This year’s theme was “Once Upon A Time…” so you can imagine the variety of display gardens created with some fairytale flair. As a child raised in a home that lacked much interest in children’s stories, it was wonderful to see and it gave me so many ideas of ways I could enrich the lives of the kids we care for—even if it is only part-time. (In face, before we drove up to Seattle I had my friend A. save many of the long Douglas fir branches he cut down for us so that I can make a teepee this summer. That will become the outdoor TV room.)
Green walls are very popular so this is only one of many in the posts to come…
|Repunzel-themed green wall picture by the Flower Growers of Puget Sound.|
I didn’t really get the story aspect of this display, but there was a man carving and explaining the history of the business so that is also a version of storytelling and the story of the garden. Sometime this summer I hope to visit this nursery.
|Elandan Gardens ltd. Display Garden|
|Mossy top to a bonsai planting in the Elandan Gardens ltd. Display Garden.|
I have to admit that I am not the best when it comes to orchid care, yet I am fascinated by them and I continue to buy them from time to time. This little one is one of many unusual types highlighted in the show this year. I may go back to seek on out tomorrow since it will be our last day at the show.
|Dendrobium linguiforme, NW Orchid Society Display.|
This is the Pacific Northwest and there is no greater local myth than that of Bigfoot so there was a garden for him too.
|Bigfoot—aka Sasquatch—Kinssies Landscaping Display.|
Of course Alice in Wonderland had to be included too. This garden included a live rabbit that seemed terribly sad. I felt sorry for it.
|Alice in Wonderland themed garden.|
There was also this garden below. The pine has the word “wolf” in it so can you guess the story?
|This was a garden with a Three Little Pigs theme. Seeing a cleaver cracked up both up.|
There were a few other gardens with more adult stories focused on life and relaxation. They typically included strong design ideas with classic garden comforts.
|This design showed a way I could solve a design problem I have been having with the insertion of a gate in a way that I feel comfortable with and the husband liked it too.|
This was a garden of memories past for many of us. It was a great scene to experience and my mind’s eye was a bit weepy with memories wandering from my mentor Mr Palm to one of my old Sicilian cousins who liked to nap during the summer on his lath covered patio on a cot under his fuchsia baskets.
This was part of a very interesting display. It referred more to the interior of Washington State.
|Suzy Dingle Landscape Creations.|
It felt a lot like metro progressive greeniacs were not so in vogue as they were last year. This was a curious change of events that I didn’t really mind.
|Creative Gardener display gardener. It is the “new” container garden.|
I do not get out to Vashon Island as often as I would like to, but when I do, I drop by this nursery. It is an amazing place with amazing design ideas. You have probably seen them in gardening magazines.
|DIG Floral and Garden booth.|
This is some great stuff. I think I know what I plan to make when I get home!!! This is an amazing Seattle area garden boutique and they always have something new and different to offer.
|Ravenna Gardens Booth.|