If you’ve been on Pinterest, Tumblr, or Instagram recently, you’ll notice one of the biggest trends in the garden world right now is succulents. They’re easy, convenient, and are great for adding some green to small spaces. A lesser known side to these adaptive plants is the ability to weave them together as art tapestries.
We saw it in person at the Northwest Flower & Garden Show in the Association of Professional Landscape Designers’ 2014 Display Garden where colorful succulents overtook each other to create a beautiful carpeted texture. In 2015, we have an exciting living art piece of our own thanks to Robin Stockwell, former owner of Succulent Gardens Nursery.
Robin is no stranger to using sedums as his artwork. For a display in California, he created a globe made completely out of sedums. The oceans and the continents were all planted by hand and grown over a ten month period.
As a Show exclusive, Robin is creating a lavish sedum heart for our “Romance Blossoms” theme this year. It will stand over fourteen feet high! The heart is already planted with 10 different species and possibly over 15,000 individual sedum plants.
He is excited to show Northwest gardeners how to recreate living tapestries in their own gardens. Robin will be speaking about the heart during his NWFGS seminar “A Living Heart Through Succulent Art” at 7:00pm on February 14th.
Viewing the sedum heart piece and Robin’s seminar are completely free with your ticket purchase to the Northwest Flower & Garden Show!
Oh… and feel free to take a “selfie” or two with the heart, it’ll love it. -Courtney
Enjoy this 2011 Display Garden by the Washington State Nursery & Landscape Association! #ThrowbackThursday
With only 158 days until the Northwest Flower & Garden Show, we want to share how we’re bringing the most colorful and vibrant Show yet. We are partnering with Great Plant Picks to add more spring in February with container garden displays that will be scattered around the Show! You’ll want to check the plant tags on these beauties because they’ve gone through a strict standard to be there.
Great Plant Picks (GPP) is a Northwest non-profit organization dedicated to compiling exceptional plants just for the Pacific Northwest. Yep, just for us. They are an incredible resource for Pacific Northwest gardeners because every plant chosen by GPP must be:
- hardy in USDA Zones 7-8
- available from multiple nurseries (Easy to find!)
- simple to grow and maintain
- long-lasting in the garden
- and more rigorous critera
With over 900 plants and counting in the GPP directory, it’s a must to use the Directory search. Photographs and detailed plant information is available to use for anyone. You can search by conditions, plant type, flower color, and even fragrance!
A long time tradition at the Northwest Flower & Garden Show is the debut of the free Great Plant Picks poster. It shows off the latest and greatest plants chosen by the GPP committee. The past few years were themed with sun-loving plants, “Made in the Shade” for shade gardens, and aromatic plants in”Plants That Make Scents.”
The 2015 poster theme will be “Celebrate Spring” with flowers and foliage outstanding in the springtime. Pick one up at the Show to brighten your wall and your garden. Keep an eye out, you may see some of these spring themed plants in the GPP containers.
You won’t want to miss one of the supervisors of GPP, Richie Steffen speaking Sunday the 15th at 4:15 pm on “Great Plant Picks: Making the Best Spring Garden.” Get inspired by the Great Plant Picks spring container gardens when you make your visit to the 2015 Northwest Flower & Garden Show, February 11th-15th. See Richie’s seminar on Sunday and stop by their booth for your free GPP poster for the year too!
Do you have a hard time keeping track of all the lovely garden events we have going on? Well, thanks to the Northwest Flower & Garden Show, we’re about to make it a lot easier for you!
Introducing “Calendirt,” the exclusive event calendar for all things gardening and garden related in the Puget Sound. It’s the best way to keep track of every garden tour, plant sale, lecture, and classes in the area. Year-round events are provided by NWFGS Exhibitors, Garden Creators, and Sponsors.
There’s no need to scour tons of websites or emails to find something interesting to do… we do the heavy work for you! You just head over to calendirt.com and plan your day, week, or month with it. Click on the title of an event you’re interested in and we’ll have all the details, contact information, mapping location, and more.
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.