Northwest Flower & Garden Show

2010 Photo Album

Photos courtesy of Michael Walmsley


Active Landscape, Inc.
Tony Fajarillo
[email protected]

Co-Creator Info:
Puget Sound Bonsai Association

A study in contrasts between the influence of Asia and the Pacific Northwest is the focus of this garden, which will delight the bonsai enthusiast. Here you will see some old and extremely rare specimens of “Yamadori”—bonsai collected in the wild. A manicured Zen garden displays these horticultural treasures in contrast to wild Northwest native vegetation, and heightens their beauty with the addition of ferns, conifers, mosses and falling water. The lesson here is that the order and unification of Zen can be conferred upon any garden—even one situated in the wildest of areas. Borrowing views from the natural landscape only enhances the artistic beauty of the manicured garden.

Awarded Silver Medal



Adam Gorski Landscapes, Inc

Co-Creator Info:
Robinson Landscape Design, Inc.
Rebecca Robinson
[email protected]

Do dinosaurs still roam the earth? If you and your children look carefully in this fantasy garden, you just might see signs of an Apatosaurus hidden among the fossils in its perimeter walls. Enter this oversized world and be surrounded by tree-like ferns, tall palms and leaves of plant families that existed more than 65 million years ago, during the Mesozoic era. Here you’ll learn about the key elements of a child-friendly garden. Explore the garden’s centerpiece—a giant elevated nest constructed from the salvaged branches of the work of local arborists. (But you don’t have to tell your five-year-old. Isn’t it more fun to imagine a massive flying reptile who laid the colossal eggs at its base?) If you examine those big footprints, it’s hard to deny that something magical must have happened here!
Awarded Bronze Medal


The Arboretum Foundation
2300 Arboretum Drive East
Seattle, WA 98112

Phil Wood Garden Design
Phil Wood
[email protected]

Bob Lilly

The charms of winter in the garden are quiet and contemplative when compared to the lush and colorful shows of other seasons. In this garden, winter interest is carried by softly colored winter bark on birch and maple with the more colorful stems of Cornus echoing our native lowlands. Rich greens of winter foliage anchor our garden and bring in a sweet fragrance. Even in the chill of long nights and short days, flowers and tassels born on trees and shrubs offer cheerful notes. We can easily bring The Winter Garden to our own personal landscape.

Awarded Silver Medal


Association of Professional Landscape Designers of WA (APLDWA)

Contact: Susie Thompson, [email protected]
Tina Nyce, [email protected]

Designer: APLDWA Design Team

For a free 15 minute design consultation, click here.

Do you ever feel like you’re spinning your wheels when you attempt to assess the challenges and the potential of your garden? You’re not alone. One of the best investments you can make in your outdoor space is a master plan, created with your input by a professional landscape designer who can clearly define your needs, your likes and your opportunities—from structure and hardscape materials to a compatible selection of plants that will delight you throughout the year. This winter theme garden is designed by a group of such professionals—all of whom have a different design style and one that may be just right for you. Here, a multi-use space that combines structural elements, hardscape materials, and plant pairings is brought together by innovative design to provide beauty, purpose, and inspiration.

Awarded Gold Medal


Elandan Gardens, Ltd.
Dan Robinson
3050 W State Hwy 16
Bremerton WA 98312
[email protected]

Just imagine: Leonardo da Vinci, Kubla Khan and Chinese philosopher Zhu Xi were alive when some of the trees in this garden took root. Its creator, who has been described as the “Picasso of Bonsai” by the curator of the Brooklyn Botanical Garden, has been collecting natural Bonsai for over 40 years. Notice the gnarly branches of the ancient cedar snag, the specimen weeping blue Atlas cedar and a Ponderosa pine which is more than 800 years old. They are three of his prize trees, in a collection of over 200 specimens, chosen to showcase a garden that is perfect for a small family or a couple who enjoys entertaining outdoors. A sparkling pond and stately stones anchor this soulful installation, which celebrates the art of nature. It is a maintenance and pesticide-free living museum—a spontaneous creation that will continue to evolve over time.

