Can you believe it's Flower and Garden Show week already? I'll be judging gardens for Pacific Horticulture magazine Tuesday afternoon, so I'll be sure and give you a heads up on what's special and the details you won't want to miss.
After twenty years of the show, I still get excited about fresh ideas, cool products, new plants, inspiring design. Our talented designers, gardeners, and merchants always have a few surprises for us.
Be sure and visit DIG Nursery's retail booth - Sylvia and Ross have taken the last two years off, and they're returning with birds and more birds. Owls, a murder of black crows, and Patsy Thola's sweet bird shrines.(left). They're stocking outdoor rugs, spring bulbs and hanging spheres and obelisks powder coated in teal blue.
"We're going to have some of Todd's Hover pots," says Sylvia of the very coolest hanging pots ever from a young Vancouver B. C. designer. "I'm planting them in kind of a rainforest vibe, with indoor plants such as broad leafed ferns, Hoyas, Meyers fern, Staghorns, Bromeilads and orchids such as Militonias that can tolerant low light. I'll fill one with Satsumas to inspire people to use them indoors too."
Be sure and check out Todd Holloway's (of Pot Inc.) Hover pot display that Sylvia mentions - you'll find it on the skybridge. The pots are colorful, sleek and modern. Todd describes his display as mid-century modern, in shades of turquoise and gun metal gray. He searched Seattle and Portland for plants, and ended up with Yucca rostratas and agaves and he's shipping some rarish echeverias down from Vancouver's WIG nursery. The back wall and floors are built of reclaimed from old British Columbia buildings. But it's the hover pots that'll star, planted in succulents, like this Dolga dish...
And while you're near the retail area - be sure and stop by Booth #2106 and say hello to Tim Coleman of Good Nature Publishing, who is stocking up on affordable treasures for the show."I'll have new botanic art from award winning artist Carrie di Constanzo, in large cards with envelopes," says Coleman.(left)
Good Nature Publishing's "Pleasures" posters and journals have been a huge hit, and the postcard line is debuting at the show (below)
I'm fascinated at the idea of a display garden featuring vegetables you can grow in part shade. "Nature's Studio", designed by Kirsten Lints of Gardens ALIVE Design, is the first collaboration between The Washington Association of Landscape Professionals and the Washington State Nursery and Landscape Association. "It's a space for working and relaxing, for art," says Kirsten. "It's a forest garden designed for grazing...I know from my own experience that some vegetables do better in partial shade." Which vegetables? Kirsten lists peas, lettuces, kale, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, kohlrabi, spinach. And she's planning a shitake mushroom pyramid. The entire list of vegetables to be used in the garden - which the team grew in four different locations to hedge their bets - can be found on the WSNLA website.
Stay tuned for photos and an update when I actually get in to see the gardens on Tuesday....and more information on the market area of the show on Wednesday when the booths open....