Home & Garden

Portland firm takes over Seattle's NW flower show

There's good news for Northwest gardeners.

Seattle's Northwest Flower & Garden Show -- which has inspired green thumbs for two decades -- has been sold.

In February, Duane and Alice Kelly, founders and producers of the show, announced the 2009 event would be their last. Unless another organizer stepped up and bought the rights, last year's show -- which featured 26 display gardens, 110 seminars and dozens of hands-on presentations by national gardening and design experts -- would close forever.

Here's the good news. Kelly recently announced Portland-based O'Loughlin Trade Shows Inc. will be the show's new producers.

The family-owned company is the West's largest producer of consumer trade shows, including the Portland Home and Garden Show and the Tacoma Home and Garden Show. Now they're taking on the nation's second largest flower show.

In an e-mail Kelly wrote, "gardeners in the Pacific Northwest are now assured that their flower show will continue to bloom."

The 2010 Northwest Flower & Garden Show is scheduled for Feb. 3-7 at the Washington State Convention Center.

For more information on this year's show, go to www.gardenshow.com.

* Loretto J. Hulse: 509-582-1513; lhulse@tricityherald.com. See more of the Herald's Home & Garden stories at www.tricityhomeandgarden.com.