It was a beautiful year at the 2015 Northwest Flower & Garden Show. For some, it was even award-winning beautiful. On top of the standard gold, silver, and bronze medals given to the Display Gardens, there are 12 additional awards each with their own set of judges. Here are the awards for the 2015 Display Gardens.
“Over the Moon” by the Association of Professional Landscape Designers.
Winners of: gold medal and the Founder’s Cup – best in show.
“Pining Over Yew—A Love for Every Season” by Oliana Gardening.
Winners of: gold medal and the American Horticultural Society Environmental Award – for skillful design and incorporating environmental stewardship.
“Birds Do It…Bees Do It…” by West Seattle Nursery.
Winners of: gold medal, Pacific Horticulture Magazine Award, South Sound Magazine Award – most eye-catching, breathtaking and interesting, and the Fred Palmer Exhibitor Award – voted the most accomplished by fellow garden creators.
“Step by Step, Side by Side” by Treeline Designz.
Winners of: silver medal and the “X-Factor Award” – garden that best captures the imagination of the next generation of garden designers, judged by recent horticulture programs graduates.
“A Garden Built With Love” by Adam Gorski Landscapes.
Winners of: gold medal, the Fine Gardening Award and the Best Use of Show Theme Award - judged by board members from the Greater Seattle Romance Writers of America.
“Knotty & Nice…Here’s to WE time” by Karen Stefonick Design.
Winners of: gold medal, the Sunset Western Living Award, and the 425 Magazine Editors’ Choice Award.
“The Romance of Steampunk” by Whitby Landcare & Design.
Winners of: silver medal and the Ethel Moss People’s Choice award.
“Picture Yourself on Azalea Way” by the Arboretum Foundation.
Winners of: bronze medal and the Golden Palette Award – Judged by regional horticulture experts.
Gold medals –
- “Love the Space You’re In” by Susan Browne Landscape Design.
- “Lettre d’ Amorchid” by the Northwest Orchid Society.
- “Rekindled Rendezvous” by McAuliffe’s Valley Nursery.
Silver medals –
- “Romantic Folly” by Pamela Richards Garden Design.
- “A Moment to Remember” by Nature Perfect Landscaping.
- “A Bi-O-Cycle Built for Two” by Evergreen Landsacaping & Ponds.
- “The Root of True Romance: Beautiful Chaos…Love, Art, Nature” by Elandan Gardens.
- “Three Phases of Love…Young, Passionate, Forever” by the Washington Association of Landscape Professionals.
Bronze medals –
- “Will You?” by Fancy Plants Gardens.
- “A Woodland Nymph’s Dream” by The Grounds Professionals.
- “Giovanni’s Grotto” by Dakara Landscape Design.
Congratulations to all of these winners for their months of hard work and effort. Looks like it paid off! Stay tuned to the Garden Show Blog for more awards from our Floral Competition, Exhibitor displays and City Living displays.
In the meantime, keep track of the Northwest Flower & Garden Show for year-round inspiration on our Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest. -Courtney
Interested in using fresh ingredients from your garden right to your dinner table? Here’s the seminars for you.
As a gardener, you can be a great canner because you understand the value of well-grown produce. All you need are some solid canning skills and you can “put-up” seasonal food that is locally sourced, organic, GMO-free, delicious and available year round! Theresa Loe will show you how.
Pacific Horticulture magazine editor Lorene Edwards Forkner will extract, infuse and mix things up with garden-based shrubs, tisanes, and punches right in front of you while teaching you how.
Learn how to make cheese using farm fresh ingredients — with no complex or hard-to-find ingredients, and little prep time with Claudia Lucero, owner of Urban Cheese Craft.
Beth Evans Ramos shares her boozy beverages created with herbs & lots of organic garden ingredients. Tipsy twists on classic cocktails, plus all new Mama Beth original recipes. It’s a happy hour brimming with gardening, bartending, herbal medicine, and delectable drinks.
Something as big as the Northwest Flower & Garden Show is not an easy undertaking, by any means. The gardens are almost always jawdropping, but it’s the foundation that’s important. That’s why we partner with notable local businesses to help supply those foundations.
Since pretty much the beginning, Marenakos Rock Center & Sawdust Supply have sponsored the Northwest Flower & Garden Show.
Marenakos Rock Center is willing to provide our garden creators with whatever rock they need for their creations to come to life. They are onsite every day of building with trucks, cranes, and manpower. Bill, Scott, and Jan from Marenakos may only deal in stones, but that makes them ever so important to the functioning of this Show.
