The weather gods are smiling on the Northwest F&G Show - all that sunshine got us psyched up for gardening, and then today's rain made it easier to head inside for the first day of the show.
I'm giving a talk tomorrow morning at 10 a.m. in the Rainier Room on making simple, natural bouquets from the garden, and signing books after - hope to see you there....but today I explored the booths and the marketplace - here are a few highlights....
When it comes to plants, I only bought a few dahlias and lilies, which hold up well until the soil warms up enough to plant them. The hellebores and orchids were enticing, but I resisted. Ravenna Gardens has beautiful, fat bunches of pussywillow for $11.00. Don't miss the bustling Children's PlayGarden - they've recreated a nostalgic 1950's kitchen and carport as entry to the garden filled with kids having a great time.
Be sure and stop by the Chocolate Flower Farm booth for a delicious whiff of chocolate candles, a selection of dark plants, and a visit with proprietress Marie Lincoln.
Timothy Coleman of Good Nature Publishing (Booth 2367) is offering an inspiring assortment of his gorgeous environmental posters as well as magnets and key chains ($3.50 each) with wildflower art by Vashon Island botanical artist Jean Emmons.
Check out these cool sedum at the Butchart Garden booth -
And linger on the skybridge to see the container displays. I particularly liked this one with the swirled metal container and lovely mix of texture and flower, and the simplicity of designer Wendy Welch's sophisticated chaise and orange pot. What an evocation of summer to come...
Bob Bowling of Whidbey Island had already sold one of his covetable sheds right off the sales floor by Wednesday afternoon - but he's happy to make more....Bob's charming sheds, made of mostly recycled and repurposed materials, are featured in my column in Pacific Northwest mag this coming Sunday.
The flower arrangements in the South Lobby are always pretty amazing - this one won the top prize....and while its architecture is impressive, it's the antithesis of the backyard bouquets in "Petal & Twig"..
And be sure and look up Stubborn Twig Design - it's artist Meredith MacLeod's first time at the F&G Show with her beautiful journals and bird cards...