We’ve heard mixed reports about attendance at flower, garden and landscape shows this year, but gardeners were out and about at the Northwest Flower & Garden Show in Seattle; the Yard Garden & Patio (YGP) Show in Portland, Ore.; and the Philadelphia Flower Show.
Danielle Ernest of Proven Winners attended the shows in Seattle and Portland. She says host organizations report attendance was up quite a bit at both.
“P. Allen Smith spoke at the Yard, Garden & Patio Show, and they actually had to expand the room because people were waiting in line to get in,” Ernest says. There were close to 700 people who attended.”
Nearly 25,000 people reportedly showed up to the show in Portland. “In a tough economy, where consumer events are experiencing decreases in numbers, gate attendance at YGP increased by 1 percent over last year,” says Whitney Rideout, business development manager of the Oregon Association of Nurseries.
In Philadelphia, attendance was about 245,000 according to the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society. That figure is up about 10,000 from 2008.