To create the illusion of a real garden, the gardens create retaining walls to ‘build earth.’ Sawdust Supply is in every NWFGS garden providing that ‘earth’ in the form of mulch and sawdust. Without them, well… it’d be just a pile of plants. Sawdust and occasionally wood pallets are used as the base layer to every Display Garden because it is cost-effective. Mulch is then piled on last to hide plant pots in the displays. The finished product is what you see when you come to the Show!
Even though they aren’t real balconies, a small space dweller will definitely be inspired by our City Living displays. Overlooking Pike Street in downtown Seattle, these little spaces will hold tons of ideas for your own personal porch. A balcony vignette will be created with Mutual Materials blocks and walls from Ballard Reuse. Make sure to stop by Ballard Reuse’s booth at the Show to see what other great things they will bring (Booth #2626).
Our new charity event called “Garden Wars” will feature local celebrities battling it out in their own 10ft by 10ft space to win for their chosen charity. To build the gardens we’ll definitely need plants, so thank goodness for Sky Nursery who will be loaning us a wide selection of colorful selections for our contestants. Mulch provided by Sawdust Supply, rocks and retaining walls will be provided by Marenakos Rock Center and Mutual Materials (also sponsoring the Display Gardens & City Living), while all of the necessary tools will be on loan to us from Corona Tools!
The Northwest Flower & Garden Show wouldn’t be possible without all these little details provided by our sponsors. Make sure to stop by their websites or booths at the Show to see more of the products they provide. Thank you again! -Courtney
Here’s a sampling of our 2015 Seminar series Productive Landscapes: Edible Gardening and Urban Farming.
Tomatoes, potatoes, and general edible gardening!
Danielle Sherry (a new speaker to NWFGS this year) will show you how to produce plenty of taters in only 4 ft. of space using a potato tower. Yes, it’s a real thing!
If tomatoes are a mystery to you, Craig LeHoullier can change you into an expert. He will share decades of tomato-growing experience to broaden your tastes and growing habits.
Leslie Bennett & Stefani Bittner know that veggie gardens don’t have to be ugly. Garden to table without sacrificing the beauty a garden can provide.
Diabetes is an ever-present problem for some people. It doesn’t have to be a challenge to manage though. Robin Haglund will share tips, tricks, and plenty of diabetes-friendly recipes from the garden.
If you only have a balcony or porch to grow on, Andrea Bellamy, Stacy Davison, and Shawna Coronado can teach you the ways of gardening in containers, towers, and other tiny spaces. Also speaking on edible gardening is Brian Minter and Graham Kerr.
Gardening 101: Country Animals and City Gardens – February 14th at 1:00 PM
Many gardeners are realizing the healthiest garden systems emulate nature, and include animals. They are taking the next step beyond vegetable gardens to incorporate chickens, bees, and even goats into their gardens. Animals and plants have specific relationships & needs, in order to thrive and be productive together. Lacia Lynne Bailey, Robin Haglund and Jessi Bloom will teach the basics of how to beautifully incorporate these increasingly popular small animals into home landscapes.
Basic Goat Keeping for Urban and Suburban Homes – Lacia Lynne Bailey
What the Cluck? Getting Started on Keeping Chickens - Jessica Bloom
Bring Beneficial Bees into Your Backyard – Robin Haglund
These seminars are free, and the advice you’ll get is invaluable. Take advantage of the knowledge these pros will provide by going to the 2015 Northwest Flower & Garden Show. Buy tickets now! -Courtney
Our premier partner and sponsor, Subaru of America Inc., is not just another car company. From “The Subaru Love Promise” to being a leader in environmental initiatives, it’s safe to say Subaru has a passion for making the world a better place. Attendees of the 2015 Northwest Flower & Garden Show will be able to see this commitment firsthand, since Subaru will have two exciting and interactive displays at the Show!
Enter through the South Lobby to get your tree hugger on! Subaru is providing an opportunity for photos in the tree hugger display to share the love with friends and family. Photographs will be taken every day of the Show from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm on Wednesday the 11th- Saturday the 14th, and from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm on Sunday the 15th.
Subaru will also have the brand new 2015 Subaru Forester on display with a product specialist on-site to answer questions. Ask about the Partial Zero Emissions Vehicles (PZEV), or even the incredible safety and technology features.
The second display on the Skybridge embraces the Show’s theme with its “Love Takes Flight” garden. Learn about bird migration and how birds communicate with each other (in partnership with Cornell Lab). Check out various birdhouses on display and pick up a DIY project card to learn how to make your own birdhouse. The 2015 Subaru Outback joins in on the fun too.
Another bonus? Subaru owners can show off their key and receive a special thank you gift at the Skybridge.
Like I said above, Subaru is not just another car company. They support causes like animals, the environment, education, community, and health. Read more about these diverse organizations in the Subaru Love Promise. Plus, Subaru partners with and sponsors a wide range of organizations, like the Northwest Flower & Garden Show. Share the Subaru love this year at the Show… who knows, maybe you’ll fall in love with Subaru like we have. -Courtney
Think you know something about this year’s Northwest Flower & Garden Show? Prove it! Join in on our upcoming 5 day giveaway for your chance to win two tickets to the 2015 NWFGS. Starting tomorrow, January 26th, we will be posting one simple trivia question of the day.
Each day will have a unique question with a link posted on our Facebook and Twitter. A few questions have hints, a few just require some lucky guessing. All you need to do is enter your answer to the question and then your email address (so we can send you your tickets if you win).
It will be related to this year’s Northwest Flower & Garden Show, so make sure you use our website and Garden Show Blog as a good resource. You can only answer it for that day, so enter quickly! We will pick one winner per question, per day.
This is a limited time opportunity, and probably one of the last times to win free tickets from us, so take advantage of it. Going to the Northwest Flower & Garden Show is an amazing experience; it’s even better when it’s free. May the odds be every in your favor! -Courtney
One of the most important topics covered at the Northwest Flower & Garden Show is our seminar category number five, called Simple Sustainability: Practicing Permaculture and Organic Gardening. If you’re looking for expert resources in fertilizers, resourceful gardening, and pesticides, look no further.
Jessi Bloom & Dave Boehnlein have just release a new book titled Practical Permaculture for Home Landscapes, Your Community, and the Whole Earth (Timber Press, $24.95). Combining an ecological expert and a permaculture expert will net you this amazing seminar. And yes, they will be signing their new book after!
With over twenty years experience on plant and insect testing, Doctor Jeff Gillman will use his research from Fine Gardening to tell you which home remedies actually work, and which are just fads.
C.L. Fornari will provide a down-and-dirty talk to help gardeners sort through the gardening folklore passed through the ages (and how new research could change those) and hype surrounding plants, practices and products.
Many gardeners learn about gardening the old-fashioned way — sharing tales with fellow gardeners. Countless myths persist, and not all are good garden practice. Find out what you should and shouldn’t be doing to maintain a healthy organic garden. Our myth-busters will share which organic gardening methods are good or bad, and why. Dr. Linda Chalker-Scott will give you the dirt on mulches and soil amendments; C.L. Fornari shares plant-specific myths, and Dr. Jeff Gillman sheds light on fertilizers and pesticides.
It may seem easy to create spring, but some attendees of the Northwest Flower & Garden Show don’t realize just how much hard work goes into the full scale display gardens. Planning begins eight months prior. Along with many forms and deadlines to worry about, some plants are forced into bloom early to give that magical effect of Spring in February. Let’s just say nature doesn’t always cooperate. Another huge thing is all of these full scale gardens must be built in approximately 72 hours and torn down in 36 hours. All at the same time. Crazy, right?
And somehow they all manage to look amazing.
Here’s a look at three more of our 2015 Display Gardens.
Oh boy, do I love an Italian themed garden. Dakara Landscape Design is creating an Italian grotto for a hideaway romantic garden. The plant material will be Mediterranean, yet still able to survive the Pacific Northwest climate. It will be a small, colorful space with a water feature and sitting areas. Let the love bloom!
A ‘Bi-O-Cycle’ Built for Two
Here’s an idea… use ponds as an art piece! Evergreen Landscaping & Ponds is coming back for their second Northwest Flower & Garden Show using two ponds in the shape of bicycle wheels and hearts. The ponds will include running waterfalls while the “bicycle frame” is created with natural tree branches. Tree stumps, ferns, ground covers, flowers and moss will surround the ponds to create a mature look.
The Root of True Romance
Beautiful Chaos: Love, Art, Nature
Elandan Gardens has designed at the Northwest Flower & Garden Show for many, many years. Every garden they produce has a distinct style: natural and grand. This year’s garden will be no different. A waterfall among large granite boulders, native plants, recycled wood, and a sculpted bench for sitting under a snag will set the lovely scene. There’s also a “pool of red tulips,” just in time for Valentine’s Day. Nature is the root of true romance in this garden.
Get inspired this year by our full scale Display Gardens. You can walk up to every garden to see, smell, and touch away. Get personal with the plants. All it takes is a ticket in! -Courtney