This post is simply eye candy presented at the request of our friend, Lisa, from Greenbow Garden. When she asked for more photos of the display gardens at the Northwest Flower & Garden Show, I thought about putting them up on Facebook. Then, I decided no, I’d put them here. After all, I own this space. Facebook owns theirs. In my last report on the Northwest Flower & Garden Show, I shared photos of my two favorite gardens that won gold medals. I like many of these almost as well.
So, here are more display gardens from NWFGS. I hope you spring-starved gardeners enjoy them. First up is A Room with a “Garden” View, by English Landscapes Group, designed by Jon Crouch and Peter Mauer. It’s a bit too pastel for me, but I do love that gazebo. I’m always impressed at how they get plants to bloom right on time.
The judges awarded it a gold medal.
Next up, we have Park it in Your Own Backyard, created by Dakara Landscape Design and designed by Natasha Schwartz. The judges awarded it a silver medal. Of all of the designs, this is probably my least favorite. I, being a plant person, wanted to see more plants. The camper was a cute–although very large–touch though, and I enjoyed seeing my favorite daffodil, Narcissus ‘Thalia’ front and center. They must be easy bulbs to force. I’ll consider that for this fall.
Our third garden is Mountains and Rivers Without End which I assume is based upon the poem by Gary Snyder. The plants in this garden were beautiful and serene. I also loved the aged lookout fire tower. I thought it was all very creative.
Next up is From Sea to Shining Sea, a celebration of the town of Coupeville on Whitby Island and Nantucket, Massachusetts. The pink building on the left represents the Blue Goose Inn Bed & Breakfast in Coupeville. The judges awarded this garden a gold medal.
The next garden is one of my favorites. I just thought it looked so natural and flowing. I’ve not yet been to the Hoh, but I’d like to sometime. That would be a special trip. The Hoh: America’s Rain Forest was awarded a gold medal.
Next up is A World Away on the Na Pali Coast which won a Silver Medal. I thought it was a nice change from the other gardens with the use of tropical plants. The fountain was nice too.
The final garden for this post is a hard one to execute. Unlike blooming plants which are pretty resilient, vegetables are difficult to time to force. Some also sulk for a week or so after transplanting. I loved the execution of this garden, but some of the plants looked a little wilted. I understood why. It’s still a great representation of what you do with urban gardening, something I hope continues to grow in the U.S.
Now, this isn’t all of the gardens. For more information on the gardens, see the website. Seeing them lined up in a post I think they all look kind of static, but if you could smell that room when you walk in…. I often wish blogs has scratch ‘n sniff buttons. Don’t you?
By the way, I get nothing in compensation for sharing these gardens with you. I just do it because I want to. I was paid for speaking twice at the show just like all of the speakers. I also received free admission to the show for the three days I was there. You have to be able to get in to speak. I got no other compensation other than seeing the beauty of the gardens myself. Getting to see spring in February is priceless.
If you’d like to read another recap of the show, Check out the Garden Mentors website.
Any garden with a kayak in it gets my vote.
Beth @ PlantPostings
Priceless, yes! Thanks for sharing! You captured the scenes expertly, Dee. I really like the “America’s Rainforest” display.
Loving see more of the show. Thanks for sharing your pictures.
I love eye candy. Especially that rain forest garden. I am already looking for some logs.
Thank you for putting the photos on your blog rather than on Facebook. Display is so much better. Another plus is that we know where to come to easily find them. Facebook is a look and scroll on by place.
Thanks Nell Jean. You know, I should always put them on my blog. It’s my “hub,” but sometimes I get lazy. I’ll try to do better.
Soothes my soul after a long, draining day. Thank you.
Hi Tiffany, your comment warmed my heart. I’m glad the post and pics helped after a long day.
What a great show. Loved seeing the different gardens and I can almost smell the moist soil and plants!
Gail, it is such a great show, and I’m not sure that Pacific Northwest gardeners realize what a gem they have. I mean, to them, it’s the norm, but for a winter-starved Oklahoma girl like me, it’s paradise.
Lisa at Greenbow
As the snow flies here I do think I am getting a whiff of daffodils and hyacinths. MMMmmmmm good. I too especially like the natural looking gardens. I know they don’t have room to scatter bulbs yet I am reminded in a couple of these displays why you shouldn’t line them up. At any rate this time of the year I love seeing them any way they wish to display them. Thank you so much for giving us such a colorful look at the show. Thanks to for the shout out. 🙂 Made my day.
Kathy from Cold Climate Gardening
Thanks for sharing your photos. Maybe I’ll get there one year.
Kathy, have you ever been to the Philadelphia show?
soothing the spring itch with all this beautiful eye candy. Thank you for the peek!
You bet Peggy!
Donna@Gardens Eye View
Wonderful creative displays!
Aren’t they though? Such talent.
Thanks, Dee. A welcome sight on a cold February day.
You’re so welcome KaTinka.