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
When I ask people what their favorite part of the Northwest Flower & Garden Show is, the most common response I get is “the pretty Display Gardens in full bloom!” Yes, we have a huge selection of exhibitors, floral displays and noteworthy seminars. But there’s nothing quite like walking into the darkened garden floor with the distant sound of birds and water, the smell of flowers in bloom, and the warmth of the garden lights.
This year, we will have a grand total of 23 Display Gardens, all following our theme of “Romance Blossoms.” Here’s your introduction to a few of the gardens you will see at this year.
“Picture Yourself on Azalea Way”
Since the very first year of the Northwest Flower & Garden Show, the Washington Park Arboretum has created Display Gardens representative of the Arboretum itself. If you’ve ever been to the Arboretum, you’d know it’s a place where romantic settings are plenty.
Picture walking among colorful azaleas, cherry trees, bulbs, and more. Surrounding plants will be Pacific Northwest friendly while the garden border will be created with reclaimed wood right from the Arboretum. An exciting feature is a photo opportunity right in the garden! Step into the scene while friends and family take your photo in front of cut-out dress forms. Upload them to your favorite social media using the hashtag #onazaleaway. Tag the Northwest Flower & Garden Show (@NWFGS/#NWFGS), and we can share your photo too!
Over the Moon
Did you know the Latin word for moon, “luna,” is sometimes related to the word lunatic? You hear about people turning into wolves, but it’s often thought people can become crazy in love from the moon. The Association of Professional Landscape Designers of Washington (APLDWA) is creating a night garden based on this premise, moon included. White birches, yellow and orange blooms, a lovely pavilion, a hammock, an overflowing pool… this garden is the perfect recipe for love.
Integrated in front of the Display Garden is a table where APLDWA is offering free 20 minute design consultations. This is a fantastic opportunity to get a professional opinion on your own yard, especially considering all the ideas and plants you may pick up at the Northwest Flower & Garden Show!
Check back here on the Garden Show Blog for more breathtaking displays we will have at the 2015 Northwest Flower & Garden Show. All you need is a ticket to see, touch, and smell spring a few months early.
Every year, a highly prestigious event kicks off the beginning of the Northwest Flower & Garden Show. On February 10th from 5-9pm, the Arboretum Foundation will be hosting their annual Opening Night Party at the 2015 Northwest Flower & Garden Show.
Guests will feel like royalty at this event. You can enjoy delicious food, wine bars, live entertainment, and live & silent auctions. All guests will enjoy a delicious buffet dinner and dessert, as well as complimentary parking for one car in the Convention Center garage. The auctions are filled with all manner of treasures—such as travel packages, dining and theater experiences, exclusive garden tours, hiking adventures, and wine tastings. The Mayor of Seattle, Ed Murray, will be in attendance as the honorary chair for this year’s party.
But, a more notable benefit to attending the Opening Night Party is the exclusive opportunity to see the Display Gardens before anyone else. You will be lucky enough to see the gardens hours after they’re completed and meet the garden creators themselves. This year’s gardens will be following our theme “Romance Blossoms,” so this will be a romantic evening for all attending.
The Opening Night Party at the Show benefits the Arboretum, which is one of Seattle’s oldest non-profit organizations. This event provides support for Seattle’s internationally renowned 230-acre Washington Park Arboretum, along with funding their 600+ volunteers who keep the organization running.
There are multiple ticket levels available for purchase. If you are already a member of the Arboretum Foundation, you can purchase tickets right now at the Early Bird price of $175. This deal is only good until January 10th 2015, so hurry!
For all other guests, there are two levels to choose from: Patron and Benefactor. Patrons and Benefactors will receive benefits like reserved table seating for dinner on the main garden floor. Benefactors will also receive two tickets to the Garden Show and a special gift. You can also reserve tables for groups of ten.
By attending, you can support an organization that provides vital resources to protect the Washington Park Arboretum, a treasured urban green space and plant collection nestled in the heart of Seattle. The food, drinks, and a lovely evening on the Garden Floor are all just side perks. -Courtney
The design team at the Arboretum Foundation is taking its cue for their 2013 show garden from J.R.R. Tolkien’s classic fantasy novel, The Hobbit, for their 2013 garden at the Northwest Flower & Garden Show.
