Seattle Plastic Surgeon blogs about her Northwest Flower and Garden Show Opening Night tradition.
This past weekend it rained and rained and rained. It was so soggy, even in the mountains, that my daughter’s ski lesson was cancelled. It was even too soggy to work in the garden. Oh, winter in Seattle. What a prescription for Seasonal Affective Disorder.
BUT next week, we get a reprieve for the wet and dreary weather with the Northwest Flower and Garden Show. This event makes escape into a Spring Wonderland possible. There’s only one problem: Every other soggy, mossy, trench foot suffering soul is also there and the crowds can be as oppressive as the weather.
My solution for the last 10 years has been to attend the Opening Night Preview Show. This year it is Tuesday, February 7th. It costs $75 for non-members and $65 for members like me and it is soooooooo worth it. There are complimentary light bites and beverages and uncrowded access to a dozen or so stunning display gardens and the chance to chat with the show garden designers. And, I actually save money by attending this event. None of the vendors are open until the next morning so I cannot buy anything! All I can take home is wonderful ideas and the feeling that I’ve had a lovely Spring evening.
So consider joining me, my daughter and my fellow garden freak neighbor, Mary, and a bunch of us who love this show but not the crowds it attracts. You can purchase tickets here.
Thanks for reading and happy gardening. Dr. Lisa Lynn Sowder