Sky’s the Limit!

Sky’s the Limit!

sky-limit1.JPGI am having a great time at the Show and I hope that you are as well. I’ve met new people, seen old friends, asked and listened to the many comments about the possible show closing. I met a couple (one of many from what they tell me) who travel from Alaska every year for the Show. I had a lady tell me in the elevator that the “show closing” is a publicity stunt. I very politely told her that I know first-hand that it is not a stunt, but I don’t think she believed me.  I hope other people don’t also feel that way.

Ciscoe Morris, a happy go lucky fellow, gave me a huge hug and told me he was really “bummed” to hear of the show closing. Joe Lamp’l (Gardener) said he was stunned about it. Several vendors told me the same.

On a good front, as I mentioned yesterday, the Sky’s the Limit show garden designed by Rebecca Cole and sponsored by Smith & Hawken won a TON of prizes and in my opinion, was well-deserving of the honor.  They won:

  1. Founder’s Cup
  2. First in Resident Garden Design
  3. Gold
  4. Sunset Western Living Award

Their display contained wonderful design and elements. The living walls were beautiful and they took it even sky-limit7.JPGfurther by making living tables, roof and walking areas. I particularly wanted to show you the table and benches. Not only are they living (with areas between the plants to eat), but they made them a storage spot for logs underneath. The flat board on top of the benches lift up for easy access.

I think that this is an example of a great way to use the space around you and use it well. Using what you have instead of getting more space is smart and good our environment.

More on interesting benches tomorrow!

  • Patrick
    Posted at 15:21h, 26 February Reply

    Rebecca Cole did an AMAZING job on this garden! I’m a big fan of hers and have seen her work all over the roof tops of NYC. This garden is the epitome of her sleek style. Her tiles are fantastic, and her custom designed furniture is as comfortable as it is stylish.

    Way to go, Rebecca!

  • Ashley
    Posted at 15:26h, 26 February Reply

    This garden is beyond incredible! The patchwork coloration is gorgeous and the benches and table ingeniously constructed by bundling logs topped with planks, tiles and grass is such a signature Rebecca Cole piece…the garden definitely had Rebecca’s creative touch written all over it! Speaking of….I actually thought that Sky’s the Limit was Rebecca’s garden? Correct me if I’m wrong because I LOVE Smith&Hawken too- regardless though, they should totally be working together if they aren’t already!

  • Susan Maki
    Posted at 15:40h, 26 February Reply

    I loved seeing all the pictures of the garden show! Just one clarification: the “Sky’s The Limit” garden was actually designed by Rebecca Cole. Smith and Hawken graciously provided some of the containers and furniture, but it was Rebecca’s vision that garnered the awards!

  • Susan Maki
    Posted at 17:27h, 26 February Reply

    Hi, I really love your blog! I just wanted to let you know that Rebecca Cole designed the “Sky’s the Limit” garden. Smith and Hawken kindly supplied some of the furniture and containers!

  • Diane Elliott
    Posted at 21:42h, 26 February Reply

    Rebecca Cole was the designer. As a volunteer, I spent several hours a day at The Sky’s the Limit display. Rebecca Cole was the one spending hours of her blood, sweat and sometimes tears ensuring that every detail of her design was perfect. Flora, I’m confused, please clarify. What did Smith & Hawkins have to do with the garden? It is my understanding that Rebecca Cole designed and co-sponsored the garden with Smith & Hawkins. In fact, I became quite irritated that there name was plastered everywhere, seemingly overshadowing Rebecca’s name. It all seemed rather opportunistic of them to me. So please tell me just what they did do besides supply a few pots.

  • Diane Elliott
    Posted at 21:47h, 26 February Reply

    I just noticed that I spelled their wrong. Typo, sorry.

  • Ed
    Posted at 22:33h, 26 February Reply

    Did you actually GO to the Northwest Flower & Garden Show?
    I also volunteered at Rebecca Cole’s display for the first 2 days. All of the volunteers were from Craigs list & Lake Washington Voc Tech. The only designer we saw was Rebecca Cole so where was Smith & Hawkins? What exactly were they responsible for? Advertising? As a reporter you should do a bit more research for a story. It’s truly amazing you could get that “detail” so wrong! Give credit due where it belongs. I hope this transposing of the facts was just a mistake. Otherwise all of your blogging comes into question.

  • Kathryn Hayes
    Posted at 08:56h, 27 February Reply

    I love the Sky’s the limit garden and was quite surprised to read no mention of the great Rebecca Cole who from what I have researched & read in the Oregon Post designed every element of the garden from the tiles to the green walls to the fabrics & some of the furniture.

    I wasn’t at the show, but apparently she won all the top awards in Seattle and is about to go to San Francisco with her same garden.

    Are you going to the San Francisco show to visit the gardens this year?


  • Flora
    Posted at 12:10h, 27 February Reply

    I agree that Rebecca’s design was amazing! Way to go, Rebecca. This garden fully impressed me-obviously-because I chatted about it in most every post. My apologies for leaving your name off this one. I will add it in now.

  • Flora
    Posted at 12:16h, 27 February Reply

    P.S. Thanks to those who have enough faith in me to know that it was obviously an oversight (and a long, emotional week at the show) on my part and not intentional. =) You guys rock!

  • Diane
    Posted at 09:58h, 01 March Reply

    Flora. I want to apologize for coming so unglued at you about not mentioning Rebecca Cole as the Sky’s the Limit designer. I was very tired and when I read your Blog and it didn’t mention Rebecca’s name it hit a raw nerve. A couple of my other designer friends spent hours installing water features for another garden and weren’t even mentioned as being involved in the design at all. So, when I read your blog, the tea kettle started steaming. I love your blog. There’s a lot of great information included.

  • Flora
    Posted at 10:21h, 02 March Reply

    It’s OK. Gracious of you to come back. Thank you. And to those who don’t know, show gardens require the assistance of many people. I happen to think that the teams who create such showcases must be AMAZING people and fully deserving of credit all around! I wish that I did have a list of all the participants of each project because just like a show on the stage, each piece (including design, backstage work, tech, hosting, support, marketing, installation, plant adaptation etc) are vital to the entire picture of a gorgeous show garden. Thanks to everyone who worked their tails off for giving us such an incredible time at the show! -Flora

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