Greetings from the beautiful Pacific Northwest where it’s Master Gardener training and garden show season!
After a few weeks of rain in an otherwise mild winter, we are now having our “almost-annual-first-week-of-February” absolutely gorgeous weather: sunny, 60 ̊ and simply lovely here on the North Oregon Coast.
Most of February and March, most of the Oregon and Washington state Extension Service Offices offer the Master Gardener training classes. And local Master Gardener “Hardy Perennials” will be taking those classes to re-certify before the weather gets nice enough to be in the gardens every day. February is also the time for “The Big Three” garden shows: one in Seattle, Washington, and two in Portland, Oregon. Whether a new trainee or a re-certifying Master Gardener in or visiting the Pacific Northwest, you will want to make it to at least one of these shows.
February Gardens Shows in the Pacific Northwest
- The Northwest Flower and Garden Show (Feb. 8-12, 2012) will be held at the Seattle Convention Center. A huge show, this one may take a day or even two if you want to tour the sample gardens, shop at the vendors, and participate in the seminars. Book signings, children’s programs, and demonstrations are planned. Their website is www.gardenshow.com to find more information on how to get there as well as hours, seminar topics, and prices of admission. The site can even link you to hotels for making reservations for those wanting to see it all and take a few days to do so.
- Portland’s Yard, Garden and Patio Show (February 17-19, 2012) will be held at the Portland Convention Center. Free seminars are on tap here, but the show floor has seven “Gardens of the World” sample gardens and over 300 vendors as well as outdoor cooking classes. There is something for gardeners of all ages. The Oregon Master Gardeners will be on hand to answer questions and staff an area called “One Green World” where smaller nurseries and growers set up their wares in a dedicated area. Visit www.ygpshow.com for hours, the available seminars, admission costs, schedules, and directions.
- Last – but certainly not least- the Portland Expo Center hosts the Portland Home and Garden Show (February 22-26, 2012). This one is geared to home renovations and repairs as well as gardens and plants. Advertised as being Oregon’s largest home and garden show, this one has lots of vendors here, too. You can also sit in on how-to seminars and demonstrations. For more information about scheduled seminars, admission and hours, their website is www.otshows.com/phs/.
Prior to attending garden shows such as these, I always remember to put on my comfortable shoes, bring my camera and a notebook (so I can remember all the cool new garden ideas), but beyond these items I highly recommend bringing a friend to make events like these even more fun!
- What gardening shows might you be attending this year?
- Will your fellow Master Gardeners be involved or joining you at these events?
by Carla Albright
Master Gardener Tillamook County, Oregon
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