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The Northwest Flower and Garden Show — A Report

by Chani West-Foyle, Marketing Associate on March 2, 2011

in Gardening, News

Last week was the Northwest Flower & Garden Show, and on Friday, with great enthusiasm, I went to go check it out. (Very picture-heavy post ahead!)

First, I attended a tweetup, and got to meet (face to face!) a number of people who I am acquainted with via Twitter and Facebook. They live! They breathe! After a short nattering session and some giveaways, we were turned loose on the show floor before it opened to the general public. The theme this year was “Once Upon A Time”, and the garden-makers rose to the occasion with an Alice in Wonderland garden, a Wind in the Willows garden, a Three Little Pigs garden, and many more.

Sadly, I am someone who tends to forget that she owns a camera, so I mostly gawked and didn’t take as many pictures during that first hour as I should have. But I did take a picture of some lovely red flowers that were encroaching on a lawn. (I think these were in the Wind in the Willows garden.)

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I also really liked the greenhouse made of old windows at one of the booths. It was up on top of the display, so I couldn’t get great pictures of it, but it was inspiring nonetheless.

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I stopped by University Books, the show bookstore, to have that always-a-thrill moment of seeing books that I recognize on the shelf. (I’m sure it’s even more thrilling when you are the author of the book in question. Maybe I’ll do that someday. I could write about forgetting to take pictures at flower shows.)

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Then I cruised around the show floor, looking at booths and enjoying the ideas.

This pot is awesome. I’ll take six, please.

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This shed of terrariums, ferns, and Victoriana made me long for a corset. (Not really. But it did make me long for a shed just like it.)

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Please, do not scoff at my desire for a corset, or I’ll sic a dragon on you.

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Who is tired of succulents? Not me! Although it seems unfair that one family has so much sculptural value. Can we file an antitrust suit against succulents?

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This pillow is great, though perhaps misting it to keep the tillandsias alive would do a number on the actual pillow part. Pillows must be sacrificed in the name of garden art, I say.

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So must sinks.

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If I were a chicken, I would absolutely want my front door to be chicken-shaped.

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This sort of show brings up a plethora of ideas, and it made me excited about getting out in the dirt soon. And it also made me tired. So many impressions swirling around in the brain. At the end of the day, as I left the show, I paused at the spectacular bulb and flower planting near the show entrance, and for a quiet moment I renewed my love for Ranunculus.

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{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Matti March 2, 2011 at 8:39 am

Looks like a great time was had by all. Never saw a pillow like that using Tillandsia as fringe. Cool. Matti

2 Susan Morrison March 2, 2011 at 10:54 am

Nice photos! You saw somethings I definitely missed. Love the chicken-shaped door. Chickens were definitely a theme – Jessi Bloom’s chicken talk was great!

3 Chani West-Foyle, Marketing Associate March 2, 2011 at 11:07 am

How could a talk entitled “What the Cluck”, be anything but awesome? I’m looking forward to her book. I’m a skeptic of the “chickens and gardens can co-exist” theory, but I’m willing to be converted!

4 Christina Salwitz March 2, 2011 at 11:32 am

You DID get some great shots- things I never saw, like the chicken door!

5 Ann aka Ficurinia March 2, 2011 at 1:00 pm

I took so many photos at the show that I made three lengthy posts! I am still writing up my many thoughts about the seminars we attended too. Better late than never, right?

6 Chani West-Foyle, Marketing Associate March 3, 2011 at 10:18 am

Ann, lemme know when they’re up – I’d love to see more photos! And it does take some time to decipher exactly what you were thinking when you scribbled that cryptic note on the back of a ticket stub…

7 Fern @ Life on the Balcony March 10, 2011 at 6:50 pm

So now you tell me. All this time I thought I was a sucky tillandsia caretaker. Now I realize they needed to recline against a fluffy pillow to survive!

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