Seattle - Northwest Flower & Garden Show
The Seattle Northwest Flower & Garden Show is a great place to get some wonderful ideas for your home, townhome or condo. Creating outdoor rooms is a great way to increase your enjoyment of your home, and when time to sell adds value, how great is that! Some of the Show Gardens this year are really dramatic, which is what I think makes the NWF&GS worth going to see even if you aren't a gardener...it' a great place to see designers and landscapers in action! The Seattle Times' Pacific Northwest Sunday Magazine has more information about the show, and sponsors a contest for NW gardeners with the Grand Prize Garden winner going to The Chelsea Flower Show in London this May. The magazine has wonderful photos of all three winning gardens, more ideas for you!
My award for most dramatic Show Garden is actually a Bathroom!
This Garden by Elandan Gardens and sponsored by City Builders, titled "Never Far From Nature" is a tropical tour de force....and island getaway for when nature calls! The shower is a tropical rainshower surrounded by jungle plants and flowers, what a way to escape!
Designers Shanna Neims, Dan Robinson, & Will Robinson have really captured the lushness and warmth of a secret paradise to restore a person, and to wash away the cares and stress of civilization. This is very close to my idea of my dream bath...although the actual bath is missing in this design...should be something that looks like a pool at the base of a waterfall.....ahhhhh!
My award for most urbane garden is "Suburban Swank With A Twist" (make mine lime!) sponsored by Washington State Nursery and Landscape Association .
This is where I want to spend a sunny Saturday afternoon (when not showing houses!) with friends enjoying something slushy, limey, and with a kick! Astro the Jetson's dog, would fit right in with the retro 50's backyard patio BBQ styling, although there is a nice urban look with the corruogated metal raised beds that I don't think the Jetson could ever have imagined.
This garden is a moonlight garden, plants that have white accents and/or flowers to reflect the moonlight. Designer Sue Goetz, has a Black & White checkerboard dance floor to lure lovers onto, and sway away to a little night music! This one did not photograph well since the camera "sees through" the display, but it was a great idea, just needed the background better thought out.
Other favorites were....
If you couldn't make it this year....then plan on it next February when it's cold and dark, and spring seems like it will never come....