Each Garden Show brings us an opportunity to select three prestigious individuals from the horticulture industry to come together and award the Medal Awards to each show garden, to vote on the coveted Founder’s Cup Award (Best in Show), and to determine the American Horticulture Society Environmental Award winner.
If you haven’t heard of her yet, you should get to know New York Times garden columnist Anne Raver. She has been writing about the horticulture industry for easily 25 years. Anne currently lives in Maryland writing for the Times, County Gardens, and Landscape Architecture, all while tending to organic hayfields and native grasses that help to clean the Bay. Garden Rant categorizes her as an ‘Unusually Clever Person’ and writes:
“Anne spoke … about “Great Gardens I Remember” and it turns out that her choices are far from what you might expect – the word “great” conjuring up gardens about as relevant to 21st Century gardeners as Versailles.” (Article by Susan Harris, Garden Rant)
She’s written about former Show Judges Duncan Brine and Wayne Winterrowd. Anne’s also shown some Seattle love (yay!) with a feature on Gas Works Park and another on the garden of NWFGS speaker Dan Hinkley. I bet you a tomato she’s going to enjoy the eclectic, romantic Display Gardens of 2015.
Troy B. Marden
Next up is Troy B. Marden.
At the age of just 15, he landed his first garden design project and hasn’t stopped since. Along with being a ‘garden coach’ to clients in the Tennessee area, he hosts a local PBS show called “Volunteer Gardener” that features local experts, upcoming garden events, recipes, visits to private gardens, and more. Another notable talent of Troy’s is his photography. A scan of his Facebook page will cheer up a gloomy day (unless you get jealous from all of the gorgeous photos of him traveling).
His recent book “Plant This Instead!“ is acclaimed to help gardeners make plant choices that result in better-performing, better-looking gardens, e.g. resistant to pests and diseases, less aggressive, less effort. I like that concept… don’t you?
Last but certainly not least is Linda Engstrom, former International APLD President and owner of Garden Aesthetics. Linda started on the East Coast, but has been living and gardening in Oregon since ’73. Some intriguing facts about her are that she:
- owns a Portland vineyard called Cloudrest Vineyards and has since 1984
- has toured gardens around the world (including Siberia, brrrr!)
- studied under famed English Designer and author John Brookes.
As of this year, she has retired from full time design, and instead is focusing on classes and sketching. She writes on her website:
“I feel strongly that we need more than ever to emphasize regionalism and the natural environment… to create gardens with a ‘sense of place’, and to encourage a philosophy that every landscape on our earth is unique.”
Our three Show Judges will also be speakers in our NWFGS Seminar Series. Your ticket to the Show includes these Seminars free! With 201 days left, we are excited for these creative and diverse gardeners to be involved in one of the biggest Flower & Garden Shows in the world. Make sure you join them! -Courtney
You might discover who…
- often wears a kilt
- found love working for the Northwest Flower & Garden Show (aww!)
- started out as roommates together at Washington State University
- suggests they might find huge vehicles and a dog if they mow their lawn (kidding, we hope!)
- is secretly a Husky fan in an office of Cougars
Our staff is one of the best around; it’s how we successfully put together one of the largest flower & garden shows in the world.
It’s the best time of the season and the best time of the year to be outside! We know you’re gonna need some weekend plans to look forward to, so here’s a taste of what’s going on in the Seattle area.
Saturday July 12, 2014 from 10am to 4pm. Tickets are available on Seattle Tilth’s event page.
As an event that’s been around for over ten years, this is your chance to experience Seattle as a national hot spot for chicken coops and urban farms. This self-guided tour will demonstrate simple and extravagant housing ideas for chickens, goats, ducks, mason bees, honey bees, and bunnies at 25 sites located all over Seattle. It is a must see.
Saturday July 12, 2014 from 10am to 4pm. Admission is free!
Explore the internationally known garden, shop from select local nurseries (including a past NWFGS garden creator, Fancy Fronds), enjoy lectures by renowned NWFGS speakers Dan Hinkley and Richie Steffen, and explore offerings from local tribal artisans. A $10 donation is suggested for touring the garden.
Saturday July 12th, 2014 from 10am to 11:30am. Class space is still open!
Want to learn a quick and gorgeous way to draw your garden? “Everyone can be successful with this method of ink drawing and watercolor,” meaning no drawing experience is necessary! All materials are included for you, so no need to go out and buy a ton of fancy pens.
So you know what you’re doing this Saturday, right? Get out there and make the most of your gardening adventures. ~Courtney
Each year, the Northwest Flower & Garden Show brings attendees hundreds of new ideas, creativity, and resources. We are always brainstorming new content for you. In order to encourage more blending of realism and floral fantasy, a theme is chosen every year. The Show garden creators are highly encouraged to interpret and follow the theme in their own unique ways.
Since 2011, there have been four distinct themes at the Show.
It started with “Once Upon a Time… Spectacular Gardens with Stories to Tell.” Literary inspirations for a few Display Gardens sparked from Alice in Wonderland, Rapunzel, and Henry David Thoreau.
The Show filled with harps, drumsets, pianos, and plenty of live music for a “Floral Symphony, Gardens Take Note.” in 2012. Some garden creators designed for specific music styles, while others relied on the art of composition and the soothing sounds of nature.
We had Hollywood here for the Show’s 25th silver anniversary “The Silver Screen takes root… Gardens go Hollywood.” Classics like “Star Wars” to Audrey Hepburn’s “Roman Holiday”, “Alien” to “Jurassic Park” appeared that year. There was something for everyone to enjoy.
This year’s theme was “Art in Bloom.” Glass blowing, art studios, fine art pieces, video games, and actual local artists all played a part in contributing to the theme. Gardening is an art form anyway, right?
In preparation of the 2015 Northwest Flower & Garden Show, the secret we’ve been waiting to spill is here. We think you’re going to love the theme next year. It is “Romance Blossoms” after all!
Clear your calendar for February 11-15th, 2015, because this Northwest Flower & Garden Show is shaping up to be a fantastic one. We are excited to see the charming and cuddly ideas our garden creators will come up with.
You won’t want to miss the inside scoop, so follow our Blog, Facebook, and Twitter for Show updates, community events, and trusted resources. Our Instagram, Pinterest, and Tumblr will also be brimming with behind the scene photos and lovable (ha!) ideas.
This February, you are going to fall in love with more than just your sweetheart. ~Courtney
Courtney J. Goetz still remembers her first Northwest Flower & Garden Show. It was 2004, and she wasn’t simply attending the show along with 65,000 other avid gardeners — she was helping her mother, Gig Harbor garden designer Sue Goetz, install her first display garden that year.
The cacophony of sounds, the beehive-like activity and the heady smells of compost and fragrant flowers – pure organized chaos – made a real impression on Courtney. She loved the camaraderie with countless ‘plant people’ laboring for 72 intense hours to install fully-landscaped gardens. This was way better than summer camp. Her experience got her hooked on a future career in the horticulture industry. Nearly every year for the past ten years she’s returned to the show for move-in to help Sue or assist in some other way. She has, quite literally, grown up with the show.
In 2011 Courtney took on her very own display garden – for her high school senior project! “Paradise (to be) Regained,” was full of ‘upcycled’ items: short gabion columns filled with wine bottles and old radiators signaled the entry into the garden and drainage grates became a checkerboard patio with steppable plants. In the center of it all, an old shipping container became the perfect garden shed, topped by a greenhouse fashioned from old glass doors. Courtney’s garden earned her an “A” on her school project, a Gold Medal from the show judges, and the prestigious Sunset Western Living Award. It was a garden that showed what can be achieved by some creative ingenuity combined with dogged flea market shopping.
This past February Courtney teamed with her mom as a co-creator of another garden, “The Art of Retreat: Two Generations Define Their Own Garden Studios.” Two gardens, similar but different, sat side-by-side, each reflecting the designer’s individual style: one edgy and plugged-in (that would be Courtney), the other serenely botanical and unplugged (that would be Sue). It won a Gold Medal, the Fine Gardening Award, the Sunset Western Living Award and the American Horticultural Society Award.
Now Courtney has a new role at the garden show, as the voice behind #NWFGS on all the show’s social media: The Garden Show Blog, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram. She will not only bring a wonderful enthusiasm about the show, but she’ll be sharing stories about the show’s many designers, speakers, exhibitors and special features from a real insider’s perspective, keeping you up-to-date with show news as the anticipation builds.
Please join all of us on the Northwest Flower & Garden Show team welcoming Courtney as the new Social Media Manager. She’ll keep you connected with all of our planning (it’s already shaping up to be an amazing show!) and you might just win some free tickets too. Oh, and be sure to mark your calendars for February 11 – 15, 2015, as the Northwest Flower & Garden Show brings you . . . well, I’ll just let Courtney tell you all about our 2015 show theme in her first Garden Show Blog tomorrow. ~ Janet
We were inspired and overwhelmed by the amazing talent within the 2014 Northwest Flower & Garden Show Small Space Showcase. Each 6′ by 8′ display gave gardeners, apartment renters, condo dwellers and home owners new ideas and perspectives to consider in the garden. The best part of the Small Space Showcase is that these ideas, big or small, can be incorporated into whatever size garden or area you have. Don’t let the main display gardens overwhelm you if you only have a small lanai to work with! Enjoy a look back at the gorgeous displays and several winners among them to find new ideas for your small space in 2014.