24 Feb Anticipation…
The transforming magic that happens every February at the Northwest Flower & Garden Show helps to warm me up for the upcoming season of gardening and makes me dream BIG with ideas for my garden.
Okay, so my dreams and ideas are usually unrealized by mid-summer as life, chores (and budget reality) take me away from time in my yard and garden, but while I am at the show, ANYTHING is possible!
So here are a few (of many) things that are inspiring me, encouraging me to get OUTSIDE, making me dream of summer in my garden…
Seeing the Northwest Horticultural Society’s display in the lobby admonishing visitors to “Eat Your Vegetables! – Garden to Table” made me think Yes! I would absolutely want to eat my homegrown veggies in this warm, protected patio setting surrounded by the growing makings for tomorrow’s salad!
The Main Event
Moving into the main event area and my favorite part…the Display Gardens! I turn left and immediately come upon “Sommarstuga: Summer Living, Simply and Sustainably.” Ah, a Seattle summer evening while relaxing in Adirondack chairs with friends around a fire.
For family fun in a small space I checked out “Sippy Cups to Wine Stems,” a sophisticated patio that featured art doing double-duty: there was a sandbox and a shallow pond for kids to play in, and built-in benches near a copper art water feature for enjoying adult conversation over a glass of wine. I chatted a bit with the designer, Tomisha, and found out that this was her first time as an exhibitor.
I saw some incredible stonework at “From an Ordinary Pile of Rocks”: a Gothic arch with a keystone that looked to be a basalt column, a massive Gambion wall, and a stone wall dry stacked on an angle…very striking!
The most surprising building material was the picket fence made of skis in “Winter in Waiting.”
Mmmmm, at many of the displays there were fragrant plants to enjoy a moment of bliss: winter daphne, new dawn viburnum, hyacinth, narcissus…
After making the rounds, enjoying the different gardens, discovering beautiful details in the gardens…it was time to check out the Marketplace! I saw so many of my favorites with so much tempting “stuff” for gardens: ornaments, plants, tools, books, lighting, and on and on….
At the display booth for the Chocolate Flower Farm I enjoyed the fragrance of the chocolate candles while marveling at the chocolate-themed plants. There was even chocolate mint tea. I used to grow some chocolate mint in my garden and never thought to brew tea. Note to self: Need to plant that again this year!
I think this is the 14th time I have enjoyed the inspiring ideas that the Northwest Flower & Garden Show brings to Seattle, and my garden. I can’t wait to get started on some major spring clean-up, prepare to make my garden a place to relax (after all the hard work!) and enjoy…that is the transforming magic of the Northwest Flower & Garden Show and the promise of Spring!
About the columnist: Deborah Burns moved to Seattle from Southern California in 1994 and one of her goals was to buy a home, design, and create a garden. The Northwest Flower & Garden Show has been a wonderful source of inspiration over the years, and while some years Deborah’s time and energy for working on her garden wax and wane this year is going to be a great one to garden! Deborah also enjoys blogging about Seattle Real Estate and Seattle Neighborhoods on several of her blogs, and will have more to blog about the Northwest Flower & Garden Show (with more photos!) on her other blogs in a few days. You can visit her blogs at: