In addition to the Master Gardeners, many other horticulture and community groups host plant sales
, including the UW Botanic Gardens, Northwest Horticultural Society, Arboretum Foundation, Northwest Perennial Alliance, Bellevue Botanical Garden and the Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden. Many of these sales include vendors from smaller specialty nurseries throughout Washington.
Garden tours are a great way to get new ideas for your own garden. Many communities and garden groups sponsor these primarily in spring through summer. The Washington Park Arboretum botanicgardens.uw.edu/washington-park-arboretum and other public gardens offer tours year-round.
The Elisabeth C. Miller Library has an extensive event listing posted at their website, including plant sales and garden tours throughout Puget Sound, as well as parts of Oregon and British Columbia: depts.washington.edu/hortlib. The Miller Library is a gem unto itself. It is open to the public and home to over 15,000 books and 500 periodicals on gardening. They also have nearly a thousand current mail order catalogs from the United States and Canada, with an emphasis on Pacific Northwest nurseries.
The website Great Plant Picks, www.greatplantpicks.org, is a valuable resource for Pacific Northwest gardeners, where descriptions and pictures of nearly 1000 recommended plants that do well in our Northwest gardens can be found. Great Plant Picks is the primary educational program of the Elisabeth C. Miller Botanical Garden.
For five days each February, the Northwest Flower & Garden Show fills the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle. The popular event has heralded the start of spring since 1989 and includes many display gardens, horticulture seminars and demonstrations, and exhibitors.