Two weeks ago I had Friday off and the opportunity to attend the Northwest Flower & Garden Show in Seattle with my sis-in-law. I followed along a bit beforehand via Facebook, seeing photos of the set up something like this requires was kind of fun. Literally trucking and tractoring in yards of dirt & bark, tons of rock and cement retaining wall blocks, flowers, bulbs, grass and lets not forget actual trees!
Having never been, I was excited and unsure of what to expect. I've been to our small local home and garden style show and knew to expect booths for businesses as well as some of those "sold on tv" kind of products for sale... but this show was just amazing!
We got there just after opening and being Friday it was day 3 of a 5 day run. It wasn't too crowded initially but definitely got busier as the day progressed. I think in the future I'd try to go on Thursday to avoid the "first day" folks on Wednesday and the "long weekend" folks on Friday.
We first went through a section of "booths", many were locals. One of my favorites was this one from Whidbey Island... wouldn't you love to have a little shed or get away spot like this?
The details were fantastic and I took a bunch of photos to show my husband... perhaps when he finishes his latest project we can get started on a new greenhouse with some of these touches! The vintage style mailbox with flowers was a favorite as well as the old door.
See that little "cupola"? It's old funnels! As is the hanging plant in the front! And a vintage bike with a basket of flowers? Well I don't really have to say anything at all about that, right?
Moving around we came across another vendor, don't actually remember what this was for but of course, I loved the galvanized water troughs full of tulips! Really like the idea of burying them a bit instead of having them fully above ground. I've been thinking of were I could add one of those smaller round ones at my place!
First up, and I think the most dramatic, was The Tiny Tetons. This garden captures the beauty of Wyoming's Grand Teton National Park. Showing meadows and a backdrop of mountains.
This garden was surrounded by a fence and you could only view it from a small area in front. If you look closely in the first (above) picture you will see a live edge sort of piece of wood that finished off the fence on each side of the viewing area.
Park it in Your Own Backyard was the name of this garden area... complete with a structure on a "patio" area. It is inspired by the fact that there is a natural park less than 90 minutes from downtown Seattle, Mount Rainier National Park. If you've ever visited Seattle on a clear day, yes Washington does have some of those, you can appreciate the view from your backyard of this beautiful mountain.
This garden was inspired by the many National Parks in the Southwest with a desert-like feel... so different from the area that I live in.
This golf course display was so fun! The tulip photo from the beginnins was also part of this display. Unfortunately I couldn't find a name on my map nor on the show's website. I took to google and found a couple of folks called it "A tribute to hole 12 at Augusta"... which is kind of funny since that's what my husband said when I showed him the pictures! My google search also turned up that this hole at Augusta is "Amen Corner" and the signature hole at Augusta Natioanal Golf Club.
The Hoh, is a rain forest on the Olympic Peninsula here in Washington state. And before you wonder how we have a rain forest, it's a temperate rain forest not a tropical one. This rain forest receives 12 to 14 FEET (yes, feet!) of rainfall each year.
This garden also shows how a "nurse log" functions in a forest.
The designers used native plantings like firs, dogwoods, rhododendrons, ferns, iris, daffodils and tulips.
This patio and open air structure was to mimic a Spanish Mission courtyard garden. From Florida to California, early Spanish settlers influenced architecture and garden design.
Always love a flowering, weeping tree.
This garden was inspired by gardens found in the Seattle area, especially in waterfront locales with a skyline, Cascade peaks and Mt. Rainier. It is supposed to be a view out of a conservatory style room and a waterfront garden that leads to the shore.
Essence of Yellowstone kind of speaks for itself as Yellowstone is the grand-daddy of all National Parks. Old Faithful was even symbolized with a fountain.
Flora and fauna found within the park are represented by a meadow and naturally shed elk and deer antlers.
I think it's a play on a Victorian painted lady with those colors
A fun addition and favorite area of the show was the Vintage Garden Market. If you like to attend those vintage sales that pop up all over you would have LOVED this area! One or two of the dealers were ones I've seen at previous sales but most were new to me.
First up is this outdoor chandelier made out of vintage punch cups! You see these at thrift stores all the time for next to nothing, how cute would this be in a fun little garden area!
This booth was fun, even brought sod in to cover the floor!
Inspiration for our own farm truck perhaps?
This seller had cement mushrooms! I would have loved to bring one of them (they had multiples) home but the price and the weight kept me from doing so!
This seller had the coolest building and stuff in and around it for sale. The porch on the building is a fun touch.
Of course we picked up a few treasures at the show including dahlia tubers, a cute burlap pillow cover, some "b's" for my wall, daffodils, a vintage grapette crate, small metal toolbox and a silver trophy like vase. Would have loved to have scooped up more but one can only carry so much!
Visiting all this garden inspiration mid- February really makes one want to get out in their own garden... fortunately for me I had a little visitor last weekend and we took our own garden tour here at Red Gate Farm.
And my own garden adventure? Well my seeds have sprouted! It's looking like a great germination percentage and I cannot wait until it's April and May, the time to start planting in earnest!
Spring is on its way in the Pacific Northwest, so looking forward to it!
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