My Visit to the 2024 Northwest Flower and Garden Festival

If you’re a gardener, or you just like to look at gardens, then this event is for you! I look forward to the Northwest Flower and Garden Festival every year and this year did not disappoint. I can’t wait to share the amazing highlights with you.

flower girl displayed at the Northwest flower and garden festival
You can find the flower lady at the Christianson’s Nursery booth.

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Northwest flower and garden festival garden display

The Northwest Flower and Garden Festival is an amazing annual exhibition of gardening and horticulture where you can gather ideas and inspiration for your outdoor spaces.

It is the largest garden show west of Philadelphia and is considered the second-largest garden show in the country.

The garden festival has taken place at the Seattle Convention Center since it started in 1989. This year’s dates are February 14th-18th.

spring bulbs and water fountain garden display

Better Homes & Gardens magazine rated the Northwest Flower and Garden Festival as the #1 garden show in the U.S. in 2020.

spring bulbs

This year’s garden show’s theme is “I love Spring”.

It showcases over 20 display gardens that are built in 72 hours, a garden marketplace where over 350 exhibitors sell garden-related products and supplies, and 115 sessions and learning activities.

garden display at the Northwest flower and garden festival

Temporary garden displays are constructed in under 72 hours by garden creators from around the Pacific Northwest.

water feature and trees

This garden show is a serious source of garden design inspiration with over 30,000 forced plants and blooming flowers to see.

flowers and water feature displayed at the Northwest flower and garden festival

The garden displays are judged for awards. Here are the awards that were presented in 2023.

  • Founder’s Cup (Best in Show)
  • American Horticultural Society Environmental Award
  • Best Use of Color
  • Best Use of Horticulture
  • Best Use of Natural Stone, presented by Marenakos
  • Best Use of Hardscapes, presented by Nutual Materials
  • Ethel Moss People’s Choice
  • Fred Palmer Garden Creator’s Award
  • Fine Gardening Magazine Award
  • GardenComm Outdoor Living
fairy garden display

This fairy garden was so pretty in person and I wish I could have taken a better up-close picture. There were so many people at this display.

hellebore Glenna's Gloss

If you love hellebores as much as I do, this garden show was full of them. I took a picture of this variety, ‘Glenna’s Gloss”, because I loved the colors.

rocks and water feature

This garden’s hardscapes were stunning.

outdoor space with fire pit and chairs on stone patio

Check out this outdoor space. I’m loving the chairs in front of the fire pit.

If you’re looking for a more tropical vibe, they’ve got you covered.

flower garden display at the Northwest flower and garden festival

This garden display had bright and beautiful flowers with grasses and sedum mixed in.

pool and outdoor space with daffodils

How relaxing is this poolside garden?

garden display at the Northwest flower and garden festival

The garden displays were my favorite part of the show. I always get so much inspiration. It’s shocking that these garden displays were created in less than 72 hours.

There is so much creativity and talent here.

City living display at the Northwest flower and garden festival

These city living garden displays are the perfect inspiration for urban dwellers who are looking for patio, balcony, and small city garden ideas.

City living display at the Northwest flower and garden festival

These garden displays are located in front of huge windows so there is plenty of natural lighting.

view of downtown Seattle in the rain from the convention center

As you can see, it was a very wet and rainy Seattle day. If you look closely, you can even see the Pike Place Market sign and Puget Sound behind it.

The city living displays are 12′ x 6′ and focus on container planting and outdoor living spaces for relaxing and entertaining.

garden display at the Northwest flower and garden festival

You’ll find vertical wall planters, textured accents, cozy seating, and water features. These gardens are created by leading retail nurseries and landscape designers in the Pacific Northwest.

  • Best Plant Material
  • Best Design
  • People’s Choice
woman selling flower bouquets under yellow umbrella

The Marketplace

From what I’ve read, the Northwest Flower and Garden Show has the largest marketplace of any garden show in the U.S.

green vintage dresser with glass orange and yellow flowers

The garden marketplace offers plants, gardening supplies, botanical art, and much more.

plants and trees for sale at the Northwest flower and garden festival
friends standing in the Mad Mosaic booth

Above is a picture of my friend Carman, owner and creator of Mad Mosaics. We worked together at the Seattle Nordstrom store in 1991.

window art hanging in a booth at the Northwest flower and garden festival

Now she creates the most beautiful window and door art. Her pieces are custom hand-made mosaics and are one-of-a-kind and designed to fit your decor and personality.

window art hanging in a booth at the Northwest flower and garden festival

The blue window pictured above is the one I want to buy. I couldn’t get it at the show but I’m hoping Carman can make me a similar one.

Christianson's Nursery vintage bike and flower plants

I always love seeing Christianson’s booth at the garden show.

Christianson's Nursery booth at the Northwest Flower and Garden festival

They have an amazing amount of plants for sale, as well as some home decor and books. I’m bringing my wagon next year so I can buy some things.

