Show Attractions

The Northwest Flower & Garden Show has special Show Attractions for everyone. Among our most popular ones (Garden Wars, the Show Gardens, the Marketplace, the Seminars, Vintage Garden Market, and more) we also have some lesser known attractions that you may be interested in checking out.

These attractions are great for kids to adults and newbies to experts.

Below are a few of our other Show Attractions with information on where and how to see them.

The 2017 Northwest Flower & Garden Show has announced the line-up of top regional landscape design professionals creating the show’s spectacular display gardens for the 29th annual event, February 22-26, at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle.

Embracing the show’s theme, “Taste of Spring,” 23 garden creators will showcase the theme in their spectacular display gardens—celebrating outdoor dining trends, edible gardening and Earth-friendly ideas. The results will be both inspirational and educational—and simply stunning—for showgoers. In addition to entries by landscape designers, the show is designing a major garden of its own to further spotlight the show’s festive theme.

These picturesque gardens reflect the expertise, planning and hard work of their Garden Creators, blending thousands of flowers, shrubs, towering trees, massive boulders, intricate patios, soothing water features, imaginative structures and dramatic garden art into jewel-like settings, each accented by theatrical lighting.

These fully-built gardens are both impressive to admire and full of invaluable take-home ideas, many grounded in innovative eco-design and sustainable landscaping techniques for a healthier planet.

For savvy shoppers, the show’s popular Marketplace is one of the show’s most enduring attractions. It’s not hard to understand why! With over 350 top-notch vendors from throughout the U.S and Canada, you’ll find nature-inspired art for the home and garden, plants, bulbs and seeds, one-of-a-kind clothing and accessories, must-have tools, artisan food products and much more.

New to the Marketplace in 2017 is the “Tasting Corner,” with a host of vendors offering samples of their specialty food and beverage offerings. And make sure to visit the “Vintage Garden Market” and its eclectic collection of vendors showcasing recycled and re-repurposed items for the home and garden.

For added convenience: drop off your Marketplace purchases at one of the show’s free and convenient package-check stations—and keep shopping! Below is just a small sampling of new or unusual offerings from Marketplace vendors in 2017. Plan your shopping experience in advance by checking out our online Exhibitor list.

Studio Bridges (booth #1301) showcase original sculptures inspired by deities of the East—monumental Buddhas, temple sculptures and other images—to create a sanctuary of tranquility in the garden. Visit the display of colorful, whimsical and vibrant paintings of flowers and animals by garden artists Carrie Tasman & Jennifer Lommers (booth #2116). Jana Cooper Jewelry (booth #219) crafts handmade artisan jewelry that is perfect for the fashionable gardener. Kilter Foods (booth #2812) spotlights its spicy ketchup: Bear’s Breath! Shipwreck Honey (booth #2167) produces “all things honeybee.” Swarm Portland (booth #2428) offers a variety of items to create a backyard bee refuge. New to the show, the Bamboo Garden (booth #2444) offers an inventory of potted bamboo plants selected for hardiness to match our climate in the Pacific Northwest. Artist Andy Byrne (booth #1018) showcases creative and artistic expression in metalwork that incorporates recycled materials into unique sculptural creations. Len’s Fabrication (booth #508) fashions beautiful and handcrafted decorative gates and railings.

When you dig into our FREE seminars and demonstrations you’ll be inspired to turn your garden dreams into reality. Whether you’re a novice gardener, or a well-seasoned veteran, our expert Speakers show you how to create gracious outdoor living spaces and luscious, sustainable gardens perfect for your family.

Our seminars blend stunning visuals showcasing cutting-edge advice from garden designers, horticulturists and authors, as well as practical demonstrations of container gardening, pruning, and home décor from the garden — there’s something for everyone. See one seminar or see dozens! They’re all included in your ticket price, so drop in every day and discover something new.

Imagine coming home after a long day to your own private outdoor sanctuary—nestled in only 6ft. x 12ft. City Living balcony gardens artfully bring the indoors outside. These garden jewels are intimate outdoor living spaces for relaxing and entertaining. They skillfully combine vertical wall planters, bold plant combinations, rich textural accents, cozy seating and even the natural sounds of water to mask the cacophony of city noise. Created by leading regional retail nurseries and landscape designers, they’ll inspire you to come home to your own private paradise.

Cheer on your favorite news anchors and media personalities as they battle it out in “Garden Wars,” an popular event benefiting local charities at the 2017 Northwest Flower & Garden Show.

Inspired by popular reality-based competitions including “Junk Wars,” “Chopped” and “Iron Chef,” the live action event starts daily at 1pm at the “Garden Wars Arena” in the North Hall.

Host Joe Lamp’l, executive producer and host of the award-winning PBS series, Growing a Greener World®, will guide and cajole the Team Leaders and their two-member teams. Working with identical plant and hardscape materials, Teams will race to create 10’x10’ gardens from scratch—choosing trees, shrubs and blooming bulbs, building paths and patios, and adding seating and accessories. It’s a dirty job filled with laughs. Who knew gardening could be so exciting?

Adding to the fun: the heated competition will include three special challenges decreed by Joe Lamp’l. The teams will be separated by a screen—they can only guess what the competition is doing on the other side!

At the conclusion of each day’s action, independent judges will select the “winner.” Local charities come out on top in “Garden Wars”: the Show will make a $1,000 donation each day to the winning Team Leader’s designated charity, and $500 to the runner-up Leader’s favorite non-profit organization.

Within the “Marketplace,” the popular “Vintage Garden Market” spotlights recycled and re-purposed treasures for the garden and outdoor living spaces. Explore a collection of booths from 19 local vendors selling unusual and one-of-a-kind home and garden items, vintage signage, repurposed furniture, garden art and more.

These vendors offer Vintage Garden inspired goods set in beautiful displays. You can purchase traditional pieces as well as treasures that will stretch your ideas of Garden Decor. Come away from this experience with unique items for your own vintage Garden Romance.

Garden enthusiasts, vintage pickers and those looking for unique finds will be thrilled with the selection of merchandise that these vendors chose to bring with them to the show.

Come early for the best selection, as this very popular marketplace makes its sixth annual appearance at The Northwest Flower & Garden Show.

The Northwest Flower & Garden Show is proud to announce a new culinary feature: “The Tasting Corner.” This gourmet marketplace will showcase fine organic craft foods and beverages created by regional culinary artisans. It’s a quintessential farmer’s market in February! Come taste cheese, jams, jellies, chocolate, sweets, tea, salts, oil & vinegar dressings, honey, specialty meats, and more. The Tasting Corner will be located in the North Hall, so drop by for a little indulgence and take the taste of the Garden Show home with you.

Food & Beverages

The Convention Center operates several food and beverage concessions throughout the Show. You can get everything from snacks to a complete meal.

SkyBridge Cafe

This lounge, located on the beautiful Sky Bridge, offers a panoramic view to Pike Place Market and Puget Sound. It offers espresso, fresh brewed drip coffee, cold beverages, pastries, salads and sandwiches for purchase.

Wine Garden

For the second year in a row, the wine garden is ON the Garden Floor.  The new Wine Garden location allows you to view the nearby spectacular gardens while simultaneously enjoying local and international wines, beer and cocktails all while relaxing in a garden setting.