Northwest Flower and Garden Show, 2014

I’m just back from the show.  The gardens seem to have bounded back to their pre-recession glory – real hardscape materials – iron, wood, stone, rather than the theater set like stagings of recent shows.  Lots of water and some stunning art pieces. Some beautiful fences and innovative gates.  If you go make several trips around the display gardens and in different directions.  Also – get to the show early for parking!

Notably missing this year was the gate competition.  Also HUGELY disappointing this year was the children’s garden or lack thereof.  Last year’s garden was fabulous and seemed to be based on a Swiss Family Robinson theme – – soil to dig around in, vegetables (or was that the year before?), plants, tools, croquet, a gazebo, dress-up clothes, a boat, treasure chest and children’s bands.  Take a hint, horticulture industry.  We’ll be a dying breed and the show will be no more unless we find a way to nurture and sustain the interest of young families and their children.

The Art of Upcycling Display Garden - love that repurposed zigzag fence at the back.

The Art of Upcycling Display Garden – love that repurposed zigzag fence at the back.

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Fragrant edgeworthia was used in many gardens, but this one set the pale yellow flowers off to best effect. Nature Perfect (?) Display Garden

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Corten steel planters by MOD studio in the ART-itecture for Urban Wildlife Display garden.

by clarkworks of Portland

by clarkworks of Portland

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pergola with log posts in The Garden of Artful Delight Display garden

pergola with log posts in The Garden of Artful Delight Display garden

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