Awarded Gold Medal


Fancy Fronds
Judith Jones
[email protected]

Co-Creator Info:
ALBE Rustics
Vanca Lumsden
24690 Pistol River Loop
Gold Beach, OR 97444
[email protected]

It makes no difference what your age, you’ll have fun learning about plants while playing the interactive game that is the theme of this educational plant-driven garden. The definition of a wormhole is: 1) a hole or passage burrowed by a worm, and 2) a hypothetical tunnel connecting two parts in time and space. While functional hardscape is static, plants are constantly in motion in time and space…. and that presents us with boundless opportunities and challenges as home gardeners. The creators have gathered plants that thrive in the Pacific Northwest and realistically grouped them by their cultural needs in a playful fantasy setting. Look for color-coded jewels that indicate the cold hardiness rating for our coastal frost. These garden creators remind us that our gardens should bring a smile to our lips, a lift to our heart and a touch of fun to our lives. Just remember: GARDENING IS THE ULTIMATE GAME!

Awarded Bronze Medal


Flower Growers of Puget Sound

Ah….Springtime. We know that it’s just around the corner, but just let us count the days! There’s nothing like the fragrance of a swath of hyacinth to remind us that in the Pacific Northwest, it’s not all about vertical drizzle and endlessly gray skies—there’s life and color to be had in the early springtime garden…so get out of your winter doldrums! We can all enjoy an earlier start to our gardening year, and by lacing conifers, evergreens, deciduous shrubs and flowering trees with bands of bright color from well-chosen annuals and early blooming perennials, our spirits can’t help but be lifted. Let’s make a wish in the well that the sun will soon be warm on our backs as we sink our spade into the awakening soil.

Voluntarily not judged


Garden Dreams Design, LLC
Tami Ott-Ostberg
[email protected]

New Leaf Creations, Inc.
Steve Haizlip
[email protected]

A captivating garden is all about layering unique combinations. Consider, as these creators have, that living in the Pacific Northwest doesn’t mean we’re bound to plant material that is ordinary. Enter through ornate old-world doors and look closely into this picturesque suite of Polynesian style, where contemporary and traditional design features mingle, and lush beds are filled with grasses, vertical plants, trees and greenery that are bold in scale and delicate in texture. You may observe specimens that seem exotic and unattainable, but in fact they are all perfectly suited to thrive in our climate. Pottery—both antique relics and vessels for planting—play an important role as focal points; lending contrast, depth, dimension and a historic quality. The partially hidden patio with stucco-like walls and large beamed framework is central to this garden. Just imagine sitting there, surrounded by the textural, year-round greenery, you’ve been transported to some luxurious faraway place.

Awarded Silver Medal


Le Jardin Home and Garden
Karen Stefonick – Principle/Designer

Co-Creator Info:
Brent Bissell
B. Bissell General Contractor, LLC
Landscape Installation and Construction

Whimsical curves mixed with lines create a playful yet serious design. Both elegant and organic, curvaciousness abounds in this garden; from the “eyebrow” cover over the patio, to the Dr Seuss-like trees and waves of textured concrete on the water walls. Strong masculine notes of metal, concrete and stone are countered with soft easy care plant materials. Hits of copper-orange draw the eye through the garden, while swaths of repeated plantings create drama and a soothing eye. Low volt lighting accentuates the curves and casts artful shadows. This garden is an eclectically modern, fun place for family and friends; perfect for twilight cocktails or relaxing on a brilliant summer day.

