Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Pacific Northwest

January, 2005
Regional Report

Shows & Events

Northwest Flower & Garden Show
Now in its 17th year, the 2005 Northwest Flower & Garden Show will run for five days, from February 9 to 13, 2005, at the Washington State Convention Center in downtown Seattle. Featuring five days of garden displays, free seminars, hands-on demonstrations, nearly 300 commercial exhibits, and representatives from every imaginable plant society and horticultural organization, this is a must-attend event. It promises to help you move from the cold, gray days of winter to the high-energy phase of spring.

You'll experience such delights as a mountain paradise with a large waterfall, environmentally friendly ideas for small spaces, a medicine-wheel labyrinth walk-through garden, and a writer's garden. There also will be a container garden contest; ikebana, bonsai, and orchid displays; and the show's marketplace -- a wonderland of all things garden related, from books to tools to outdoor furniture and art.

For show hours, ticket prices, and a list of seminars, call (206) 789-5333, or visit:

Clever Gardening Technique

Grow a Rainbow
I've become so interested in unusual-colored vegetables that I've completely devoted my vegetable garden to these colorful garden treats. Last year I arranged the rows in arcs, assigning one color to each. As my veggies matured, the rainbow appeared.

You can follow my example by combining yellow beans, squash, peppers, and tomatoes in a single row; broccoli, cucumbers, and green zucchini in another; eggplant, purple cauliflower, and dark red Italian lettuce in the next; red peppers, tomatoes, and radishes in yet another row, and so on. I also mix in lots of annual flowering plants in primary colors to enhance the rainbow effect. My favorites include zinnias, salvias, violas, marigolds, and calendulas, mostly because of their strong colors, but also because they thrive in sunny sites.

I start my rainbow garden from seed. The tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, salvias, and zinnias are started inside in early spring. The rest are seeded directly into the garden when the soil warms. Seeds for these, and more, can be found in most mail-order catalogs, including Territorial Seeds, P. O. Box 157, Cottage Grove, OR 97424; Nichol's Garden Nursery, 1190 North Pacific Hwy, Albany, OR 97321; or online from Burpee Seeds at


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