(One of the multitude of display gardens that last year drew 54,000 to the NW Flower & Garden Show in Seattle)
What the &%$#!
Excuse my language but my son isn't in the room and I'm terribly bothered by the latest word that Seattle is losing its garden event of the year. Local papers report that if the Northwest Flower & Garden Show doesn't find a buyer it's likely dirt, and not the good, fresh, can grow anything kind.
This is horrible news considering since the show first bloomed in 1989, it has grown to be the second largest of gardening events in the country. My first visit was only last year and it was lovely, spectacular, informative ... I could go on and on!
This year's show is held Feb. 18-22 at the Washington State Convention and Trade Center in downtown Seattle. Now, with tickets in hand, I'm wondering if I'll have to plant a tree in memory of the event.
Another victim of the economy, right?
The show's owner, Duane Kelly, says he's been trying to sell it for "under $2 million," although it's worth sooo much more. He blames hard times and lack of new blood. The show drew 54,000 in 2008, down from a peak 84,000 visitors in 1999.
"The current downturn is only half the story. Kelly said the larger problem is an aging demographic that threatens the garden industry as a whole, reducing flower shows' ability to attract sponsors and visitors."
(A NW Flower & Garden Show display garden featuring water-wise plants like Hebes, Yuccas and several grasses)
Hey, I may be 31 but I'm not anywhere near pushing up daisies. And for quite some time there's been plenty of talk about the next generation of gardeners. We may not be traditional, but we're there.
So, how do we save our garden show? Shall we pool our resources and have a plant sale?