Besides the amazing show gardens there were 2 additional gardens to inspire garden enthusiasts at the 2014 Northwest Flower & Garden Show. These two displays created by Subaru not only showed off the All-new Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid, but brought new technology to gardening. The fantastic sky bridge display, “Native Renaissance,” brought natural elements, reused materials and water creating a backdrop for daily demos and photos. This area was a main thoroughfare of the show and opened Gardener’s eyes to new battery-operated lawn equipment.
The second display in the south lobby, “The New Art of Camping- Foraging In Nature’s Garden,” was equally as impressive and demonstrated how to always use nature to your advantage. We hope you made time to see what’s new in gardening technology, charge your phone while enjoying the display and gear up to get back to nature with #Subarugardens!
South Lobby Display
“The New Art of Camping- Foraging In Nature’s Garden.”
With over 90 speakers at the 2014 Northwest Flower & Garden Show, deciding which seminars to attend can be fairly daunting. Here’s a quick break down to help both new and old show goers decide which seminars may be most beneficial to them.
Gardening 101 (5 topics, 3 speakers day) Start Spring and your new garden on the right foot!
- Form foliage & flowers – Riz Reyes, Richie Steffen & Debra Prinzing
- Misery loves company – Marianne Binetti, Greg Butler & Ciscoe Morris
- Success with shade – Susie Egan, Nicholas Staddon & Marty Wingate
- Your best edible garden – Willi Galloway, Bill Thorness, & Colin McCrate
- Maintenance made easy – Meghan Fuller, Ladd Smith & Christina Pfeiffer
Garden to Table Cooking Series – Two seminars every day on the DIY Stage:
- Erica Strauss
- Theresa Loe
- Coryanne Ettiene
- Willi Galloway
- Beth Evans Ramos
- Alexandra Hedin
Creating an edible garden that’s beautiful and productive:
- Leslie Bennett & Stefani Bittner
- Teresa O’Connor
- Niki Jabbour
- Senga Lindsay
- Carolyn Herriott
- Senga Lindsay
- Jessi Bloom
- Graham Kerr
- Dee Nash
Canadians appearing on our stages:
- Brian Minter
- Niki Jabbour
- Miriam Goldberger
- Carolyn Herriott
- Senga Lindsay
- Douglas Justice
- Julie Moir Messervy
- Michelle Gervais
- Jan Johnson
- Lucy Hardiman
- Rebecca Sweet
- Brian Minter
- Dee Nash
- Vanessa Gardener Nagle
- Phil Wood
Design + Sustainability
- Nan Sterman
- John Albers & David Perry
- Duncan Brine
- Mike Vowels
- Dan Hinkley
- Dan Heims
- Sue Milliken & Kelly Dodson
- Nicholas Staddon
- Richie Steffen
- Janine Anderson
- Debra Lee Baldwin
- Christopher Brookes & Ray Gray
- Jim Fox
- Miriam Goldberger
Gardening 101 on Sunday (maintenance)
- Meghan Fuller
- Ladd Smith
- Christina Pfeiffer
- Kylee Baumle & Jenny Peterson
- Christina Salwitz
- Karen Chapman
- Dee Nash
- Linda Larson
- Janit Calvo – Miniature gardens
- Mary Flewelling Morris – travel
- Linda Larson – travel
- Robin Haglund – gardening against diabetes
- David Mizejewski
- Cole Burrell
- Jim Ullrich
The Northwest Flower & Garden Show is looking forward to another great year with our premier sponsor Subaru. Along with their two amazing displays, they’re bringing the highly anticipated all-new 2014 XV Crosstrek Hybrid and will inspire show goers to take “Art in Bloom” into their own lives. Along with the more than 20 display gardens, there will be plenty of inspiration and new innovation to get you geared up for 2014. Don’t forget to pick up your coupon at the door for an heirloom seed pack compliments of Subaru! Stop by the Subaru Sky Bridge display to redeem, while supplies last!
The Sky Bridge Subaru display will feature messages of a simpler life. Reserving nature’s resources to water a heirloom garden in the Subaru display through the use of an artful rainwater collection system. A great idea for all Northwest Gardener’s and enthusiasts to reuse our precious resources of our abundant rain. This art piece will also serve as art in motion piece, as copper wheels turn to feed the garden below. It will be a visual to keep eyes on the Subaru display which incorporates the 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid.
Join Subaru each day from 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 pm at the Subaru display on the Sky Bridge and check out a special presentation from Joe Lamp’l the Executive Producer and Host of the award-winning national PBS series, Growing a Greener World® with a special presentation: #SubaruHybrid presents: The Hi-Tech Garden (The art of using technology & social media to grow your garden and garden network.) There will be a prize giveaway at every presentation session so you won’t want to miss these great daily events.
Subaru’s lobby display for 2014 features “The New Art of Camping– Foraging in Nature’s Garden”. The All-New Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid joins new-age campers that have learned the, “New Art of Camping” utilizing the power of nature to cook, sterilize water, charge their mobile devices while researching on their solar-powered mobile devices. Northwest Flower & Garden Show patrons will be able to see the ins and outs of this amazing new vehicle for themselves at the show. This is an ELEVATED experience not to be missed!
Low on juice! Charge up!
Visit the Subaru booth in the South Lobby to get your phone charged and get charged up with the All-New 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid. Learn more about the XV Crosstrek Hybrid here: www.subaru.com/vehicles/xv-crosstrek.
