center with information on visiting National Parks around the U.S., and display gardens with themes including Washington’s Mount Rainier, Olympic and North Cascades National Parks, Utah’s Zion National Park, Wyoming’s Grand Teton and Yellowstone Parks, and Alaska’s Denali National Park.

Display gardens also include Washington Park Arboretum’s tribute to the Olympic Peninsula’s Hoh Rain Forest; edible landscapes complete with a chicken coop; a “catio” cat-friendly patio with a New York City theme; tropical paradise of Kauai, Hawaii’s, “Garden Isle;” a Coupeville garden; desert garden; and “An Orchid Eruption” of exotic blooming orchids in a walk-through faux-volcano.

Northwest Flower & Garden Show

Time: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, Feb. 17-20; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 21

Cost: $22; $5/ages 13-17, ages 12 and younger free; $10/after 3 p.m. Friday-Saturday, after 2 p.m. Sunday

Location: Washington State Convention Center, 800 Convention Place, Seattle

More info: 253-238-3807 or gardenshow.com

Seminars and demonstrations at several venues cover an extensive variety of topics for beginning to expert gardeners, from Landscaping 101 to information on specific plants, pruning, gardening to attract hummingbirds, creating outdoor spaces for serenity, small-space solutions for outdoor living for apartment and condo dwellers, and many more.

Garden Wars, a reality-show themed duel with teams of local TV and radio celebrities competing to create a garden in less than an hour, returns this year after drawing capacity crowds daily at last year’s show.


Related video: Competing for a gold-medal garden

Over three feverish days, Bob Lilly and his team of Arboretum Foundation volunteers struggle to transform their plot inside the Washington State Convention Center into an award-winning garden. Read more. (Lauren Frohne / The Seattle Times)    

Garden-show aficionados pace their day with time to admire the acre of display gardens and browse through the extensive Marketplace of plants, tools and accessories and garden and home art, interspersed with time to sit at seminars and stops at food vendors and the wine garden. As a new feature this year, local wine, craft beer and the show’s signature cocktail garnished with an edible flower are available while walking through the display gardens and marketplace. Food vendors include sushi, tacos, ramen, salads, sandwiches and snacks.

Casual visitors and/or bargain hunters can visit the show for $10, less than half-price, after 3 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, with plenty of time to take in the gardens, floral displays and marketplace.