“A Hobbit’s New Zealand Garden” recreates an imaginary small, lush world of hobbits as envisioned by the award-winning design team of Phil Wood, Robert Williams and Bob Lilly. They are the co-creators of the past two Arboretum Foundation gardens at the Northwest Flower & Garden Show, both of which won Gold Medals and the Pacific Horticulture Award.
The garden will be composed of plants native to New Zealand that generally do well in our region. It celebrates the new eco-geographic forest to be planted in the Arboretum’s Pacific Connection’s Garden next year.
You’ll find yourself transported ‘down under’ when you see the house tucked into a hillside covered with sedges and ferns. A stone pathway leads to a round hobbit-sized door. An aged picket fence borders a small inner garden, with a tree fern standing sentry nearby.
Next to the house is a bog filled with colorful New Zealand flax (Phormium) and surrounded by drifts of sedges (Carex), for a wind-swept feel. Fog seeps in, lending an air of mystery. Color pops from the flowers of Libertia and foliage of Coprosma, and on top of the hill a small grove of tea trees (Leptospermum) forms a backdrop to the garden.
Children of all ages will want to take a peek inside the diminutive hobbit house. But parents will appreciate how most of the plants in the garden are drought tolerant, and, once established, are also low maintenance. The garden will showcase how these plants can compliment any typical Northwest home garden.
The Arboretum Foundation is a nonprofit organization supporting the renowned 230-acre Washington Park Arboretum in Seattle. They hope to raise $5.5 million to complete construction of the 2.25 acre New Zealand Forest in 2013 as part of Phase II of the Pacific Connections Garden.
Tickets are on sale now for the 25th annual show, to be held February 20 – 24, 2013 at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle. For a sneak preview of the Arboretum Foundation’s New Zealand garden and all the inspirational show gardens, join them for the Opening Night Party, with proceeds supporting the Arboretum Foundation. ~ Janet
One of the highlights for local gardeners is the annual Northwest Flower & Garden Show Opening Night Party, to be held on Tuesday, February 19, from 5:00 pm – 9:40 pm, hosted by the Arboretum Foundation to benefit the Washington Park Arboretum. This is a must-attend party for the ‘horteratti.’
Guests can enjoy a festive evening with delicious food, fine wines, live music and a splendid silent auction filled with vacation getaways, collectable wines, fun experiences, plants and all things avid gardeners love.
But what is more exciting is the opportunity to see all of the 23 lavish show gardens before the show opens to the public the next morning. All the while helping to support the Washington Park Arboretum. Established in 1934, the arboretum is a 230-acre living museum of priceless woodlands, wetlands, gardens and walking trails nestled in the heart of bustling Seattle. It has been treasured by generations of nature lovers, gardeners, tourists and citizens of the Emerald City.
All of the show gardens this year are inspired by the history and tradition of the cinema, so the Arboretum Foundation movers and shakers are capturing that spirit with the party. You can walk down the red carpet, pose for paparazzi, and gossip with your favorite Northwest horticulture celebrities.
You’ll also be the first to see the Foundation’s own display garden, which pays homage to the gorgeous gardens and scenery of New Zealand and the popular new film, “The Hobbit.” It will once again be designed by the award-winning team of Phil Wood, Bob Lilly and Roger Williams.
Patrons and Benefactors will be treated to a special appearance by Santa Barbara-based designer Billy Goodnick, author of the new book , Yards: Turn Any Outdoor Space Into the Garden of Your Dreams, to be published by St. Lynn’s Press and released just before the 2013 show. Billy will be roving the gardens, microphone in hand, and sharing his “Top Ten Design Tips for Sustainability and Outdoor Living.” Billy’s design eye, combined with his keen wit, promises to make this an entertaining way to discover new trends.
Tickets are now on sale. You can purchase them online, by phone at 206-325-4510, or over the counter in the Arboretum Shop (open daily, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.).
Don’t miss this wonderful evening, to be held at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle. Even better, book a hotel room for Tuesday evening and you’ll be right on hand when the show opens at 9 am the following morning. (Think of what a lovely Valentine’s gift this would make for your gardening sweetheart!) ~ Janet