Ask Flora: Shady Garden and Show Ticket Discount

Ask Flora: Shady Garden and Show Ticket Discount

 Dear Flora,

I have a plot of land in a very warm climate that I would like to grow a veggie garden in. Unfortunately, the plot gets zero sun. Will my plants even grow?

-Light vs Heat

Dear Light vs Heat,

I am not an expert on this subject. My thought would be that likely plants would grow somewhat. But even low-light veggies (leafy greens) usually need at least four hours of sun a day. I would play it safe, read the seed packets and perhaps stick with a landscaped garden of low-light perennials. Is there another area with at least four hours of sunlight a day that you could plant veggies in? Do any readers have ideas? Please comment on this post if so.


Dear Flora,

I need to plan a little better for the Northwest Flower and Garden Show this year. We are self-employed and our business is affected somewhat by the economy. I still am going to the show but want to be economical about it and not plan it at the last minute when all the hotel rates, etc. are high. Do you have any idea of the ticket costs this year?

-Show on a Budget

Dear Show on a Budget,

Many of us are in the same boat this year and I have to say that the Northwest Flower and Garden Show is one of the best values for your buck that I have ever seen. Seriously. For your ticket price, you can attend as many seminars as you want, view all the show gardens, talk to designers and so much more. It’s a learning experience worth hundreds more than what the show actually charges.

The 5-Day Pass is only $65.00, a 2-Day Pass is $29.00 and One-Day Adult is $20.00. Plan early like you are doing and get your ticket before February 17 for the Early Bird Discounted Ticket of $16.00. Of course, there are also Half-Day rates, Student and Youth Rates. Kids 5 and under are free! To find out when tickets become available, sign up.

  • gardenmentor
    Posted at 09:16h, 13 October Reply

    Dear Light vs Heat,

    I doubt you’re going to have much luck with growing veggies in a zero light area. Plants feed themselves using light. Without it, they just can’t survive. Also, its tough to really evaluate your garden’s opportunities without seeing it in person. Sometimes, opportunities exist that homeowners don’t see without a little help on site.

    Something as simple as the edibles garden container I do for small spaces works in gardens with little sunlight. This container only takes up about a 3′ footprint and provides loads of herbs and leafy greens into the winter.

    Good luck!

  • Flora
    Posted at 13:30h, 13 October Reply

    Thank you gardenmentor for reading and commenting! I appreciate it. She lives in Hawaii so a very warm area so I wondered if low light leafys would be OK but they still need some, of course. Maybe she could send us pictures. ~Flora

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