The Beauty of Stone

The Beauty of Stone


 Enhance your garden with natural rock and stone 

Your home is an investment as well as the place for sharing with family and friends. Why not enhance your outdoor areas with natural stone?  Adding natural stone for walkways, patios, walls, water features, and focal points will not only increase your enjoyment of your garden year round  — think, no more muddy walkway — it will increase your home’s value.

The beautiful show gardens at the Northwest Flower & Garden Show are filled with ideas for using stone in all its forms. Each garden creator has spent time meticulously selecting the massive boulders and stone at our supplier, Marenakos Rock Center in Issaquah. (Look closely, and you’ll see there are many different varieties of stone used in the gardens.)  Over 200,000 pounds of rock is brought into the show to build the gardens every year!

Here is just a sampling of the many uses of stone and other hardscapes that can be found at the show:

Above: Furney’s Nursery created this lovely pebble mosaic of a tree as a focal point to the entry to their 2005 garden at the Northwest Flower & Garden Show.

Circular patterns are wonderful elements in the garden, as evidenced by Jessi Bloom of NW Bloom EcoLogical Landscapes in her garden for the 2006 garden show.

In 2006 Shapiro-Ryan Design went linear with a contemporary garden, contrasting the textured stone blocks with the smooth rounded black Japanese pebbles.

A Vine Maple serves as a delicate scrim in front of the mass of huge vertical boulders for a 2007 garden designed by Marenakos Rock Center. This is a beautiful scene year round.

Another pebble mosaic, this one a ying and yang, in a circular patio with the pop of color from red cushions, designed by NW Bloom EcoLogical Landscapes for the 2007 show.

A raised bed from flagstones stones and a flagstone path enhance the edible garden created by Pacific Stone Company in 2008.

Kristy Ditmore of Under the Arbor Landscape designed this multi-level outdoor living area with a contemporary water feature, a rill, for the 2009 show.

Conifers and craggy boulders just go together naturally to create a look that would blend in anywhere in the Northwest, designed by Wells Nursery and Marenakos Rock Center.

In 2010 Tami Ott-Ostberg of Garden Dreams Design combined terracotta capstone around a water feature with white paver tiles for a cool, comfortable patio.

Two large stone pillars stand sentry to the entrance to a landscape designed by Tim Grey at Pacific Stone Company for the 2010 garden show.

Susan Calhoun of Plantswoman Design used large round river rock in these gabion walls to create a natural wall fronting a water feature for her 2010 garden. You can find many ideas for gabion walls at the show.

Karen Stefonick Design created this stunning outdoor living space using simple rectangle pavers interspersed with black pebble rock for textural contrast, winner of the 2011 Founder’s Cup.

A stone path draws visitors to the outdoor patio nestled behind stacked rock walls in this garden by Dakara Landscape Design in 2012.

Lloyd Glasscock of Looking Glass Design tucked a stone patio into a woodland garden for a serene retreat in the “Design a Garden” display in 2012. The stone was crowd-sourced by voters on The Garden Show Blog.

Before you make the investment of stone and rock in your garden, get ideas, inspiration and sources at the Northwest Flower & Garden Show. The show will be held February 20 – 24, 2013 at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle, and Early Bird tickets are on sale now! ~ Janet

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