Pretend-spring has been coming to Seattle every February for 21 years, in the form of the Northwest Flower and Garden Show. Sadly, unless they find a buyer, this will be the last one. Anyone out there wanna buy a Garden Show? Second largest in the country? Come on, it'll be fun. Do it.
It seems to be one of the few things that my sisters and I can manage to coordinate our schedules around, although when we started doing the math we realized it had been way too many years since our last Sisters' Day at the Garden Show. But we made up for lost years, seeing everything...and some of it twice. Planning our own gardens, fantasizing our dream gardens...taking pictures, notes...vowing to work in each other's gardens on future Sisters' Days when it warms up a teeny bit.
Lush and amazing little worlds...
...and of course everything labeled for those of us who need that in our own gardens (ooh, need that. Need that too. Ooh, ooh ooh, need that...).
Tranquil and serene gardens
Exotic and fun gardens
Dizzying texture combinations
And just-for-fun cuteness.
Why not grow a salad in a trunk? And this trunk-o-salad is in good company with a family of cool reclaimed-metal pigs from my favorite store in Seattle.
Fabulous conifers...texture, texture, texture...
The greens, ooh the shades of green.
And the colored foliage setting off the greens.
I wonder why this caught my eye?
Cute dog alert.
There are always lots of amazing waterfalls and water features. Especially amazing to me since everything is built in 5 days, displayed for 5 days, and taken down in 2...you can watch this entire process in 7 minutes here...this is a super cool video.
Elephant alert. I love elephants.
This year's show was all about sustainability. Eco-friendly, green themes ruled. Rain barrels, once scorned and hidden in obscurity with compost piles, were featured dominantly in many displays.
Another recurring item this year, taking the green theme quite literally, was the green wall.
I love the idea of a lush, growing wall...what a great idea for a small space. It got the wheels turning in my own brain...growing a green wall and not killing it...hmmm. Could I?
Rebecca Cole extended her green wall concept to a green carpet in the cool display she did with Smith & Hawken and Brent Bissell.
They also had built these amazing planters which I loved...
...you can see them in progress on Rebecca's blog. Pretty neato. I haven't searched around to see if more of the designers blogged about the process like she did, but plan on doing that next time I have a chance to lose myself blog-surfing...so many talented people created such amazing spaces and shared inspiring ideas. I'm in awe!
And I had a blast with my sisters...it was a perfect day. Love them an awful lot. And enjoy time with them. They headed for the ferry and I waited for my bus...with my two $1 pots of blooming daffodils (what could be better than that on a dreary February day?) that had been grown by local horticulture students, my many coupons for plants and goodies, my little garden journal full of notes and sketches, my camera full of mostly-blurry pictures (I had bumped a button early in the day and took everything at some odd setting), and my head swimming with ideas.
Real-spring will be here soon enough, until then I have pretend-spring in my memory, and in pictures. I hope you enjoy them too!