Northwest Flower show

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Kelaidis
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Northwest Flower show

I have been back for almost a week now, and the show ended last Sunday, but I can't resist posting some of the nursery displays from this amazing show. There were a half dozen really fine nurseries with great offerings for rock gardeners: Kelly Dodson and Sue Milliken's Far Reach Farm was mobbed the whole time, and Edelweiss Alpines from Portland had a great display including lots of Gentiana acaulis in full bloom! There was an incredible Heath and Heather nursery, and a number of other fine firms (Naylor's, "Keeping it Green" which wins the prize for the best nursery with the worst name--they had fabulous Western bulbs and orchids) and on and on...Oh well. Guess you had to be there: next year if you live anywhere near Seattle, you gotta go. I am thinking of going back myself. I think it compares favorably to Philly flower show in many respects (please don't stone me, you Easterners!) ;D Oh yeah! the Gardens and seminars were awesome too...they had to have had several hundred booths, and they were really artistic. I am not much of a trade show person, but this one sold me! I had a ton of things to lug back!

Lori S.
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Good grief, looks like a place where I would have maxed out my Visa (even without getting to the rocks)!  Wow!

Lori
Calgary, Alberta, Canada - Zone 3
-30 C to +30 C (rarely!); elevation ~1130m; annual precipitation ~40 cm

Hoy
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Yes, Lori, you said it! I am almost glad I wasn't there -  I hadn't been allowed through at the airport ;D

Trond
Rogaland, Norway - with cool, often rainy summers  (29C max) and mild, often rainy winters (180 cm/year)!

cohan
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Very impressive! Its hard for me to imagine seeing 1 nursery focussing on cool alpines/natives, nevermind a bunch of them under one roof  ;D

west central alberta, canada; just under 1000m; record temps:min -45C/-49F;max 34C/93F; http://picasaweb.google.ca/cactuscactus  http://urbanehillbillycanada.blogspot.com/

Kelaidis
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The owners of this show seem to be very supportive and I suspect it will only improve over time.

I have uploaded a TON of pictures of just the trade show at this website...

http://public.fotki.com/Panayoti/northwest-flower-an/

My girlfriend did the Gardens and other things...so you will have to wait to see those, but you will see from my pictures (and I only got a fraction of the booths) how artistically they were decorated...

For every minion of the peaks there are a dozen steppe children growing in the dry Continental heart of all hemispheres still unknown to horticulture.

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