How to Build an Award-Winning Show Garden, Part 1

How to Build an Award-Winning Show Garden, Part 1

New Leaf Show Garden Plan

With the Northwest Flower and Garden Show only four months away, I set out to learn about building a Show Garden. I chose to follow New Leaf Creations, Inc. as they build their garden for the show and will be sharing the process, as well as pictures, with you. New Leaf won the Gold Metal in the 2007 show. I hope that you will join me in reading about the progress and then viewing the garden at the show!

New Leaf Creations, Inc is located Bellevue and is owned by Steve Haizlip. Depending on work load, they have anywhere from 7-15 employees. They also pull aboard horticultural students from Lake Washington Technical College to help with the Show Garden. This is New Leaf’s fourth year building a garden for the Northwest Flower and Garden Show. One year, they even built a tree-fort! What total fun!

This year, they will be building “Nature’s Classroom”-fitting because Steve and his team are passionate about teaching, especially about the environment in terms of landscape design and architecture. The garden will have a woodsy feel with lots of moss and ferns. That is fitting, of course, for the Northwest.

Some very special features of the garden will include:

  • Living Walls– There will be three total living walls made with greens. One wall will be one where students can experiment with design by placing various plants and grasses.
  • Water Feature– One wall will have a water feature element. Water will flow down over the wall and into a slow stream that snakes through the sitting areas.
  • Artwork– To be announced feature! But suffice to say that Steve is in contact with a Seattle artist who finds his motivation for his sculptures through nature.
  • Stone Seatwall & Steps– Seats will be created from granite boulders instead of benches. The steps will also be granite. All granite will be donated by Marenakos.
  • Green Roof (my fav)- A green roof made with mosses, ferns and forest flora.
  • Rain Barrel (my fav too)- Show Garden will include a rain barrel to show how it is possible to collect rain and use it to nurture your garden.

Thanks, Steve for sharing with us!

2 Comments
  • Courtney
    Posted at 14:01h, 06 October Reply

    I’m definitely looking forward to reading the rest of this “How to Build an Award-Winning Show Garden” blog series that you do. It sounds like it’s going to be a VERY cool garden! Can’t wait to see the pictures you share with us. 🙂

  • Flora
    Posted at 12:40h, 08 October Reply

    Thanks for reading, Courtney! Glad you are enjoying the series. I am also looking forward to learning a lot more! ~Flora

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