Design a Garden – Week 7 Design Sketches

Design a Garden – Week 7 Design Sketches

We’re now at the 7th installment of our “Design a Garden,” where our website readers are participating in the design of a spectacular show garden for the upcoming Northwest Flower & Garden Show. The theme will be based on the beloved Beatles song, “Here Comes the Sun.” Designer Lloyd Glasscock of Looking Glass Design has drawn up three sketches for your votes, and now the fun really begins!


Here are some insider tips from Lloyd: “Developing a plan for ‘Design-A-Garden’ is not quite like designing a landscape for the average Seattle-area homeowner.  Usually a designer presents a plan, the customer requests changes, and then a final design is drawn. In our case the one thing we know for certain is that the plant palette will consist of plants generally associated with the Pacific Northwest and that the show’s website readers will be choosing from 3 designs.


For this project the perimeter of the garden will be created from a combination of basalt posts on their sides (somewhat like logs) interspersed with walls built from Montana Bronze flagstone, Montana Slate ledgestone and Sockeye Quartzite flagstone, all stone chosen in Vote #6, using hardscapes from Marenakos Rock Center. The garden is not a walk-thru and is designed to be viewed from the outside only. The height of the perimeter will be approximately 18 inches. Of course, like a real home garden, there are neighbors! This garden will be bordered by neighboring gardens on two sides, so that had to be taken into consideration.”  (Click on the sketches to enlarge the view.)



Choice A offers a walkway from the front of the garden to a small seating area at the back.  A stone wall of Montana Slate Ledgestone, bisects the garden and changes the elevation from 18 inches at the front to 30 inches at the rear. Stone pillars act as ‘gateways’ along the pathway and will be approx. three to five feet in height. A cedar arbor separates the seating area from the rest of the garden giving a sense of seclusion to that area. 



Choice B presents a totally different perspective. Here a large central patio using Montana Bronze Flagstone and Sockeye Quartzite flagstone is the focus, with a backdrop of large sheltering evergreens and deciduous trees. A stone wall borders the ‘uphill’ side of the patio with the front and side bordered with plant materials from Swanson’s Nursery. A stone fountain along the flagstone walk offers a bubbly focal point.



Choice C offers a ‘garden room’ created from lattice panels and a stone patio. A walkway guarded by an arbor leads to the right, rather than toward the front of the garden, giving a different look than the other plans. The water feature, consisting of stone columns is larger in this design, adding a bit more splash, and is echoed by a similar stone birdbath in the front of the garden.


The existing support post in the Washington State Convention Center Hall 4B, where all the show gardens are built, presents a unique challenge! It is on the right hand side of all three plans. Sometimes the garden creators discover the support beams at the garden floor are in different spots than shown on paper – ugh! Be sure and check out the final product at the garden show itself because we won’t know for sure how we’re handling the post until we get to the Convention Center at set-up time. Never a dull moment in the life of a show garden creator!    


Of course, all three of the plans will make use of seasonal color and landscape plants from Swansons Nursery.  Plants will be selected based on their availability up to February. So the weather plays a big part in determining which plants can be included!


To vote, just go to the voting page on our website. And each time you vote, enter to win our “All That Jazz” grand prize – 2 nights lodging, 4 tickets to the show, $250 cash to spend at the show and more! (One vote per email address, and we do accept Canadian votes!) Increase your odds of winning by voting each time we have a new category. ~ Janet


  • Sharon Scheiber
    Posted at 00:20h, 04 November Reply

    Love design A so you can stroll on the path

    • Janet
      Posted at 00:38h, 04 November Reply

      They all look good to me. Interesting to see all the options for a garden – even in a smaller space.

  • Sharon Scheiber
    Posted at 00:21h, 04 November Reply

    how do you vote?

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