21 Feb Guest Post: A Daddy/Daughter Date (Awwww!)
Megan (my 7-year-old) and I had never been to the NW Flower and Garden Show so when the opportunity presented itself, it seemed like an excellent opportunity for a daddy/daughter date. Neither one of us knew what to expect but we highly anticipated the visit. We were not disappointed after walking into the sights and smelling the fragrance of the show gardens.
I wanted this to be a positive experience for my daughter, so I let her choose the order of the areas we visited and the first place she was drawn was the show gardens. I will admit I am more of a functional-over-aesthetics person and my personal garden consists of mostly edible fruits and vegetables. But I was inspired by the diversity of the various gardens. Some of our favorites were the Asian-inspired designs and tranquil retreat themes with beautiful fountains in tune with your visual auditory senses. My personal favorite was “A Garden I Love” which I will admit caught my eye by the inclusion of a red 1967 Mustang into the display. This garden demonstrated function with limited space which many of have in the real world.
Our next stop was lunch at the Café. When we were eating they began setting up the Radio Disney display. My daughter, who is a natural performer, loved this and had a great time dancing with the performers and participating in the various games. She even won the “Freeze Dancing” contest and was extremely proud of her stuffed Mickey Mouse that she received as a prize.
Our last stop was the Plant Marketplace, where our first purchase was “Maggie’s Munch Confection” kettle corn from A Taste of Eden. Now we couldn’t leave the Flower and Garden Show without actually buying something a little more botanical so we continued to search and bought some Dahlia tubers from Swan Island Dahlias.
One recommendation I would make to any other newbies coming for the first time this year is to come with a list. There are so many vendors and so many products to choose from that it can be overwhelming.
We definitely have our fingers crossed for a buyer to come forward by the March 31st deadline because I would love to make going to the NW Flower and Garden Show an annual tradition with both of my daughters.
Shawn Verrall attended his first (hopefully not last) NWFGS with his daughter Megan. He has been growing vegetables with his two daughters since they started holding their plastic gardening can. Shawn writes for the blog The Cheap Vegetable Gardener. Megan is also an author of her own unedited blog Megan’s Garden. Read Megan’s post on her first visit to the show!