SEATTLE -- There's always plenty of green to be seen at a flower show.
But this year if you hear someone talking about "green" at the Northwest Flower and Garden Show in Seattle from Feb. 18-22, it won't be just a reference to plants.
Instead they'll be talking about eco-friendly gardening including using native plants, organic vegetable gardens and creative recycling.
"In an area of the country that's famous for the green movement and their concern for the environment, sustainability is a natural theme for our show," said Duane Kelly, the event's founder and chairman of Salmon Bay Events, the Seattle-based company that produces the show.
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"One of our goals as a community event is to help preserve the beauty and vibrancy of the Pacific Northwest," he said.
Which is why they chose "Sustainable Spaces, Beautiful Places" as the show's theme.
The focal point of the show -- 26 display gardens -- will range in size from 100 to 1,800 square feet and include three urban designs ideal for a terrace, deck or patio. To also benefit the growing number of condominium owners, the displays will feature 16 lavish container gardens to provide ideas for gardeners working with small, and often indoor, spaces.
Several of the landscaping displays will include a practical aspect: Veggies and herbs interplanted with the flowers and other garden plants.
In the Marketplace area of the show you'll find thousands of upscale garden-related products and services to browse and buy.
Sunset magazine is sponsoring more than 110 free seminars and hands-on presentations by gardening and design experts. All seminars after 2 p.m. Feb. 20 will focus on green living.
Families with young children will want to head for "Sproutopia: A Place for Kids!" The show offers an extensive list of activities to excite blossoming gardeners, including hands-on demonstrations, miniature gardens and a treasure hunt.
Admission, which includes entrance to the gardening seminars, is $20 for adults; $9 for students 25 years and under with valid student ID; $4 for youths ages 6-17 years; and free for children under 5.
Advance tickets are available online for $16 for adults. Go to www.gardenshow.com.
Hours are from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.
The show is held at the Washington State Convention and Trade Center at Seventh and Pike streets in downtown Seattle.
* Loretto J. Hulse: 509-582-1513; email@example.com