Pretty Things at NWFGS



I’m the sort of person who enjoys movie previews that don’t give away the whole plot. Because, you know, if I’m gonna go see a movie I’d like to be just a little surprised. With that in mind, here are just a few pictures from my trip to the Northwest Flower and Garden Show yesterday. Because you’re probably gonna want to see for yourself.

I found the garden above on the sky bridge, and thought, yes…I want all of this. I like to see small gardens that utilize all of the space, horizontal, vertical and everything in between. From the strand of drying herbs (because clearly this is a working garden) to the writing space to the one of a kind pottery, this design really speaks to me as an urban gardener.


SedumsI couldn’t get enough of West Seattle Nursery’s bold mix of succulents and cacti, the textures are incredible. And of course, the ever-colorful lewisia. Now I can’t wait for my own to bloom.

KittyCaseThere was also a sweet cat garden created by dynamic duo Judith Jones and Vanca Lumsden. High sweeping structures surround the garden, perfect for cat play. I liked the smaller details as well, like this miniature Edwardian case.

RaisedBedAnd of course, because I am a vegetable gardener, always… I was ‘digging’ the  raised beds in the garden by Cascadia Edible Landscapes.

SkunkCabbageAnd then there was this amazing, fantastical and wondrous garden…….

What can I say? They had me at skunk cabbage. I grew up on the Olympic Peninsula and native plants are kind of my jam. I wanted to crawl inside and stay here for the rest of the show.

The Washington Park Arboretum garden featured deer ferns, licorice ferns, Indian plums just peaking into bloom, worlds of moss and a massive nurse log among other things. It evokes the Hoh Rainforest, which inspired their design, and leaves you with a craving for a trip to the native plant section at your local nursery.

Well, at least it did that for my friend and I. We’ve already planned a nursery outing for next week. And with that, this plant-a-holic is off to dig out a spot for an Indian plum, and some other natives. Happy Weekend Folks!

(Wanna check out the show? It runs for three more days. Get more info here)



Zombies, Abutilons and Air Plants! NWFGS Photos

Just wanted to share a few of my favorite garden bits and bobs from the Northwest Flower and Garden Show. I have to admit, I was fairly overwhelmed by all the awesomeness.

This garden was designed by a mother-daughter team, I love the concept of garden-sharing and also the plants were gorgeous. Take a look at that witch hazel in the foreground of the first picture. Also, pretty sure I too should be outfitting my garden for the zombie apocalypse. 😉

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Um, chandelier of Tillandsias anyone? I fell in love with living walls all over again here.

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IMG_4641 It was a really fun show for plant geeks this year. Vance Lumsden and Judith Jones really brought it with their garden, “the Art of Upcycling”.

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Vanca said the greenhouse was made out of all salvaged sliding glass doors. Also, how awesome is the potting bench made of an ironing board? I’m pretty sure this will be my potting bench in my next garden. Now for the plant geek part, these ladies take it to a whole ‘nother level. I could have spent the entire time just drooling over the plants in this garden.

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Vanca said that the abutilons make their own crosses in Judith’s greenhouse, om nom nom.  Then there was the ferns! Asplenium anitquum ‘Cristatum’ anyone? These ladies created a garden that showcases beautiful design and awesome plants. Way to go!

Alright, I’ve got to dash to work. But tomorrow, I promise to share a few more pictures from the Sky bridge etc.

Happy NWFGS all!

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