Northwest Flower & Garden Show, Feb. 11-15, Washington State Convention Center, Seattle.

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Spring and Valentine’s Day are in full bloom at the Northwest Flower & Garden Show through Sunday at the Washington State Convention Center. “Romance Blossoms” is the show’s theme in an acre of 23 creative display gardens in bloom, and “Succulent Love,” a 14-foot-high, heart-shaped tribute to romance formed by15,000 succulents.

Other popular features at the annual show include seminars, speakers and demonstrations, Marketplace vendors, floral displays and more for avid, casual or novice gardeners and anyone who’s a fan of beautiful gardens.

New features include “Garden Wars” competitions where spectators cheer on local media personalities in two-member teams provided with raw materials to see who can create the best 10’x10’ instant garden, 1 to 3 p m. daily in the North Hall, with proceeds for winners to benefit local charities.

Northwest Flower & Garden Show

Time: 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Feb. 11-14, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday Feb. 15.

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

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

More information: 253-756-2121 or

The new Family Farm Center has hands-on activities for all ages to learn simple, affordable ways to grow food in city yards and to create bird houses and planters.

Along with gardening gear, seeds, bulbs, plants and art for the home and garden in hundreds of exhibits, the Marketplace includes the Vintage Garden Market, creatively repurposed vintage items for gardens and outdoor living spaces. The City Living container-garden display illustrates how apartment and condo dwellers or anyone with limited outdoor space can have a creative, productive garden space.

Seminars offer advice from garden designers, horticulturists and authors and practical demonstrations of gardening, pruning, flower arranging and getting the most from your edible produce. Seminars are included with show admission, no reservations required.

Show services include package check to drop off your plants and other purchases until you’re ready to leave. There’s food and beverage service on site, including a wine garden, or you can leave the show and get your hand stamped for same-day re-entry.

Adult admission is discounted to $10 after 3 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, and ages 12 and younger are always admitted free.