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Northwest Flower And Garden Festival Celebrates 30 Years

The Northwest Flower and Garden Festival opened Wednesday at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle. It runs through Sunday. On its 30th anniversary, the garden  show features the traditional massive display gardens, but also newer on-stage events like Container Wars and Floral Wars.  Think “Top Chef” but for floral arrangers and professional gardeners.

For example, Floral Wars contestants will each be given buckets of cut flowers and other items that they have to make into arrangements in a set amount of time.

Organizers say some of these sorts of events are meant to appeal to a younger crowd and apartment dwellers who don’t have yards that can accommodate waterfalls and giant boulders.

Paula is a former host, reporter and producer who retired from KNKX in 2021. She joined the station in 1989 as All Things Considered host and covered the Law and Justice beat for 15 years. Paula grew up in Idaho and, prior to KNKX, worked in public radio and television in Boise, San Francisco and upstate New York.