It’s All in the Movies

It’s All in the Movies

 Three classic genres depicted in gardens 

The Washington Association of Landscape Professionals (WALP) is designing a show garden for the 2013 Northwest Flower & Garden Show that draws its inspiration from classic movie genres: romance, westerns, and black & white film noir cinema.

Designed by Lloyd Glasscock, of Looking Glass Design, and Jeff and Linda Carroll of Jefferson Landscaping, the garden will be an island in the center of the show, and divided into three distinct parts. Each part will depict unique genres of film history.

One section will recreate old-time Western movies, with a variety of drought tolerant plants. Its lighting will be reminiscent of the classic ‘high noon’ (minus Clint Eastwood and his horse) and the color scheme of bold yellows and oranges will add some heat to the setting, with pines serving as the structural trees.

WALP designed and built this outdoor kitchen and living space that included a movie screen for family entertainment.

Look for scattered horseshoes, perhaps a few bones, and the requisite hitching post to add to the Western scene. The saloon is nearby – the show’s Wine Garden, which has been expanded due to popular demand!

The second portion of the trio of vignettes will be all romance. Soft colors in pink and white will be used with added romantic touches typical of a lush garden in a cozy setting. It will be the perfect little hideaway for two young paramours, tucked under some flowering Cherry trees. (Successfully forcing trees and shrubs into bloom – in the middle of winter – is a trick not for the faint of heart. But the gorgeous blossoming trees are a favorite of show attendees.)

Also look for a stone gazebo in the romantic garden, likely covered with clematis, provided by Seattle’s Ragen & Associates.

It wouldn’t be a garden inspired by cinematic history without a dark and moody black and white garden, so the third section will evoke film noir. Bold dark-leaved plants and white blossoms, including hydrangeas, will make up the plant palette, along with a few splashes of red – blood spatter anyone? The patio will be formed with 2-ft. slabs in light concrete and charcoal.

Emphasizing sustainability, this 2011 show garden designed by WALP included a planted roof and a system to reuse water for a pond and hot tub.

WALP is a state-wide organization made of contractors specializing in landscape construction. From building outdoor living spaces to landscape maintenance, their members can fulfill a client’s vision for their own garden. The King County Chapter of WALP has long been a participant in the Northwest Flower & Garden Show.

Tickets are now on sale for the 25th annual Northwest Flower & Garden Show, the 2nd largest gardening extravaganza in the U.S., with 23 fully build and landscaped gardens. Check back with The Garden Show Blog for more sneak previews of the gardens for our 2013 show. ~ Janet

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