Awarded Gold Medal


NW Bloom ~ EcoLogical Landscapes
Jessica Bloom, Principal/Designer
Mill Creek, WA
[email protected]

Co-Creator Info:
Seattle Tilth
Katie Penke
4649 Sunnyside Avenue North, Room 120
Seattle, WA 98103

The powerful simplicity of ecological, functional design is the inspiring focus of this “urban homestead,” created by a mother with her eight-year-old son–to show us how an entire family can live sustainably in the city, regardless of their income. Raised beds and containers grow organic produce on a small urban plot. Many materials, from “urbanite” to used metal pieces and culvert pipes, have been creatively repurposed including the whimsical art you see. Come visit the urban livestock that create food and companionship for the people who live here. A friendly goat happily nibbles weeds that are hard to eradicate and produces fresh milk daily. Chickens aerate and enrich the soil as their mobile “tractor coop” is moved around the homestead. This garden demonstrates a closed loop system, where every resource is put to maximum use and nothing goes to waste, utilizing “rain wise” principles, composting, and solar power.

Awarded Gold Medal


NW Majestic Landscape & Living Inc.
Design and Installation
[email protected]

Designer: John Faccone
(206) 261-0594

Benjamin Franklin was once quoted as saying, “I don’t plant trees for my own enjoyment, but I plant them for posterity.” This garden creator believes in a maximum-impact garden that will give us instant gratification, relaxation and enjoyment. The hardscape and structure is the focal point here–a fully poured, stamped concrete patio with a textural finish of multiple hues is of particular note-guarded by a pair of Incense Cedar sentinels. All of the plant materials you see in this year-round garden are real, everything was outside before coming in. This is a garden that is strong enough to endure all the Northwest seasonal weather and soft enough to replenish our soul. The lesson? Plant big trees—life is short!

Awarded Crystal Medal


Northwest Orchid Society
PO Box 51021
Seattle WA 98115

We’ve all brought a grocery store orchid home for a quick hit of color and exotic bloom. But did you know that your selection is part of the world’s largest plant family, with over 35,000 species and literally hundreds of thousands of hybrids? In the wild, orchids grow from sea level to elevations as high as 9,000 feet on every continent except Antarctica. Although the majority of these beauties are epiphytic-meaning they grow in air instead of soil, they’re highly adaptable for growing at home. The trick is finding the ones that are right for your conditions, and learning a few simple steps to help them thrive. Come take a close-up look at orchids cultivated by members of the Northwest Orchid Society and discuss the challenges and joys of this magnificently colorful, often fragrant bloomer. Then stop by the NWOS Grower’s Booth for membership and culture information.

Awarded Crystal Medal


Pacific Stone Company
Lloyd Glasscock and Timothy Gray

Centered on a raised stone patio with gray flagstone paths, stepping stones and massive columns, this two-tiered garden is all about enclosure–and the romantic blending of Ireland’s rich Celtic history with naturally drought tolerant plants of the Pacific Northwest. Enter the quiet, reflective space through a massive stone dolmen and notice the restrained color palette of green, grey, white and yellow. A perfect place to contemplate or entertain on an intimate level, it’s further enclosed by a graceful stand of birch in the lower garden. Turf-free and lush with grasses, heathers and sedum, there’s little work to be done once the installation is finished….all the more time to relax and escape the hectic world outside.

Awarded Gold Medal


Pamela Richards Garden Design
Pamela Richards
[email protected]

Co-Creator Info:
Susan Browne Landscape Design
Susan Browne
[email protected]

Black and white. Complementary contrast. Light and the absence of light. Peeling white birches and gauze draped black columns soar out of garden green. A path of black stone interspersed with moss. The surprise of yellow. A glass flower nestled beneath scented daffodils. Luscious lettuce in a silver-white container. The patterns of black and white fabric, of black and white flowers, of black foliage against a white wall. The drip and dance of water from an urn offers music. Natural and refined, the union is the garden.

