Weather Concerns:  Please check our TRIP STATUS   before heading to the Arboretum on the morning of our trip in case of a weather related cancellation.  In the unfortunate event that we do need to cancel your trip fee minus $5 for credit card processing will be refunded to you. 

Thursday, February 16, 2023

Trip Cost: $115
Includes morning coffee and muffin at the Arboretum before departure, round trip transportation to Seattle, entrance fee to the NWFGS, and a bottled water for return trip.

Seating: Seats will be assigned from front to back as people register. So if you want to sit near the front do not wait to register.  Every effort will be made to sit friends and family together.

Times/Pickup Options:

6:30 AM - Complimentary Morning Muffins & Coffee at the Arboretum
6:45 AM - Board Bus
7:00 AM - Depart Arboretum/Jewett Center
7:40 AM - Pick up Ellensburg Flying J Truck Stop
      Rest Stop Indian John Hill
9:45 AM - Arrive Seattle Garden Show
4:45 PM - Board Bus at Garden Show Drop Point
5:00 PM - Depart Seattle
      Northbend Food/Bathroom Break 30 Min.
7:45 PM - ETA Ellensburg-Drop Flying J Truck Stop
8:30 PM - Arrive Yakima Area Arboretum

*All times are approximate and subject to change due to conditions beyond the control of the Yakima Area Arboretum.  All cars left at boarding points are done so at the owner's risk.

Colleen Adams-Schuppe
Yakima Area Arboretum

 Seats are filling up!! Call YAA at (509) 248-7337 for availabilty and registration

LEAVE THE DRIVING TO US:   Head to Seattle's famed Northwest Flower and Garden Festival in the comfort of a luxury motor coach.  Leave the hassle of driving over snowy Snoqualmie Pass, Seattle's traffic and parking to your professional driver.  Plus, you get dropped off right at the Convention Center's front door, leaving you more time to visit all the displays! WOOHOO!   

Start your day at the Arboretum's Jewett Center enjoying a morning cup of coffee before boarding the motorcoach and heading to Seattle at 7AM.  There will be an optional pickup for folks living in Ellensburg at the Flying J Truck Stop.  Expect to arrive back in Yakima between 8PM and 8:30PM. The Northwest Flower and Garden Festival features the region’s top garden designers and landscape firms creating dynamic and innovative display gardens with thousands of blooming flowers and exotic plants giving showgoers a real treat.

Complementing the eye-popping display gardens, is the “Small Space Showcase” presenting innovative, idea-generating small space and container gardens for those seeking inspiration for gardens on their deck, patio and terrace. The artistry of the area’s top floral designers are spotlighted in the “Floral Competition,” with lavish displays of artfully arranged blooms.

The Northwest Flower & Garden Festival is the largest event of its kind west of the Mississippi--and the second largest garden show in the United States, and it is only 2.5 hours from Yakima.  Plus, as an added benefit, a number of Yakima Area Arboretum staff members, and/or knowledgeable Master Gardeners, will be on board the coach to answer your gardening questions.

Show Highlights:

  • 20 display gardens.
  • 90 gardening seminars.
  • 300 vendors
  • The hottest new garden products.
  • Inspirations for small garden spaces and so much more! 

Limited seating so don’t wait to register. 

****Please note that one day Adult early bird tickets will be available for sale in the Arboretum's Gift Shop for $21/pp ($26 at the show) if you would rather drive yourself.  Multi-day passes and/or student tickets can only be purchased online through the Northwest Flower and Garden Show at Children (ages 12 & under) attend FREE.