Getting Lost in the Garden

Getting Lost in the Garden


 A journey from the wild to the cultivated 

The act of gardening is full of good intentions gone awry. Consider the tree that grew to gigantic proportions; the hedge that swallowed the house; the dainty little perennial that became a self-sowing monster; the groundcover that smothered a favorite plant. We’ve all had good intentions that were not shared by Mother Nature. Our list of regrettable gardening ideas is long.

So it is with this intent that Riz Reyes, of RHR Horticulture and Landwave Gardens, creates “The Lost Gardener,” inspired by the themes and elements of motion pictures such as “Jurassic Park,” “King Kong” and “Raiders of the Lost Ark.” His aim is to capture a gardener’s dilemma – the desire for the newest, rarest and most unusual (that can lead to bad things) and how man has attempted to improve, protect and alter these plants to satisfy the environments we live in.

Riz first entered the garden show in the amateur competition in 1996, and created garden vignettes for five years. This will be his first full-scale show garden and he’s excited about the challenge.

You can count on this garden being lush with gorgeous plants. The good news is they will have been carefully selected (many from Riz’ own collection) and are plants that actually grow well in our Northwest conditions. No tropical island required (and no dinosaurs allowed).

Look for lush tropical foliage from an array of leading Northwest nurseries in Riz Reyes’ first show garden, “The Lost Gardener.”

“The Lost Gardener” will feature a rope bridge that connects a mysterious island jungle to a clearing where the iconic ‘Skull Island” serves as a warning of the implication on what can happen if plants run amok. Look for a dry river bed of assorted dryland, alpine and bulbous species, along with succulents and grasses. A fence-like structure will represent the high voltage fence in Jurassic Park, but instead of confining the dinosaurs, it’s the rare plants that are being contained.

This is a garden that will give you some great inspiration for your own garden, including how to jazz it up for year-round interest, bold foliage color and texture, deer and rodent protection, container designs and subtle use of garden art, often from recycled materials. It’s a small space garden with big ideas.

The huge diversity of plant species is being provided by some of the regions’ leading specialty nurseries, including Dragonfly Nursery, Bouquet Banque, Desert Northwest, Chimacum Woods, Fancy Fronds, Far Reaches Farm, Cultus Bay, and Minter’s Earlington Greenhouses.

The Northwest Flower & Garden Show will be held at the Washington State Convention Center February 20 – 25, 2013. Tickets are on sale now for this gardening extravaganza. But don’t delay, because this rare beauty of a show only lasts five days, and on February 26th it becomes extinct – at least until the 2014 show. ~ Janet

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