Awarded Gold Medal


Plantswoman Design, Inc.
Susan Calhoun
PO Box 10505
Bainbridge Island, WA 98110

Special Thanks:
Kevin Swann
Sprayline Technologies

What could be better on a warm summer’s night than a swim with your sweetie–by the light of the silvery moon? But forget the chlorine and the aqua blue tile of pools gone by. The natural swimming pond is a time-honored, chemical-free way to bring recreational swimming and relaxation into your garden space, no matter what the size of your lot is. Surrounded by a low maintenance shrub-based garden, flowers attract wildlife and your yard becomes a habitat for increased bio-diversity. And without chlorine, your pond can be used by animals and people alike—a plant-filled bog filters the water so it is always as clean as a clear mountain lake. Whether you’re a couple looking for an intimate retreat, a family wanting to play with your children or you simply want to create a social spot for the neighborhood to hang out, make it a swimming hole. Afterwards, a nap in the sun on the dock or a cozy sleeping spot is a relaxing way to wile away the afternoon!

Awarded Silver Medal


Seattle Urban Farm Company
Colin McCrate
Brad Halm
Noel Stout

If you’ve only thought of growing vegetables as an exercise in practicality instead of a study in creative design, this garden could certainly change your mind. Here, a lowly pick-up truck has been elevated to a living container of the most unusual sort. These creators—who specialize in installing edible landscapes–hope that their transportable garden will not only be viewed as a piece of garden art, but will cultivate discussion about the benefits of a local food system. By reducing the distances that foods are shipped to consumers, less fossil fuels are used….which puts the opportunity–and the responsibility–directly into the hands of home gardeners. From rooftop salad gardens and mini orchards to trellised berry patches, the choices for cultivating edibles in tight urban spaces are limited only by our imagination. This display could be moved to a new locale after the show– which could have its benefits: the next time you’re asked to bring salad to a party, drive the garden to dinner and pick lettuce on the spot!

Awarded Gold Medal


SolTerra Systems
Brian Heather
79 SE Taylor Street, Suite 401
Portland, Oregon 97214

Co-Creator Info:
Patrick Carey

Kermit the Frog may have said “It’s not easy being green”—but the creators of this unique demonstration garden want to show us differently. This garden spotlights ways to integrate environmental systems into your garden, no matter what the size, that produce energy, food, clean air and water-all while enhancing the beauty of our built environment. Options range from a green roof that is virtually maintenance-free to vegetation that provides a garden hobbyist with an opportunity to keep a well-manicured private garden. And financial benefits are impressive: ranging from Federal tax credits of up to 30 percent on photovoltaic solar systems to yearly cash payments from the state of Washington for producing renewable energy.

Awarded Bronze Medal


Sublime Landscapes, Inc.
Heath Green
[email protected]

This “East-meets-West” influenced garden is rich in symbolism, and as we walk around the perimeter and through its pathways, there are subtle design messages that remind us of the crossroads we encounter in life. At its most primary level, this garden creator’s design encourages us to visit its center. Notice the distinct geometric contrasts—gently curving walls play against strongly angular environmentally-friendly timbers, reclaimed from an area sawmill. Some of the plants in this garden are like people who live in Seattle—well known to this area, but originating from other parts of the world. Yet all are easy to find and care for, growing vigorously and flourishing in our opportune and moderate climate. Many pathways intersect in this garden, yet it maintains a central location of comfort. Which path will you follow?

Awarded Silver Medal


Timeless Creations Landscaping LLC
Scott Erwin

Co-Creator Info:
Timeless Design
Susan Arndt

Even a tiny urban lot can be transformed into an oasis of classical European elegance, as this garden demonstrates. The elements of trellising, water, hardscape and shelter have been incorporated into old world gardens for centuries, and their inclusion is just as appropriate and charming today. Simple, lush plantings range from sun-loving perennials and fragrant herbs to a fern grotto under large evergreens in the cool shade. The gazebo’s green roof brings this garden into the 21st century and, by eliminating a lawn, these creators pay respect to our desire to reduce the use of chemicals and conserve water. Careful plant selection and a reflecting pond attract birds, which aid in natural insect control, while bringing life and activity into the garden. This is a space designed for all ages: a bridge and pathways beckon children; a chef gathers herbs and prepares a family meal in the gazebo. Here, as for generations before, humans and nature happily co-exist.

