14 Jan Oregon Gardener Wins Garden Show Grand Prize!
“No! No! NO! I never, ever, ever win anything! Really!” Julie McCulley exclaimed when she was called to tell her that she is the Northwest Flower & Garden Show’s “All That Jazz” Grand Prize Winner.
Julie wins four tickets to the garden show, two nights lodging at the luxurious Seattle Sheraton Hotel (conveniently located right next to the Washington State Convention Center), a $50 Cheesecake Factory gift card, a $10 Tully’s gift, two days parking at the Convention Center and – the icing on the cake – $250 cash to spend at the show.
Asked what she planned to shop for at the show, Julie said “I never come with a real plan. When I lived in Seattle, I would take the shuttle to the show. I would shop and then put my purchases in package check. Then shop some more and put things in package check. And do it again and again. By the end of the day when I collected all the things I bought, I thought, Oh my goodness – how am I going to get all this home on the shuttle bus?!”
Now a Salem, Oregon resident, Julie makes the annual trek to the garden show with three good friends. “It’s girl’s weekend out – we’ll all stay together at the Sheraton.” And of course, she has the trunk of her car to fill with all the things her $250 cash award can buy.
Julie has been a dedicated reader of The Garden Show Blog, and, like many others, she entered the “Design a Garden” nine times. “I entered as many times as I was allowed to” she claimed. She was among the thousands of people who voted, beginning with selecting the musical group (with the Beatles winning the category) and the song, “Here Comes the Sun,” that serve as the garden’s theme.
Designer Lloyd Glasscock, of Looking Glass Design, has really enjoyed designing a show garden based on all our attendees’ design choices. “This was a lot of fun – like working with clients that have very specific ideas in mind for their garden. The winning selections will come together in a really nice way. I hope for an inviting retreat, nestled against a tree-lined backdrop. It will be something that I think many garden show attendees could visualize in their own gardens.”
The winning design includes a central patio backed by a stone wall, with a fountain in front. ‘Montana Bronze’ flagstone and ledgestone from Marenakos Rock Center were chosen as the hardscape, and the all-important top dressing to finish off the plantings, selected from Sawdust Supply, is their best-selling Gro-Co.
Our website readers also voted for the plant selections (plants typical to the Northwest region), a work of art (a glass sculpture), containers (a soft celadon glaze) and the garden seating (comfy Adirondack chairs), all from Swansons Nursery.
Be sure to see the “Design a Garden” show garden when you come to the garden show. After all, you helped design it! And many thanks to all those who participated in this fun new garden show feature. Keep following us on the Garden Show Blog, and be sure to become a fan of the show on Facebook, where we are giving away tickets 2 – 3 times a week from now until the show! Plus follow all the garden show action and join in the conversation on Twitter, at #nwfgs. ~ Janet