Cinematic Themes Tell WSNLA’s Garden Story
The award-winning design duo, Heidi Skievaski and Kryssie Maybay of Sublime Garden Design is teaming up with the Washington State Nursery and Landscaping Association (WSNLA) to create a garden for the 2013 Northwest Flower & Garden Show titled “Living Amongst the Stars – The Garden Takes Center Stage.”
Sublime Landscape Design offers full design services, with a philosophy of creating gardens that promote health and well-being. Owner & designer Heidi Skievaski is a Certified Professional Horticulturist (CPH), and partner Kryssie MayBay is a licensed landscape architect, specializing in hardscapes. Together they create gardens that not only feel good, they are good for you.
Show attendees will undoubtedly remember their 2012 show garden, “The Resonating Sounds of Nature.” It was a crowd favorite with its drums beating to the computerized rhythm of raindrops, and won the People’s Choice Award.
WSNLA is a statewide nursery association representing all facets of the industry. They have been creating lush show gardens since 2002. Their 2012 garden, “Winter’s Come and Gone – A Lullaby,” was a depiction of the classic American folk song designed by Gregory Smaus of Native Root Designs.
The “Living Amongst the Stars” garden will tell a story utilizing the elements and structure of the theater: plot, characters, sound, lighting, dialog, and movement. It aims to be a modern, glamorous Northwest garden that invites the viewer to live outside under the stars, escaping into a different world by entering the garden and embracing a different character.
Sublime and WSNLA are looking far and wide to find some unique elements and introduce them to show goers. There will be a two-person spa called a “Diamond Spa” that is made from stainless steel. These spas are custom made for every customer, so all are one-of-a-kind.
The Stepstone pavers they are using are also new to the region. They are long and narrow and resemble planking, so they give the appearance of decking, and can be set in many different patterns. The narrow modular pavers are the modern brick, but updated with blasted surface details.
One of the great features of the garden show is the opportunity to see so many different products integrated into the fully-built show gardens. You can actually see and feel the products, and get a better idea how they might look in your own garden – something that’s hard to do in a showroom.
The plant selections will be right out of a red-carpet roster. They are looking for all kinds of plants with the word ‘star’ in the name or plants named after real celebrities. Star Jasmine is sure to make an appearance; Audrey Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor and Marilyn Monroe all have roses named after them.
The Northwest Flower & Garden Show is a Mecca for both well-seasoned and new gardeners. It will be held February 20 – 24, 2013 at the Washington State Convention Center. Tickets are on sale now – they would make the perfect Valentine’s gift for your garden-loving sweetie! ~ Janet