Live, from the Show, it’s Dianne

Live, from the Show, it’s Dianne

Orchid Society, Photo courtesy of HeBlogsSheBlogs.comBy Dianne Garcia
Guest columnist

How best to celebrate this one precious day? Mapped in 15-minute increments, organized by objective, and outlined in a project management notebook? Or should I simply surrender to serendipity?

Realizing that the “footprint” of this show encompasses many acres… I organized my time, reviewing inserts in the local newspaper and the official website. From the website I could print a personalized schedule of seminars, purchase tickets, find the place, and preview exhibitors.

Hints from my visit:

DO plan for crowds and wear comfortable walking shoes: though thankfully, there are many locations to sit and bide a while.

DO get your hand stamped in case you choose to leave and return.

DO pick up your tickets for seminars roughly 2 hours in advance at the location just outside the Skybridge.

Crush - Pacific Stone Co., Photo courtesy of HeBlogsSheBlogs.comDO see my best surprises:
Two display gardens. “Crush”: a late fall/winter/early spring garden and “Garden Creator”: (Crystal Medal winner) – featuring grass roofs and mosses.

Other delightful exhibits included the American Orchid Society’s bright pastels and masks; I saw a wonderful use of sculptures, bronzes, and color in many of the displays.

Orchid at Kawamoto Orchid Nursery #2619, photo courtesy of HeBlogsSheBlogs.comBut what was most magical? The scent of calla lilies in the entry to the show, and a quiet little arrangement by Colleen Monette, called “Lush Life.”

DO pause to gather energy—there are restrooms, ATM machines and food in the center, and in the atrium on level 4.

DO take an additional moment to care for yourself by visiting the health fair. Wait times aren’t bad.

Do purchase that perfect plant last; it’s a long walk to your transportation. Another option: sign up for the package check or large package walk-out assistance. Or: leave with coupons and exhibitors’ website addresses and order on-line.

I’m sending this via wireless; now, back to the show: I’m sure more serendipity is waiting!

About Dianne Garcia:
An epiphany arrived with January’s mail-order garden catalogues: with recent retirement plans (albeit a few months away) I will have time to thoughtfully work my garden! To celebrate this promise of passage from 60-hour work-weeks, I visited the Northwest Flower & Garden Show. I’d gone to “window shop” twice before. Now I’m going to find ideas for specific garden problems—my newly shady yard (neighbor’s remodel), and my intractably sandy soil.

  • Sue Massey
    Posted at 17:00h, 22 February Reply

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  • Deborah Burns
    Posted at 18:26h, 24 February Reply

    Calla lillies! That’s the fregrance I enjoyed when I walked through the doors to the show! Mmmmm….

    Thanks for posting that, I was wondering.

  • Timothy Gray
    Posted at 14:24h, 27 February Reply

    Thank you for your kind comments and photo of our display garden – “Crush” – at this year’s show. I loved dreaming about and creating it throughout this past year. Even better was sharing it with everyone in the Pacific Northwest this past week. Timothy Gray, Pacific Stone Company, Everett.

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