Don’t have tickets for the show yet? Le Fleur, the official show flower of the Northwest Flower & Garden Show, is traveling the county in his brand new Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid that he received from his friends at Subaru! Be sure to follow Le Fleur on Twitter (@lefleur_rdtrip) as he makes his way from coast to coast. He began his adventure in New York and will make 10 more stops before he reaches Seattle and the Northwest Flower & Garden Show. Follow along, guess where he’ll be next, and you could win tickets! Use the hashtag #subaruhybrid and join the conversation. Click here to follow his journey.
Recycling, reusing, repurposing… it’s not just a fad. It’s a way to life for some garden designers who strive to breathe a second life into an unimaginable array of ‘stuff.’ Someday perhaps our landfills will disappear, as everyone catches on and reuses their stuff in new and exciting ways in their homes and gardens.
Here are a few ideas from past Northwest Flower & Garden Show display gardens and container exhibition (now called the ‘Small Space Showcase’) that will spark your own creativity to reuse and repurpose items that might be destined for the dumpster.
(Above) Pamela Richards settled an old vintage bed into her black and white garden she created for the 2005 garden show.
In 2009 Adam Gorski Landscapes used an old white table and two fire engine red 50’s style chairs to go with the shiny red of a vintage Mustang and a red coral back maple.
Exteriorscapes planted this classic claw-foot tub, put it in front of some used windows and set it on a checkerboard pebble mosaic, with a planted chair and rug for a cozy washroom scene in the 2010 garden show.
Christianson’s Nursery always excels in creating the nostalgic look. Here their 2011 garden was reminiscent of family nurseries of yesteryear, with a barn built with old weathered wood.
Courtney Goetz of the Creative Gardener designed these gabion walls in the entry to her 2011 garden, using old wire, wine bottles and topping them with street covers.
Another scene from Courtney’s 2011 garden, where an old shipping container serves as a garden house, topped with a greenhouse made from old window doors.
DIG Floral & Garden used old crates to make the containers in their container garden at the 2011 show. We’ll never go back to boring plastic pots again.
Molbak’s created this greenhouse using vintage windows in funky colors for their 2011 container garden on the sky bridge.
More recycled materials in another garden by Pamela Richards, where she combined an old rusted screen as a backdrop that blends perfectly with the rusty antique bench.
For their 2011 container garden, Windmill Gardens planted their container garden by recycling metal containers and wood, and maybe even an old gardener!
Likewise, in 2012 Artisans Cottage brought in many kinds of repurposed items to create an old-fashioned vignette. ‘Mother Earth’ was popular with show attendees as she took a break from her gardening activities.
In 2012 Artistic Garden Concepts designed a lush garden with a romantic setting, using an old pallet with wooden legs for a candlelight dinner. Do try this at home.
Tumwater’s Black Hills High School students found use for these lovely rusted old wheels (probably made well before they were born) for their ‘Funky Junk” garden at the 2012 show.
This container garden by Ravenna Gardens shows that any old glass container can be turned into a beautiful terrarium – the ultimate easy care garden for inside or outdoors.
Even old pianos can have a new life with their top planted, as shown by the imaginative people at Sunnyside Nursery.
Lovers of all things vintage will love to know we’ll have a Vintage Garden Market at this year’s show. We’re bringing in a dozen of the top vintage/antique vendors from around the state and putting them together in the North Hall for a fabulous shabby chic ‘flea market.’
The Northwest Flower & Garden Show, to be held February 20 – 24 at the Washington State Convention Center, will feature 23 amazing show gardens plus 16 Small Space Showcase gardens. Designers are putting on their finishing touches, and you are sure to see a lot more imaginative ideas for recycling and repurposing. Don’t miss it! ~ Janet
A wise creature says, “Not to a galaxy have you gone, but in a garden are you.”
If this sounded familiar, then you are most likely a fan of Star Wars, and the convoluted (but so wise) utterances of the Grand Master Yoda. So is garden designer Gregory Smaus, CPH, owner of Native Root Designs. Native Root Designs is an all organic, 5-star Envirostar landscape contractor in Seattle. Gregory designed the 2012 garden for the Washington State Nursery & Landscape Association (WSNLA), titled “Winter’s Come & Gone – a Lullaby.”
For his show garden at the 2013 Northwest Flower & Garden Show, Gregory is drawing inspiration from the Star Wars trilogy for a garden titled “In a Garden Far, Far Away.”
But fortunately the garden is not modeled after the barren sand dunes on Tatooine. Rather it’s a rebellion of a different sort – a food rebellion. It will be an ‘edible forest garden,’ and designed to work with the natural environment, not against it.
The edible forest garden concept will be a great way for you to discover how to incorporate edibles – and an edible garden doesn’t have to be boring to be healthy. You will be able to see how to combine beautiful plants of all sizes in a way that is sustainable and can help feed your family.
Families will love the tree house perched among the forest; engaging with a forest canopy in play structures is a great way of getting young people outside and more aware of their natural world. The height and scale of the timbers will amaze you, and real trunks salvaged from timber lands will be set vertically, rising over 10 feet while supporting decks trailing with planted containers.
A path will wind from the front of the garden, rising up and over one of the decks and ending at a small, enclosed flagstone patio. A low stone wall separates the patio from the massive tree trunks that serve as supports. And a green house, nestled in the trees, will glow with a soft light, showing the bounty of food.
Over 55,000 avid gardeners will flock to the Northwest Flower & Garden Show, to be held February 20 – 24, 2013 at the Washington State Convention Center, to see 23 fully-built gardens, over 100 educational seminars, enjoy family fun, and shopping at a garden Marketplace with 350 exhibitors.
If you have never been to the show, the number one thing we hear from first-time attendees is this: “Oh my gosh, I had no idea it was this incredible.” Find out for yourself — tickets are on sale now! ~ Janet