Anticipation Grows

Anticipation Grows

Seasonal winter color by Under the Arbor

Intricate pebble mosaic by Shapiro/Ryan Design

A beautiful outdoor room by Le Jardin

It’s hard to believe summer has finally arrived and is in full swing. I’ve been weeding, weeding, weeding, and watering as sparingly as possible, trying to practice some tough love.  I’ve got a stack of bulb catalogs awaiting my browsing pleasure, and the fall plant sales are on my calendar. But best of all – the 2011 Northwest Flower & Garden Show is a little more than six months away!  Like all obsessed gardeners, I am good at eager anticipation. (Only gardeners could stick a bunch of gnarled brown lumps in the ground in September and be happy to wait until the following March to see the reward.)

 I have it on good authority, since I’m part of the gang that produces the show, that everyone is working hard to bring you a truly novel show, in keeping with our theme “Once Upon a Time…Spectacular Gardens with Stories to Tell.”  We’ve been talking to many show participants, listening to what you have to say.  So we’ll be bringing back features you have told us you loved (lots more flowers!) and trying some new things too. 

 This year we are re-launching the Garden Show Blog, where I’ll be introducing you to many of the talented people who make it all possible – garden creators, exhibitors, speakers, and others.  I’ll be sharing behind-the-scenes looks at the people, plants and personalities that make up the show, and all the creativity and chaos! I’ll also have some sage gardening advice from our local experts, and I’ll alert you to the hippest horticulture happenings around the Northwest so you don’t miss out.

So watch this space for our new Garden Show Blog, coming soon to your computer or iPhone.  And be sure to “like” us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter, so you can discover all the latest show news instantly. Meanwhile, here are a few photos from some 2009 show gardens, just to get your anticipation growing.

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