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NW Flower & Garden Show announces its finale

SEATTLE -- The Northwest Flower & Garden Show in Seattle has inspired generations of gardeners with its dramatic display gardens and extensive seminar programs over the past two decades.

But on Jan. 30, the show's owners, Duane and Alice Kelly of Salmon Bay Events, announced that the 2009 show will be the last one.

"My wife Alice and I have decided that this year's event will be our last as organizers and we are pulling out all of the stops to make it the best on record. We've enjoyed every minute of the past 21 years but are ready to pursue some other passions," said Duane Kelly, chairman of Salmon Bay Events, the company that founded and owns the event.

The Kellys also founded the San Francisco Flower & Garden Show, which will have one last run March 18-22.

The Kellys had hoped to sell the shows but have not been able to find the right buyers.

The Seattle show will be Feb. 18-22 at the Washington State Convention Center in downtown Seattle.

The theme of this year's show is "Sustainable Spaces. Beautiful Places." The 26 display gardens will be first-rate -- many offering inspiring ideas about sustainability in gardens. Sustainability will also be the focus of many of the 120 free seminars.

For details and tickets, visit the show's Web site at www.gardenshow.com.

Admission, which includes entrance to a wide variety of gardening seminars, is: $20 for adults; $9 for students 25 and under with valid student I.D.; $4 for youths ages 6 to 17; and free for children under 5.

Tickets can be purchased via the show's Web site -- www.gardenshow.com.

* Loretto J. Hulse: 509-582-1513; lhulse@tricityherald.com.

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