This has been year 7 of visiting the annual Northwest Flower and Garden Show in Seattle. The show is always a great way to get re-inspired by the spring ahead in our gardens. The theme this year was Art in Bloom. I don't know if it is, that we have been coming to this for so many years, or that this year just simply wasn't as inspiring as the previous. Needless to say the "Art in Bloom" theme felt, well, a bit cheesy. The other component that seems to becoming less and less refined is the market place. That's right, lots of sham wow types creeping up more and more. And just to add to the grumpy rant, the kids zone is usually so much cuter- perhaps this year they were just short of creative volunteers. Or maybe these tired parents of a demanding 3 year old, just need to take a year off and check out a new region or trade shows... Dwell on Design LA here we come!
Some of the highlights:
There seemed to be a real trend towards architectural evergreen plants. We are really into pines, redwoods, hemlocks and firs right now. Edgeworthia, Helebores and small white flowering Rhodo's were also used in almost every display. Loving all of these right now!
Terra Cadence- The Rhythm of Earth: This was by far the BEST of the display gardens. Angles, viewpoints and a mass use of greens, greys and whites, made this set up beyond soothing and vast.
In the marketplace our favourite vendors were Portage Bay Grange- Feed & Mercantile & The Heirloom Seed Company owned by Farmer John. These guys are authentically garden related and full of great products and inspiration.
The Small Space Showcase area, where real outdoor light filters inside the convention center is always a great thuroughway. And it was super great running into our colleague from Vancouver Todd, from Pot Inc. Beautifully arranged set up of suuculents and drool worthy containers.