Last year, show attendees of the NW Flower and Garden Show in Seattle Washington cheered on their favorite news anchors and media personalities as they battled it out in “Garden Wars,” an all-new event benefitting local charities at the 2015 Northwest Flower & Garden Show.
Inspired by popular reality-based competitions including “Junk Wars,” “Chopped” and “Iron Chef,” the live action event took place from 1-3 pm each day of the Show at “Garden Wars Arena” in the North Hall.
Host Joe Lamp’l, executive producer and host of the award-winning PBS series, Growing a Greener World®, helped guide and cajole the Team Leaders and their two-member teams. Working with identical plant and hardscape materials, Teams created 10’x10’ gardens from scratch aided by Garden Pro Advisors, local and national gardening experts specially selected by the Show.
Adding to the fun: the heated competition included three special challenges dictated by Joe Lamp’l. The teams were separated by a screen…so they could only guess what the competition is doing on the other side!
At the conclusion of each day’s action, independent judges selected the “winner.” Local charities come out on top in “Garden Wars”: the Show made a $1,000 donation each day to the winning Team Leader’s designated charity, and $500 to the runner-up Leader’s favorite non-profit organization.