A whole weekend awaits, and I suggest you spend at least some of it at the Northwest Flower & Garden Show, which folds up its tent on Sunday. (For show location, hours and ticket info, visit: gardenshow.com.)
To get the biggest bang for your show buck, it pays to have a plan. Say, doing a display garden stroll, followed by an expert seminar, a nosh at the cafe and, finally, a shopping spree. Or, just spend all day shopping the show's 350-plus exhibitor booths.
Any way you navigate it, here are just five of my not-to-miss shopping spots:
1) Vintage Garden Market. Slipped into a small, far corner, it's easy to miss this market (it's just its second year at the show), but it is well worth seeking out. Amid the charming botanical pictures, milk buckets and birdhouses is Booth 8VGM showing the Great Findz of Dawn Oscar (Dealing for Haystack Antiques, Kirkland, 702 Market St.; Bellevue, 144 105th Ave. NE; 425.455.1515; haystackantiques.com). On display are seastars, rows of white milk glass vases, handmade pillows and even a girly Valentine's-pink metal bistro table.
Some of the charming fare at the Vintage Garden Market
2) Booth 702: Molbak's (Woodinville, 13625 NE 175th St.; 425.483.5000; molbaks.com) tempting stock includes some cool coasters and herb stakes.
3) Booth 502: Probably the only place you'll find a funky wooden pitchfork is at Briggs & Co (206.406.3495; briggs-co.com), there's also a passle of beautiful baskets. Sharing the booth is Full Circle Studio (Mercer Island, 2758 72nd Ave. SE; 206.275.3395; fullcirclestudio.biz) and its array of sweet nature-based hand-crafted cards, decoupage switchplates, tea towels and more (see top image).
4) Booth 501: Dig Floral & Garden (Vashon Island 19028 Vashon Hwy. SW; 206.463.5096; dignursery.com) features a crush of colorful hip garden wares, including a gathering of bird baths and a murder of stone crows.
5) Booth 302: Home & Garden Art (Ballard, 1111 NW 85th St.; 206.784.1080; homegardenart.com). Booth 402: MOD Studios (1111 NW 85th St.; 206.779.0668; modstudionw.com). The booths of this storefront/studio collaborative handily face off at the show, making it a great spot to suss out their whimsical metal garden art and gorgeous garden gates, including a solar-powered number featuring a stunning colored glass nature-scape. (In fact, you can spot some Mod Studio pieces in several of this year's award-winning display gardens.) Other eye-catching MOD works are the one-of-a-kind metal and wood tables.