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Garden Creator Plantswoman Design, Hidden Cove Pottery & Tile featured at this year's Northwest Flower & Garden Show

The 26th Northwest Flower & Garden Show continues at the Washington State Convention Center through Sunday, Feb. 9.  - Image courtesy of the Northwest Flower & Garden Show
The 26th Northwest Flower & Garden Show continues at the Washington State Convention Center through Sunday, Feb. 9.
— image credit: Image courtesy of the Northwest Flower & Garden Show

The 26th Northwest Flower & Garden Show provides imagination and inspiration with its magnificent showcase of gardens big and small, more than 100 free seminars, “Play With Friends” for families, a big line-up of exhibitors in the Marketplace and more.

“Art in Bloom” is the theme for the 26th Northwest Flower & Garden Show, which features the region’s top garden designers and landscape firms embracing a festive tribute to art in more than 20 colorful and dramatic display gardens.

The rich palette of color and light, with thousands of blooming flowers and exotic plants, will give showgoers a sneak preview of spring.

The show runs through Feb. 9 at the Washington State Convention Center.

Bainbridge Island participants include Garden Creator Plantswoman Design. Area businesses showcasing their products and services in the Marketplace include Hidden Cove Pottery & Tile.

Complementing the eye-popping display gardens, the “Small Space Showcase” presents innovative, idea-generating small space and container gardens for those seeking inspiration for gardens on their deck, patio and terrace. The artistry of the area’s top floral designers is spotlighted in the “Floral Competition,” with lavish displays of artfully arranged blooms.

This year's show includes plenty of things to see and do.

The “Seminar Series” will offer tips for gardening newbies to lifelong gardeners.

The show boasts a big line-up of 110 seminars presented by top-tier experts, all free with admission to the show. Organizers promise it’s a great way to jump-start your gardening experiences, and learn about trends that not only beautify but are practical, too.

“Garden to Table” cooking demonstrations return with top-notch presenters, including co-executive producer of Growing A Greener World TV Theresa Loe, TV host & kitchen living expert Coryanne Ettiene, and author and 425 Magazine style editor Alexandra Hedin.

The popular “Gardening 101” series for the new gardener runs every day of the show this year. Speakers include local luminaries Ciscoe Morris, Marty Wingate, Marianne Binetti, Debra Prinzing, Rizanino Reyes, Bill Thorness and many others.

For a complete schedule of seminars and book signings, visit http://www.gardenshow.com/seminars/.

“Play With Friends” and Treasure Hunt provide fun and interactive activities for children.

Children 12 and under admitted free to the show, and kids can create fish, sea creatures, cranes and other structures with robotocized Legos, make stop motion animation videos with figures and drawings they create, and contribute to a waterfront mural.

Children can also participate in a show-wide treasure hunt, sponsored by Swansons Nursery, with entry forms available in “Play With Friends” and show information booths.

The Marketplace spotlights new and distinctive garden products, thousands of plants and one-of-a-kind creations.

The bustling Marketplace is a shopping destination with more than 350 exhibitors offering the hottest new tools and other gardening gear, plants, and unique art for the home and garden. The Vintage Garden Market returns with repurposed and shabby-chic treasures for the garden and outdoor living spaces by local vendors.

Specialty nurseries will be introducing new and exotic plants — as well as old favorites — in the Plant Market. The Garden Gallery display and competition spotlights skillfully-crafted garden art pieces in a variety of mediums. They are available for sale by the artists at the conclusion of the show.

The show is open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

Regularly priced adult admission tickets are $22; and $5 for youth (ages 13–17).

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