So Much To See at the Show

So Much To See at the Show

Photo courtesy of Janet SinglerBy Janet Singler
Guest Columnist

I got to the show at 10:00 a.m. I like to park across the street at the 7th and Pike garage, mostly because I always have trouble finding my car at the end of a long day in the maze of the convention center parking…

Display Gardens

I went to the display gardens first—it was really crowded so I often had to wait in a “line” to see the displays—I noticed it was not as busy around noon so I might reverse my approach next year.

The displays were spectacular as always—my favorite hands-down was “From an Ordinary Pile of Rocks” by Exteriorscapes, LLC and Borrowed Ground. The inuksuk reminded me of Whistler, BC and the other rocks and unbelievable rock wall were amazing!! This is one display not to miss!

Other displays that were inspiring included:

  • Seattle Urban Farms – A Backyard Farm—don’t miss the chickens, herbs, strawberries, corn and sunflowers — be sure to look up!
  • Make-a-Wish Foundation contributed a whimsical element in Living with Weeds (I didn’t see any weeds!) created by NW Majestic Landscape and Living. Where else would you see frogs with crowns on their heads—fabulous!
  • Photo courtesy of Janet SinglerThe best waterfall and oldest tree (95-year-old Japanese Maple) were at the very peaceful display called Tranquility in the Wilderness —ohmmmmmmm—happiness found here…
  • The HUGE Monkey Puzzler tree (Arauncania Araucana) in the Pacific Connection with Falling Water Design garden is a great greeting to the show!


After the display gardens I went shopping. I really wanted the glass flowers—there are two booths that have them—Glass Gardens NW (booth #1106) and one in the main marketplace (I can’t find the name – oops!). Instead of glass flowers I bought jewelry—earrings from Beaded Jewelry and also from Shadowfax (booth #819)—I just love that these ladies come back year after year so I can buy more pieces to complement what I already have. They are friendly and crazy so that’s fun, too.

I also learned a lot—I’m sort of new to the area and had a wonderful time learning about the University of Washington Botanical Gardens (booth #2472) and Volunteer Park Conservatory—I’m planning a day trip there soon.

The booth from the Lake Wilderness Arboretum (booth #2571) was great—the Spring Plant sale will be May 9 and 10 — Mother’s Day Weekend!

At the Bats Northwest booth (#2365) I talked to the experts and got their website link—you can build a bat house, learn about bats and volunteer.

The mason bee folks (The Beez Neez, booth #2333) were at the show again—I haven’t bought any mason bees but they make it really easy; you buy the bee house and the bees and then you’re ready to give back to the backyard environment by helping to pollinate your trees and flowers!

If you are planning a trip to The Butchart Gardens in Victoria BC, be sure to stop by their booth (#1214) and get your coupon for 2 for 1 tickets at the Gardens!

Photo courtesy of Janet SinglerOther deals I found:

Two booths not to miss because they are so unique are the King’s Silk Embroidery Art (booth 2233) and Plant Amnesty (booth 2604). If you need a laugh look at their photos of Ugly Yards; what a crack up! You could also enter your photos next year.

Container Gardens

My favorite container gardens: I couldn’t decide between Ragen & Associates – succulent varieties galore and 2008 Best Plant Material winner and Sunnyside Nursery – Spring Color Splash — I love the combination of bright green with dark red and purple – stunning!

I’m looking forward to planting my new Lilies from The Lily Pad Bulb Farm (#2230) and my wildflowers from The Wildflower Seed Company (#411) — that way I can think about the Garden show all summer and wait patiently until next February to do it all again!

About the columnist: Janet Singler has lived in the Seattle area for only four years and is still learning about all the wonderful places to learn and see gardens. This was her third year at the show and she looks forward to it all winter. Janet writes, “When it’s time to go the F&G show I know it’s almost spring!”

  • Deborah Burns
    Posted at 11:52h, 24 February Reply

    I thought “From an Ordinary Pile of Rocks” display was very cool too. From the Gambio Wall to the Gothic Arch and the twist of laying the rocks of the drystone retaining wall at a 45 degree angle, very dynamic!

  • Flora
    Posted at 18:20h, 24 February Reply

    I also enjoyed the rock display. Was one of my favorites. What incredible design with a great natural resource that is often looked upon as being “in the way” of our gardens. My dad used to pay my brother’s and I a nickel per rock to de-rock the garden every year. But of course they weren’t that big! ~Flora

  • peyton
    Posted at 18:40h, 24 February Reply

    that seems like a great event to watch and visit.

  • Jayna Klepser
    Posted at 09:17h, 27 February Reply

    Great job of blogging Janet! I wish I could have made it to the show this year. Your blog makes it sound like I missed a wonderful garden show. There is always next year…hopefully I won’t be sick next February 2009 🙂

  • Deborah Burns
    Posted at 12:47h, 27 February Reply

    My mom was always wanting to have large rocks (boulders!) in our yard. Growing up in San Diego we lived next door to a home that had a HUGE bloulder (think Lincoln Navigator BIG) and she was always joking about wanting that in our yard!

    I drive by a certain rock all the time and someday I want to knock on the door and ask to buy it!

    …Yes I argree with you Flora, they are important elements, unless you are digging and being thwarted by rocks!

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