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Re: A great trip

Oh, I'm jealous. This is a great show. I thought about going this year, but have made other plans now. Be sure to take a sturdy carryon for your plant purchases. My first year there I came home with a fig, 2 orchids, heaths & heathers, scented pelargoniums, hardy clematis and too many lily bulbs. I drove that year. The next one I had to limit myself to what I could stash under my seat. Luckily, for me it's only a half hour flight & the attendant ignored the stuff stashed behind my feet : ) Not sure I could get away with that since 9/11.
The show has a plant check area that is a lovely feature. You can stash your purchases until you are ready to leave for the day. The year I flew, they let me leave my luggage there. My gardening buddy arrived the day before and I went from the airport to the show on the bus. Then picked up my luggage & all my plants and took the shuttle to our hotel.
The gardens are wonderful, the garden related arts & crafts outstanding, plant market area too tempting to resist. Food in the show is pricey, big surprise, but there are several nice places to eat just across the street or down the block from the convention center.
If you can tear yourself away from the show, visit Pike Place Market during the day. (Can be dangerous at night)With all of the rain, the lower levels have been closed, but there's plenty at gound level including Godiva chocolates and the original Starbuck's.
Oh I'm stopping now or I'll talk myself into flying over for the day.
Have fun, buy something you can't live without, did I mention the pottery bells and the metal work and the carved stone table tops and....Oh Heronswood is a local vender there
bye now
Judy B z6 Idaho
----- Original Message ----- From: <Cersgarden@aol.com>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Monday, February 06, 2006 9:32 PM
Subject: [CHAT] A great trip

I meet a friend for coffee this morning and she mentioned the NW Flower Show
which she had been checking flights & hotels to attend. She ask if I would
be interested in going. Wow, I would love to go. So about 5 pm tonight she
called & said she found an internet pkg that was to good to be true so we leave
early Thurs morning. I can't believe this is true. I don't usually make
decisions so quickly. We are staying at the Crowne Plaza Seattle and returning
on a red eye Sunday evening. Total cost for flight & hotel < $400. I feel
badly I will not be home for my husbands Sat birthday but he encouraged me
to go and we will celebrate when I return.
Anyone been to this show before?

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