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2013 Northwest Flower & Garden Show in pictures

by Brian Ridder on February 27, 2013

in News

Timber Press went to this year’s Northwest Flower & Garden Show to support our authors, mingle with gardeners, and see what’s new in the industry. It’s also a good excuse to visit Seattle. We thought it was a huge success. You can read more about here. And here. And here and here and here and here and here and here. Well, it is a popular show. The following is our take on the show, in pictures.

Amy Stewart's new book, The Drunken Botanist, is a kind of natural history told through the plants we use to make beverages, and how to make the drinks themselves. Here, she demonstrates the proper technique for shaking a cocktail.

Amy enjoying the fruits of her labor while chatting with the audience.

The problem of working with animals: Before giving her talk, author Jessi Bloom (Free-Range Chicken Gardens) was upstaged by a hen named Sassy.

Miniature plants were popular at this year's show. Here, a selection from River Rock Nursery included a miniature garden.

You have to get close to truly appreciate a miniature garden.

Really close.

Waterwise plants remain popular. And pretty.

Air plants were also well-represented.

Orchid on a stick? We're not certain if this qualifies as an air plant, but I thought this was a fun idea from Andy's Orchids.

Since this was Seattle, there was a pronounced Asian influence, including these beautiful examples of Ikebana from the Seattle chapter of Ikebana International.

When it came to garden products, recycled materials could be found just about everywhere. Including these cheese trays made from old wine bottles.

Or this musical instruments fountain.

Tin can fish.

Even an old motorcycle gas tank has its place among garden hardscape.

Antiques were also popular at this year's show.

Of course, this wouldn't be Puget Sound without blown glass.

Lots of it.

The theme for the show gardens this year was "Gardens Go Hollywood." The most popular, by far, was A Hobbit's New Zealand Garden.

This garden, produced by Washington Park Arboretum, celebrates the New Zealand Forest being planted at the Arboretum this summer and opening in the fall.

Alien on Vacation by Dr. Decks LLC and Jungle Fever Exotics was another popular garden, especially with kids. It included a border of Venus flytraps and pitcher plants, a barbeque on a hydrolic lift, and plant names on biohazard stickers.

Jardin Noir is a garden tribute to film noir. Created by Barbara Lycett Landscape Design, this garden made extensive use of recycled materials, blue-toned plants, and touches of red "to suggest a plot twist!"

The first person that can tell us (in the comments section) what film noir classic the corrugated pipe is an illusion to, will win a copy of Black Plants by Paul Bonine. Hint: it's one of the few film noir done in color.

This is one half of Pillow Talk, a garden designed by Wight's Home & Garden, and inspired by the romantic comedies of Rock Hudson and Doris Day. Hers is full of color and blooming flowers.

While his a low-maintenance container garden, creating depth with varied shades and textures.

No, this isn't the bathroom facilities of the Seattle Convention Center. It's part of Urban Castaways, a garden design by Dakara Landscape Design.

Fun for the whole family, Urban Castaways included sandbox, waterfall, and motorcycle parking space, as well as repurposed lumber and tropical plants suitable to the Northwestern climate.

Designed as a retreat for meditation and quiet conversation, IP Man by TreeLine Designz Internatial, was inspired by the semi-autobiographical film about martial arts grandmaster Yip Man.

Full of bonsai, bamboos, and bulbous plants, this garden is "all green and natural."

And this wouldn't be Hollywood with an ultra-modern hardscape complete with stainless steel spa bath. This garden was "guided by the cornerstones of good film-making: plot, script, sound and lighting," proving elements of good design are the same across all mediums. Garden created by the Washington State Nursery & Landscape Association.

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