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Blown glass blooms at Flower and Garden Show

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The Northwest Flower and Garden Show continues February 7-9 at the Convention Center in Seattle. This year's display gardens feature lots of blown glass flowers and other glass art amidst the plants, especially the one entitled The Artful Garden, which showcases work by Seattle glass artist Ginny Ruffner. There are also beautiful blown glass versions of what's been called Darwin's orchid, with a nectar sac so long that only a certain moth with a ten inch tongue feeds from and pollinates.

A number of the display gardens follow an Asian Buddhist aesthetic, with meditative paths, bonzai, and formal water features and gates. One even combines the latter of these with a stone Torii gate from which water gently cascades.

Ranging on either side of the displays is a marketplace of stalls featuring everything from garden art to the latest pruning tools, even jewelry made from the skeletal leaves of plants. And of course, there are plants to buy and a wealth of bulbs ready to plant--lilies, dahlias, camas, irises, and other even more exotic species.

For those who want to do more than admire or buy, the show offers workshops on a variety of gardening topics every day. For a complete schedule, as well as tickets, hours, and driving directions, visit http://www.gardenshow.com/

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