Northwest Flower & Garden Show 2015: Romance Blossoms (Day 2)


IMG_3282I’ve lived through another day of complete and total exhaustion and yet here I am up late in the hotel room posting a blog post when I should be sleeping.

Earlier this morning I attended the annual Tweetup. During this brief event the lights are turned up over the display gardens at the show and the garden media is set loose to take some photos.

Since it’s so late, I won’t write a lot. I really only wanted to get these little show details out there. What do you think?


Interesting way to use some more of those corks I’ve collected in my kitchen. (A Garden Built with Love/Adam Gorski Landscapes)


(A Garden Built with Love/Adam Gorski Landscapes)


(A Garden Built with Love/Adam Gorski Landscapes)


Beautiful Hosta. I thought I wrote down the name but cannot find it now. (Will You? A Romantic Proposal in the Park/Fancy Plants Gardens, Inc.)


(Love the Space You’re In/Susan Browne Landscape Design)


(Love the Space You’re In/Susan Browne Landscape Design)


Beautiful looking glass Sansevieria. (Love the Space You’re In/Susan Browne Landscape Design)


Cute “dresses” for photo ops. (Picture Yourself on Azalea Way/Washington Park Arboretum)


(Knotty and Nice…Here’s to We Time/Karen Stefonick Design)


(Birds do it… Bees do it…/West Seattle Nursery)


(Birds do it… Bees do it…/West Seattle Nursery)


(Romantic Folly/ Pamela Richards Garden Design)


I love my salmon. (Romantic Folly/ Pamela Richards Garden Design)


Great container wall. (Romantic Folly/ Pamela Richards Garden Design)


(A Moment to Remember/ Nature Perfect Landscape and Design)


(Over the Moon/Assoc. of Professional Landscape Designers—WA Chapter)


(Over the Moon/Assoc. of Professional Landscape Designers—WA Chapter)


(The Root of True Romance: Beautiful Chaos… Love, Art, Nature/Elandan Gardens)


(Three Phases of Love… Young, Passionate, Forever/ WA Association of Landscape Professionals)


Hard to see from the picture, but it’s a bike. (A ‘Bio-Cycle’ Built for Two/ Evergreen Landscaping & Designs)


Fountain designed by Douglas Walker. (The Romance of Steampunk/ Whitby Landcare and Design)

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The display gardens were too numerous to capture so I’m jumping to some retail now. At large garden shows such as this one you’ll find all kinds of things for the outdoor and indoor gardening lifestyles.

From vases such as the one on the left, to handmade glass work and other objects to ornament your garden with—there is something for everyone. (I’ve purchased from the booth on the right in the past (Bedrock Industries. Check under their tab: Gift & Garden).

I think I might just go back to purchase this number 12 for the front of the house tomorrow. Sure, it has something to do with football, but it’s also my house number!


There are many rustic, recycled, and upcycled items too. Some are made by hand, and some are likely mass produced. No matter what, there is really something for everyone. IMG_0851

After the Tweetup I was exhausted but I met up with a landscaper friend to help him select a few plants for clients. This Trifoliate Orange (Poncirus trifoliata) was something we had to get. These are such great plants. IMG_3206

As I started to get drowsy I turned to go back to the hotel. Just walking back, through the displays, you’ll find the sweetest plants to admire. I very much want to get one of these Variegated Brugmansia.    
     IMG_3281 I’m also a sucker for a Geranium that’s become a standard. IMG_3284

More than anything though, I now have my heart set on an Edgeworthia chrysantha ‘Akebono’.IMG_0854Walking back to the hotel I looked up at the Rainer Tower building across the street. From my room—for the past two year—I’ve admired this building. Yet, I only just discovered it was designed by U of W alum Minoru Yamasaki, and it just so happens that he’s also known for having been the lead architect of the World Trade Center.

Gardening is a wonderful thing, and design is all around us. Sure, I’m having a wonderful time in Seattle, but looking at this building brings along with it a somber feeling for those connected to his other work, a love of freedom in my country, and a sense of awe for what we’re able to design and build. I hope that in the years to come we’ll build again, and stop the destruction.

We garden to forget these things. I know. But with the building there outside my window as I sleep, it’s difficult for me not to think of its power.

And with that, it’s to bed, and I’ll be back at the garden show in the morning…

Northwest Flower & Garden Show 2015: Romance Blossoms (Day 1)


IMG_0737Tonight, with a full belly, I’m writing from Seattle where I’ve just returned (a few hours ago) from my first visit to this year’s Northwest Flower & Garden Show. The theme is ‘Romance Blossoms’, and overall, I think that it made for some really inspired ideas.


My visit to the show today was shorter than I’d hoped because we’d left Portland a bit late. Our kitten escaped overnight and spent the night outdoors. I was terrified he’d be gone for days, but after briefly calling for him, he ran to me, and before we knew it, we were on the road to Seattle.


Right now I’m just posting a few pictures of things I found interesting. I plan to follow up with some more in-depth information tomorrow.


I think that it’s safe to say taxidermy has made it to the show this year.

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These pottery pieces really stood out to me as I hurried past them.

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Of course I immediately ran to see what a friend had put together for the show. You follow these things online and then of course you want to see how they turned out.


Part of me feels like I’ve seen this painting before, but that’s beside the point. I really like it. Exterior paintings looking a bit like botanical billboards is a good idea—at least to me.


Mirrors in gardens are great and I liked this folding screen design.


Some gardens are just too pretty not to love. I could cuddle up here for hours with a good book.


After attending a talk given by Lorene Edwards Forker I had to dash out to get back to the hotel. (We had dinner reservations.) Her talk about gardening with nature really highlighted the importance of pollinator-friendly gardening.

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This vendor also had gotten into the theme and I liked this lighted piece but I think I’d only have it with the word LOVE written all over it. Love must always guide the way.


Returning to the Fairmont Olympic Hotel is always a bit dreamy for me. This is only my second stay here but the wonderful discount offered to show visitors is simply irresistible. We had such a great stay last year that we had to come back. Luckily, my husband really enjoys visiting Seattle too so we like coming up here together. (In full disclosure, he does not visit the garden show with me everyday.)

IMG_0794 IMG_0806After a little surprise dinner at Loulay we returned to the hotel again, admiring the huge floral arrangement, and now I’m left to dream about how delicious my semi-deconstructed dessert was…

See you back here tomorrow!