2024 City Living Displays
City Living demonstrates just how artistic container plantings can be. These 12 ft x 6 ft masterpieces incorporate intimate outdoor living spaces for relaxing and entertaining while incorporating vertical wall planters, bold plant combinations, lavish textural accents, cozy seating and even water features. These gardens are created by leading retail nurseries and landscape designers in the Pacific Northwest.
A Celebration Dinner for Two
Ali Black Design's patio evokes an intimate dinner for two, adorned with a crystal chandelier illuminating a wrought iron table crowned by a cherry wood top. Set with vintage silverware and a champagne bucket, the scene unfolds against a backdrop of vintage botanical wallpaper on a grand screen. Amidst this setting, tropical grandeur meets tradition—a duo of majestic brugmansia and Phalaenopsis orchids mingle with vibrant Plectranthus verticillatus, purple Tradescantia, and fiery orange Geraniums. With a palette boasting black, white, chartreuse, and orange, this fusion encapsulates the trend of bringing indoor plant elegance outdoors, offering a fresh, innovative spin to traditional outdoor aesthetics.
Take-home ideas: Mix indoor tropicals with outdoor annuals in containers, giving your indoor plants a new look for Summer.
Designed by: Ali Black Design
Pike Place and The Parisian
Immerse in a Parisian escape, where black and white elegance meets bursts of yellow, and orange. Containers flourish with hyacinths, tulips, lemon cypress, and more, while a lattice wall entwines with jasmine, framing cafe-style seating for morning delights. A mischievous metal crow, a symbol of whimsy, steals a croissant while a typewriter hints at creative musings. Artistry thrives with recycled glass screens, hanging mobiles, and rain chains by Bedrock Industries, complemented by metal sculptures from Bent Productions and Abraxas Crow Company. Envisioned for the creative soul, this garden invites relaxation and inspiration, painting a story of a Parisian transplant crafting a Romance Mystery amidst Pike Place Market's charm.
An Octopus’s Garden in the (Partial) Shade
Take-home ideas: Get creative with plant selections that fit your space, use height to create dynamic garden designs, and embrace rich, vibrant colors.
Designed by: Breathe Easy Gardening, LLC
Established in 1999 by Paula Douer and Harry Tchira, merging their manufacturing prowess with a love of gardening, Crescent Garden is now one of the premier container gardening innovators with self-watering solutions and refined design. From its inception, Crescent Garden has catered to contractors, plant enthusiasts, and global garden centers, offering enduring containers and cutting-edge accessories. Embodying professionalism and passion, their mantra resonates: planters should serve you. Striving for accessible gardening, they redefine industry norms, dedicated to empowering growth for all.
Take-home ideas: Utilize high-quality self-watering containers to create a vibrant and manageable garden of any size.
Designed by: Crescent Garden
More is More
Step into the vibrant maximalist garden where ‘more’ is not just encouraged – it's celebrated. This space is a symphony of style, comfort, color, and texture where an orange, green, and white color palette invites visitors to lean into their Maximalist spirit. In this lush retreat, time is measured in relaxation, and patio moments are maximized. Large-scale colorful butterfly art creates an enchanting atmosphere and the custom totem sculptures by Dustin Gimbel Designs act as a backbone of the display. This design is tailor-made for the high-rise city dweller with an unapologetic passion for art and color. Every corner tells a story, and every color speaks volumes. Step into a seamless blend of form and function, where aesthetics and practicality coexist harmoniously.
Take-home ideas: Get inspired to incorporate more bold colors into your garden.
Designed by: digs inside & out
Step into a Mediterranean-inspired balcony garden that evokes the allure of Spain's tranquil sanctuaries and Morocco's vibrant charm. Adorned with Spanish and Moroccan architectural accents, the space exudes contemporary splendor through bursts of vivid hues. A standout feature, the stenciled wall intricately weaves color and design, offering an effortless yet striking aesthetic. Ideal for the wanderlust-hearted and lovers of vibrant palettes, this creation celebrates the beauty of small spaces. Crafted by a former travel agent turned globe-trotting garden tour leader, it embodies a fusion of travel passions and botanical marvels.
Take-home ideas: Small spaces can be beautiful and inspirational.
Designed by: Ma Petite Gardens
Seeds of Change
This captivating display harnesses the beauty of nature's bounty. Crafted by visionary creators, it weaves together a tapestry of collected seedpods, delicately paired with the elegance of hellebore and the boldness of freshly cut protea flowers. Embracing the unconventional, the display ingeniously transforms these seedpods into functional design elements, seamlessly merging artistry with the enchantment of the garden. Standout features include a mesmerizing curtain fashioned from Proboscidea seedpods, inviting visitors through a doorway adorned with these marvels—a celebration of nature's artistry awaits within this immersive display. From the young to the young at heart, this exhibit beckons a diverse audience—primarily adults enraptured by its allure, although children too will find themselves drawn to its intrigue.
Take-home ideas: Use seedpods and other unique materials for interesting decor.
Designed by: Obsidian Windchimes
Delve into the captivating fusion of mobility and gardening through a whimsical stationery utility trailer, inspired by the VanLife trend. Adorned with botanical wallpaper on its sideboards, this mobile garden transforms into a charming space housing the creator's favorite plants and promising a delightful spectacle as it cruises down the highway behind an RV. A nod to urban living, the garden incorporates art pieces on the walls and cozy rugs on the patio, cultivating a comforting 'home is the best place to be' atmosphere. Designer, Tonya Gray, is a seasoned artist specializing in contemporary folk art. Her textured and inviting gardens have graced the NW Flower & Garden Festival for over a decade. You're invited to celebrate the fusion of art, nature, and mobility in this innovative and charming garden exhibit. Explore the dynamic intersection of creativity, horticulture, and life on the move.
Take-home ideas: Learn the fusion of art, nature, and mobility with a charming mobile garden.
Desgned by: Tonya Gray Art Works
Urban Middle Earth
Take-home ideas: Incorporate stories and narratives into your urban space, and don’t forget the magic!
Designed by: Urban Earth Nursery
Where the forest meets the sea
Take-home ideas: Explore the fusion of natives and cultivars on your home patio to craft a unique, tranquil space for unhurried moments.
Designed by: Zenith Holland Nursery