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My Northwest Flower & Garden Show Favorites

Every winter the Northwest Flower & Garden Show helps me brush off the cobwebs and get excited for spring. This year was even more exciting because I met up with many of my garden idols and online friends. I even got to listen to seminars by Jessi Bloom, Rebecca Sweet & Susan Morrison, Teresa O’Connor & Jayme Jenkins, Ivette Soler and Joe Lamp’l (check out their hyperlinked books).

I loved every minute of this show so I thought I’d share what I loved most (aside from the people).

Here’s some cool stuff I found:

Here are my favorite display gardens:

Christianson’s Nursery was most like my own garden (but better). I really enjoyed their A Day Well Spent garden because it was simple, elegant and classic. It also had veggies and easy to implement ideas like the short fence covered in vines pictured below.  Most of my pictures of this garden were blurry.

Christianson's Nursery

Short little fence covered in vines.

Also by the front entrance was Courtney Goetz’s garden: Paradise (to be) Regained. Not saying anything bad about Courtney, but I was SHOCKED when I learned the person who designed this garden was only 17! It was not only beautiful but also very thoughtful – it was full of great ideas, plant picks and had a recycling message. I bet (hope) this isn’t the last we hear from her.

Repurposed shipping container

Greenhouse on top of the shipping container!

Use for plastic water bottles

Radiator borders

Metal grates as stepping stones

Key chain rain chain

My favorite themed garden was by far the Run Little Pigs,RUN! garden by Susan Browne Landscape Design. I walked around this one a couple times (at least) and found something new and fun to look at each time.  Plus, my dad did an amazing job reading me this story as a kid. I still remember.


Straw house planted with complementary reds

The twig house - my personal favorite.

The brick house with views of the other two.

The BIG BAD WOLF's house - situated right behind the straw house.

Here are a couple other photos I liked from the other display gardens.


Meadow lawn

Giant Urn

I got some of these cattails in burgundy!!

Stone bench and rock wall

Pink Flamingo Croquet

Wine cork stepping stones?

Here are my favorite container gardens:

Since I LOVE succulents and repurposed pots, it was no wonder I loved The Lusher Life Project container garden display.


So many succulents!

Bottle terrarium

Love the contrast with the red/orange box

And last but not least, the Eat, Pray, Love, Garden. My friends Christina Salwitz and Janit Calvo (Two Green Thumbs Miniature Garden Center) combined forces to create this beautiful garden.


Good thing the book was there or I would've sat down!

View of the garden's back wall & India miniature garden

Indonesia miniature garden?

Italy miniature garden

That’s all for this year. See you all next year!!!

8 Comments Post a comment
  1. Thank you for including our display in your faves! I love your eye – great photos all ’round!


    March 7, 2011
    • Thanks! I loved the mini gardens of each location in the book! Very clever.


      March 12, 2011
  2. Thank you so much for a gorgeous post! I always fall in love with super close up shots and wind up trying to explain what I saw to my husband–always on a quest to improve the gardens and the season is coming!
    Thanks for sharing a gorgeous post!


    March 9, 2011
    • I made the mistake of bringing my iPhone as my only camera. I found the only pictures that actually came out were the close up shops! Thanks for your kind words.


      March 12, 2011
  3. Wow! It is almost like we went to 2 completely different shows. I love your purposeful pictures. I was so overwhelmed that I didn’t get to look too closely at any one thing with concentration.
    Loved seeing it again thru your eyes!


    March 9, 2011
    • Thanks! It helped that I went 2.5 days total! Plus, I had a little time to walk around the gardens before the show opened – that really helped.


      March 12, 2011
  4. What beautiful memories you captured from the show! I am never tired of revisiting that wonderful weekend. There is so much here that I didn’t even see, so thank you for sharing!! Love your blog and look forward to following another Northwest Blogger…Cheers Julia


    March 9, 2011
    • Julia, not just another NW gardener – but a NW gardener that loves rubber boots!! ;) I’m now following your blog too.


      March 12, 2011

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