Awarded Bronze Medal


Under the Arbor Landscape Design
Kristy Ditmore

Co-Creator Info:
Elements of Nature, Inc.
Roy Mangel, President
Seattle, WA 98155
Field 206-226-7947
Office 206-229-1136
[email protected]

The subtle reflections of light and color are the basis for this garden creator’s design. These sparkling delights are often overlooked in our busy life and this is a place to relax and recharge before we are swept away in the next task. How does your garden appear from inside the house, where you often view it during the colder months? Consider the framing of views, and the importance of focal points within the garden space. Here, the framing concept is illustrated by walls left open at intervals, to allow window-like views from both inside and out. Accessible via a stepping stone path across a reflecting pond, this tranquil garden holds many lessons that can be creatively applied to any real landscape, large or small: the biggest of which is to reflect your own style through design choices that will add both functional and artistic value.

Awarded Bronze Medal


Washington Association of Landscape Professionals (WALP)
King County Chapter

David Jensen

Native Green Landscapes
[email protected]

Phil Wood Garden Design
Phil Wood
[email protected]

Sometimes the best part of gardening is the glass of wine at the end of the day. These creators understand that our free time is precious–and especially for a professional couple, the need or desire to entertain friends, family and colleagues may be the most important use of an outdoor space. They invite us to put our feet up and relax: no lawn to mow, or plants to stake. Instead, architectural plant material is truly low-maintenance, high impact and requires little water once established. Even a small garden can provide a welcoming space for outdoor living—be it dinner under the arbor, curling up on comfy chairs and watching a favorite flick, or pulling a scrumptious handmade pie from the pizza oven. The message of this space is to take the time to enjoy your garden—while bringing the best of contemporary design and timeless details together for a gracious, tranquil retreat.

Awarded Silver Medal


Washington State Nursery & Landscape Association (WSNLA)

Partnership for Water Conservation

Innovative Landscape Technologies
Zsofia Pasztor
10 108th St SE
Everett 98208
[email protected]

There’s a big message for change in this garden themed around the “Wizard of Oz.” It all has to do with leaving behind the Wicked Witch of over-consumption and environmental degradation. We’re reminded that the Tin Man represents the HEART of our garden—a peaceful home for humans and wildlife to live in harmony. The Scarecrow’s INTELLIGENCE represents the informed choices we make to live more lightly on the earth and protect our limited resources. And from the Cowardly Lion, we get COURAGE to simplify, prioritize choices and reconnect with the basic pleasures of life. Rich with examples like green roof systems, living fences, water-wise irrigation, edible plants and wildlife habitats, this display demonstrates that functionality can be fun and creative. Any urban family with a small to medium site, who is concerned about our world and about conserving water and other resources, can enjoy this garden with a wonderful and empowering message about their own possibilities. We’re in a different world now, Toto!

Awarded Bronze Medal


Wight’s Home and Garden
5026 196th Street SW
Lynnwood, WA 98203

Wight’s Design Team

At a time when many of us find it difficult to afford an exotic vacation…or landscape on a grand scale, the creators of this garden remind us that we live in the best place on the planet…and give us a snapshot of how our own little corner of the world can become a heavenly escape without breaking the bank. Simple changes add up to a comfortable, livable and aesthetically rewarding indoor/outdoor space–perfect for entertaining friends on the patio on a warm summer evening, or simply enjoying alone. By integrating garden elements such as a small water feature and statuary, comfortable outdoor furniture, whimsically-shaped planted containers and perhaps a Mexican Chiminea for warmth on chilly evenings, you can easily transform your home into a true Northwest “Stay-cation” destination.

Awarded Bronze Medal

Photos courtesy of Michael Walmsley