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Posts from the ‘Garden Tours & Travel’ Category

A Tuscany Garden

A couple weeks ago I got back from an amazing trip to Italy. We spent most of our time in this little garden for the villa we rented in Montisi. It was divine. 

NW Flower & Garden Show

The NW Flower and Garden show (in Seattle) opened yesterday and runs though the weekend. I made my annual trek to see the gardens and do a little shopping. I took a couple pictures of my favorite gardens to share.

I’ll start with McAuliffe’s Nursery. It’s somewhat close to my house and I’ve visited it often. It’s a great nursery.

A couple things I liked about their demo garden:

• they had the best plant tags. Cuts of wood painted w/ chalk paint.

• their potting bench made from salvage materials was inspiring

• I really enjoyed their plant choices and colors


The Association of Professional Landscape Designers (APLD) demo garden had my favorite plant combos. Here are a couple other things that caught my eye:

• they had a classic water feature that complimented the rest of the design

• they used a variety of plant colors and textures that I can use at home


West Seattle Nursery was also a favorite with their catchy “Birds do it…Bees do it…” garden theme. Also a great Billie Holiday song. Why I liked it:

• gave habitat ideas for birds and insects

• vibrant colors and fun plant combinations

• unique bird feeders


And the last garden I want to share was designed by Adam Gorski Landscape Inc. I liked the elegance and simplicity of this garden.

• cork plant tags – what a great idea

• large stone columns & fountain

• wine barrel chairs

• green & burgundy plants


I hope you enjoyed my garden show teaser. If you want to see more you’ll just have to visit the show.

In a Garden Far, Far Away… An Edible Forest Sanctuary

‘In a Garden Far, Far Away… An Edible Forest Sanctuary’ speaks to both the child and urban farmer in me. To start, it has a name reminiscent of Star Wars with a fort and rope ladder – similar to the Ewok village. (How fun!)

In addition to the whimsy, it has plenty of edible planting ideas. I especially loved the espalier pear trees and creeping raspberries.

Created by:
Native Root Designs LLC
Carter Evans Wood Concepts
Northwest Nurseries, Inc.

Living Amongst the Stars

There are only two days left of the Northwest Flower & Garden Show and I still have a couple more gardens to share. That means I needed to get an early start today.

The garden I’m sharing this morning, ‘Living Amongst the Stars,’ has a very usable/realistic living space. While walking the show floor these last couple of days I’ve been tempted by the metal hot tub, lounge chairs, private seating, and deck for viewing the ‘stars.’ I’ve also enjoyed the different textures displayed in the garden.

This seems like the perfect hideout and you know how I love secret gardens.

Created by:
Washington State Nursery & Landscape Association

Jardin Noir – Film Noir Style in a Modern Garden

This next garden spoke to me since I’m a huge fan of using repurposed materials in the garden. It also had a fantastic design with a rain garden! Plus, I’m a huge sucker for anything French and this garden has an almost French name: Jardin Noir – Film Noir Style in a Modern Garden.
Created by:
Barbara Lycett Landscape Design