01 Feb Sponsors Help Show to Blossom Every Year
Over the past 24 years the Northwest Flower & Garden Show has become an eagerly anticipated tradition for winter weary gardeners. Families with young children flock to the show’s PlayGarden for the fun exploration and giggles from kids learning about nature’s wonders. Plant addicts mark their calendars months in advance and make a beeline to our Plant Market to see what new cultivars our nurseries have brought. New gardeners and deeply-rooted veterans looking for inspiration for their gardens – a balcony or an acre, it doesn’t matter – savor the lavish show gardens and swoon in the fragrant aroma of thousands of flowers blooming in early February. And with 116 seminars– that’s 104 hours of education – gardeners of all skill levels get priceless take-home advice and ideas.Just as all gardeners work in partnership with Mother Nature to create their gardens, so too does the garden show work with partnerships from our valued sponsors. The support and participation of our sponsors enables us to bring over-the-top displays and added customer conveniences to the show. We are continually striving to improve the show experience every year, and one way to achieve this is with the support from our dedicated sponsors.
Subaru of America, Inc. has a long tradition of supporting the gardening community throughout the U.S. They will have two gardens at the show: The “Subaru Ranch” will celebrate a good, old-fashioned hoedown. Its big red barn will be reminiscent of country gatherings where music, laughter and kinship filled the air. The plants will be reminiscent of the Wild West, down to the tumbleweeds. Stop by the Subaru garden on the skybridge where they will be giving special gifts for people who show them their Subaru car keys! And feast your eyes on the 5-door 2012 Subaru Imprezain a sweet red that will surely catch your eye.
In the South Lobby, another Subaru Impreza takes center stage with the “Impreza Improv” display. Look for tree pruning demonstrations along with a special gift for attendees in conjunction with Corona Tools.
Subaru, sponsor of the popular PBS show “Growing a Greener World” starring Joe Lamp’l, is bringing Joe to the show for seminars on Friday and Saturday. Joe will be presenting “Growing a Greener World: Gardening to Make a Difference” and then he’ll be heading up to the Subaru garden on the skybridge to autograph his book and chat with fellow gardeners.
And that’s not all! Subaru has selected five seminars for special recognition. They will have four VIP front-row reserved seats for seminars by Joe Lamp’l (February 10 & 11), Steve Aitken (February 8), Graham Kerr (February 11) and Willi Evans Galloway (February 8). Along with these VIP Seats you’ll get a complimentary autographed copy of each of their books. To find out how to get one of these VIP seats, just stop by the Subaru garden on the skybridge the morning of each seminar.
Seattle-based Alaska Airlines will also have a garden in the South Lobby. Their “Seasonal Variation” getaway garden will showcase the two destinations featured in their TEXT-2-WIN promotion – Hawaii for the winter, and Alaska for the summer. Look for color and contrast, with the Hawaii garden recreating a lush tropical setting (anyone for basking in the sand?) along with beach gear. Their summertime Alaska adventure includes a campsite surrounded by tall conifers and native plants – a great place to get away from our hectic electronic world. Alaska Airlines operates over 100 nonstop flights a week to four Hawaiian islands from the West Coast and Alaska, and they can help you plan your dream vacation at the show.
By now you should have entered Alaska Airlines’ fabulous TEXT-2-WIN contest – the largest prize offered in the show’s history! Just text GARDEN 44227 for your chance to win a trip to the Ka’anapali Beach Hotel on Maui or to Glacier Bay in Alaska. Visit our website for more details.
Pendleton Woolen Mills – with six generations of family leadership – is proud to team up with the Northwest Flower & Garden Show, also proudly family owned and operated. They have created an adorable and cuddly soft “Counting Sheep” Eco-Wise Wool® baby blanket exclusively for the show. It can be preordered on the show’s website at a discount for only $60 and picked up at the show. Even better, the proceeds help support the Seattle Children’s PlayGarden, an invaluable new playtime and educational resource for families.
The garden show has had a long partnership with two of our suppliers – Marenakos Rock Center and Sawdust Supply Company, Inc. Both of these companies provide crucial supplies for building the lavish display gardens and other show attractions. The experts at Marenakos Rock Center bring in the massive boulders and place them – ever so carefully – in the show gardens. Huge pallets of natural hardscape materials are also provided for walls, patios and paths. Sawdust Supply Company, Inc. provides something that showgoers don’t even see but is nevertheless critical to building the show gardens – the sawdust that serves as a base for the plants and structures. (After all, we start with a flat floor!) They also supply their popular SteerCo® to serve as a top dressing for the gardens, which helps the plants stand out and adds extra polish to the gardens.
Support from our media partners is important too, getting the word out about the show. The show has had a long-standing partnership with the Seattle Times to develop the special Show Guide. Look for your copy of the Show Guide wrapped around the Seattle Times and delivered on Monday, February 6. It will also be available on newsstands everywhere. The Show Guide will have the garden descriptions, exhibitor list, seminar schedule, music performances, special features and lots more information to help you plan your days at the show. And local television and radio station KING 5 and its “Home Team” have provided support through its programming line-up and on-the-air personalities.
For more information on all of our partners, visit our website and support these valuable sponsors that support our beloved show! ~ Janet
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