Flower lady in the Christianson's Nursery booth at the Northwest Flower and Garden festival

It’s hard to see in the picture but this flower lady was the highlight!

Ravenna Gardens booth

Ravena Gardens also had a booth. I bought some seeds there, because, you can always use more seeds!!!

Detail's Home and Garden booth

So let me get this straight. Not only are there garden displays, and plants to buy, but there’s vintage decor too?!?!?!

Details Home and Garden from Poulsbo was at the show to my great surprise.

vintage bench and green pillows with lit candles in the background

Trey, the owner of Details Home and Garden, is the most amazing merchandiser. I am always so impressed with the way he sets up his merchandise.

vintage furniture and home decor at the  Northwest Flower and Garden festival

Many of his furniture pieces were already sold after just one day.

home decor and vintage items at the  Northwest Flower and Garden festival

That didn’t stop me from getting ideas and inspiration for spring.

booth with vintage outdoor blue chair

There were other booths with vintage decor.

There were the most beautiful planters, urns, and statues for your garden. I found a few pieces but they were all sold.

It was still fun to look at.

Dream sign at the  Northwest Flower and Garden festival

So what do you think?

Maybe I’ll run into you next year. Let me know what your favorite thing was at the show that I shared here.

standing in front of the Flower Power sign at the Northwest Flower and Garden Festival

If you have any questions or additional suggestions, feel free to share them in the comments below. And be sure to share this blog post link with anyone who may enjoy this post.

Until next time,

Happy Gardening!

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  1. Such beautiful displays! I loved seeing such talented designers through your lens. The variety of styles was refreshing to see – truly something for everyone. Hope to visit in person one day.

  2. I went to the Northwest Flower & Garden Show on Thursday. So much fun! I found two cast iron urns there that had to come home with me. After buying the urns the seller told me it was from Jimmy Hendricks estate. 😃

  3. Thank you so much for all the wonderful pictures of the NW Flower and Garden Festival! We couldn’t make it this year, and it was so wonderful to see all the great displays and vendors!

    1. I’m so happy you liked the pictures Jane. It was so nice to be back to see everything after missing it for a few years.

    1. It was such a great show, and yes! I am inspired and can’t wait for spring! Thanks for reaching out Wendy.

  4. How wonderful! I’ve been in the past and Christenson’s and Ravenna were always my favorites! How lucky you are to be so close. Thanks for posting. Happy early Spring 💗🪻🌷Lucinda

    1. Christianson’s and Ravenna Gardens were the highlights for me as well. I have to visit Mount Vernon to see Christianson’s Nursery in person this spring. I just love it there.

  5. Kim,
    Wow, there was so much inspiration. I can’t believe those displays were set up in 72 hours. It’s amazing. I’m glad you had a good time.

    1. I don’t know how they were able to set their garden displays up so quickly. So much went into their designs. Wouldn’t it be fun to watch them put everything together next year? Thanks for reading the post Rachel!

  6. Kim,
    Thanks so much for sharing with us!! It was totally amazing!!!
    Everything looked breathtaking!
    A nice retreat for those of us who are still very much experiencing Winter…We got a total of 11 inches of snow this week between 2 storms!!!
    I hope you are having a great weekend!
    Debbie-Dabble Blog

    1. It’s always so hard when it snows so much and you’re ready for spring and all that comes with it. At least you had these pictures! I hope your weather starts warming up. So much to look forward to. Thank you so much for reading the post Debbie.

  7. I loved everything!
    I would really love to replicate that firepit area in my own backyard, though.
    Thank you for sharing, it looked so fun!

    1. I was loving the firepit and chair area myself, Hilary. It was amazing to see all the stonework that they did for the show. Thanks for reading the post, and for the comment.

  8. Beautiful pictures! I attended the Philadelphia Flower show for many years but then we moved to South Carolina (12 hour drive) and now in Virginia (6-7 hour drive) so haven’t been there for many years. Your pictures brought back some wonderful memories and has me thinking I must find a flower show to attend. Love reading and learning from everything you write! Peace.

    1. I’ve heard how spectacular the Philadelphia Garden Show is. I can’t imagine the inspiration you took with you after attending that event Cindi! I’m so happy to hear you have some great memories. I only hope you find another garden show to enjoy closer to where you live. Thank you so much for reaching out and following along. It means a lot.

  9. Oh, wow, what a wonderful show! It makes me yearn for the Home & Garden Show they hold up on Cleveland, Ohio. I should have gone when I was up there last week! I went to the show they hold down here in Orlando one year and it was so very sad. This looks like it would be worth taking a trip out there to see some spring!! Thank you so much for sharing!!

    1. I skipped last year because I had just had my knee replacement. I forgot how much I missed. The show is just full of so much inspiration and over-the-top displays. You will have to go to the Home and Garden show in Cleveland next year Chloe!

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