The experts at Savvy Gardening will be criss-crossing North America this spring and perhaps coming to a garden show in your neck of the woods! Jessica is headed to Seattle for the Northwest Flower and Garden Show (NWFGS) in the coming days, and Niki and Tara will be in Toronto at Canada Blooms in mid-March.
Visiting a show like Canada Blooms or the NWFGS, as well as the Philadelphia Flower Show, Boston Flower Show, or the Chicago Garden & Flower Show, to name just a few, is a great way to kick-start spring. When I arrive home from Canada Blooms, I typically have a rather large suitcase full of bulbs, seeds, must-have tools, books (signed by the authors!), and other garden miscellany.
The shows are typically divided into sections:
- The marketplace is where you’ll find hundreds of vendors selling everything from birdhouse gourds to cold frames to garden sheds to heirloom seeds.
- The display gardens are an incredible source of inspiration for the winter-weary gardener. Most of us may not have the space or budget to re-create these gardens in their entirety, but I like to take photos of my favourite elements of the gardens (a paved pebble pathway, vertical salad planting, etc) so that I can perhaps work them into my own landscape.
- The seminars. Taking in a handful of seminars is a fun way to spend an afternoon and boost your gardening know-how. Most shows provide days of talks on a wide range of topics, with authors and experts flying in from across the continent.
- The bookshop! As a certified bookworm, I am always on the hunt for new gardening books and what better place to get lost than in the bookshop at a garden show? You’ll find hundreds of books on every subject and perhaps even meet your favourite author!
Are you going to any garden shows this spring?