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Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Glimpses of NWFGS 2016

This year, the Northwest Flower and Garden Show's theme was 'America the Beautiful'.
Twenty Display Gardens gave gardeners an inspiration and lots of ideas to introduce in their own gardens.
These are some pictures of several Display Gardens.
Some gardens have less pictures than others. It's not because I liked them less, but because 
 it was difficult to take decent shots among dozens of  the Show's guests. 

 From 'Sea to Shining Sea' 
had two parts, two gardens - 
Nantucket, MA (Created by Susan Browne Landscape Design; Designer Susan Browne) 
and Coupeville, WA (Created by Fancy Plants Gardens, Inc.; Designer James Sprague)

Source: NWFGS 

Take-home ideas: Locally hardy, low maintenance and hardy plant material, 
patterned brick walkway creates courtyard, enticing paver walkway. 


A Room With A 'Garden' View
(Created by English Landscapes Group, Designer Jon Crouch)

Inspired by the city of Seattle

 The pergola was constructed using only wooden pegs.

 I'd trade all my slugs for this one!

Take-home ideas: Utilizing the long distance view to frame elements

Mountains and Rivers Without End
(Created by Holloway Habitats Garden Design and Installation, 
Designers Jumanji Oliana, Sarah Wallace, Jesse Jennings). 
Silver Medal

Take-home ideas: Using reclaimed materials, 'bog' as a mini-watershed collecting run-off.

The Hoh: America's Rain Forest
(Created by Washington Park Arboretum, 
Designers Phil Wood and Bob Lilly)
Gold Medal

Take-home ideas: 'Nurse logs' serve as 'nurseries' for seedlings, moss, fungus and other organisms.
 For our family, it's easy to visit  two rainforests on the Olympic Peninsula which 
are only a 4 hour drive from Seattle.
I found a couple of my old posts with pictures (Welcome to the WonderlandRainforest Magic).

 A Tribute To Hole 12 At Augusta
(Created by Terra Farma Hardscapes, LLC, Windmill Gardens, Marenakos Rock Center; 
Designer Lloyd Glasscock)

Take-home ideas: A tranquil setting that also offers year round family fun.

Southwest Serenity
(Created and designed by the Staff at West Seattle Nursery)
Silver Medal

Inspired by National Parks in the Southwest

Take-home ideas: Stone features in a variety of hues and textures; plantings as sculptural accents.

The Tiny Tetons
(Created by Nature Perfect Landscape and Design, The Barn Nursery; 
Designed by Nature Perfect Landscape and Design)
Gold Medal

This great picture was taken by Peter, The Outlaw Gardener
Thank you Peter!

Inspired by Wyoming's Grand Teton National Park

Take-home ideas: Varying elevations of boulders, specimen trees and drought-resistant wild flowers and grasses within the garden creating visual depth.

Park It In Your Own Backyard
(Created by Dakara Landscape Design; Designer Natasha Schwartz)
Silver Medal

Inspired by Mount Rainier National Park

Take-home ideas: A rich variety of plant material grown here in the Pacific Northwest.

Some stunning containers:


And last, but not least, several shots of the presentation by Barbara Wise and Nicholas Staddon
'Happy Together: Compatible Container Combos From Garden Show Shopping:


Take-home ideas are listed as shown on   NWFGS official website.
More Display Gardens to follow

***Copyright 2016 TatyanaS


  1. Great inspiration garden. I am delighted with the second proposition. Exit the room millet flower is a wonderful sight. Regards.

  2. Great views of the show! Your photos always make me feel as it I was there. Those are the first closeup views of the nice mosaic pieces I've seen too.
    Good takeaway ideas.

  3. So many colorful and inspirational garden show pictures. They definitely cheer me up on another rainy winterday.
    Regards, Janneke

  4. Your home and garden show always looks more impressive than ours. I haven't actually gone to ours for a few years, but I should go back. I particularly like the mosaic kitty in one of your displays. So cute!

  5. Thanks for sharing your photos! I didn't make it to the show this year, so I really appreciate everyone who posts about it. That mosaic kitty is so cute.

  6. You saw some things I missed! Thank you for the memories of this fun show which, for me, marks the beginning of a new gardening season as much as hellebores and snowdrops.

  7. Maybe I can go next year. Thank you for the wonderful photos!

  8. I love seeing the creativity that comes out of this show...thanks for sharing!

  9. Lovely! Seems like that's the garden show of all garden shows! Thanks for sharing some of the highlights!

  10. Thank you everyone for your comments!

  11. Thank you everyone for your comments!

  12. So refreshing to see some creativity at a F&G show. I attended one earlier this month and all of the landscapes were about selling paving, decking, outdoor kitchens and hot tubs. The plants that surrounded these displays lacked imaginations, and any flowers were identical to the potted blooms you find at the grocery store.

  13. The work that goes into these show gardens is just incredible. A joy to see your picture tour.

  14. So much inspiration; I like the garden with the mosaic kitty and slug the best!

  15. They are such beautiful garden landscape exhibits, i can't imagine the cost of producing one. There were 2 shows here since January, but haven't seen them for the first time in several years coz i was sick. The exhibits here now become smaller because a lot of plants die on the process, very stressful for the plants due to hot weather. I can understand that, but if only we have cooler climates then bigger and wider landscape exhibits can also be done.


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