Spring shows!

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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.

Niki and Tara of Savvy Gardening at Canada Blooms in 2014!

Niki and Tara of Savvy Gardening at Canada Blooms in 2014!

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!
Handcrafted garden sheds seen at the NWFGS in 2014.

Handcrafted garden sheds seen at the NWFGS in 2014.

Are you going to any garden shows this spring?

The incredible edible garden created by the Toronto Botanical Garden at Canada Blooms in 2014.

The incredible edible garden created by the Toronto Botanical Garden at Canada Blooms in 2014.







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2 Responses to Spring shows!

  1. Heather - New House New Home says:

    We’re heading to the Philadelphia show this year!! It’s been on my bucket list for years and we’re finally crossing the border to visit this great show. Can’t wait! I wonder how it compares to Canada Blooms?

    • savvygardening says:

      Oooh, you’ll have a great time Heather! I was there in 2012 and was blown away by the amazing displays, including a HUGE floral volcano/waterfall! Philly has a larger focus on flowers/floral, while Canada Blooms is more about the gardens, but both are well organized shows with plenty to offer everyone! And just a few yards away from the Philly Flower show is a great market that reminded me of Pikes Place Market in Seattle. Have fun and take plenty of photos. – Niki

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