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Saturday, August 25, 2012

Art in the Garden at the Bellevue Botanical Garden

Nigel and I went to the Art in the Garden festival at the Bellevue Botanical Garden on Saturday. This was the third annual Art in the Garden, a show that features the sculptures and garden art of 25 Northwest artists, both on display and for sale, some simple, some elaborate, in metal, wood, blown and fused glass, ceramics, bronze and other outdoor-appropriate materials. The day started off cool, but warmed up rather quickly since it was very sunny.

I've been wanting to see the new suspension bridge at the Bellevue Botanical Garden for a while, ever since Mother's Day this year when it opened. Given that he has an engineering bent, Nigel wanted to see it too.

Welcome to Jurassic Park!

Nigel went ahead of me. I accused him, more than once, of deliberately shaking the bridge. Poor man, falsely accused! He was outraged. Although quite sturdy and made with enormous cables, the bridge is much more bouncy than I thought it would be.

After checking out the bridge, Nigel found a shady spot to sit and read his Kindle, while I made the rounds of the artists. There was a lot of glasswork, which is understandable, given we live in the glass art capital of the world, and some of it was really beautiful. But it can get a bit monotonous after a while. In fact, there were so many glass artists there I completely lost track of whose work I was photographing!

I did think this was a really cute bug vignette!

Loved these glass leaves!

I don't know where I'd put this full-size decorated torso, but it was pretty cool!

This red agave was the size of a real agave, but quite a bit more expensive -- $430.

I could see these huge herons beside my stream!

There was a dragon on top of the Visitor's Center!

And some owls too!

Wouldn't this woodpecker look great on the side of a tree?

I want this rooster too!

Loved this earthenware pot!
Another cool torso, with mosaics on it!

I just adore mosaic art, and these mandalas really appealed to me! (I should have bought one.)

There were faux cave paintings as well.

Everyone admired this dangling mosaiced mermaid.
Nice detail on a metal trellis

I'd love some mosaic stepping stones like these, but they were for sale as a complete set for $300, and I didn't want the birdbath.

I also managed to wander around the gardens and get a few shots of plants!

Was this plant with big leaves Astilboides? Darmera? Nope, the tag under it said Peltoboykinia tellimoides x watanabei.

Tricyrtis flowers are so small and hard to spot, but so sweet and delicate when you see them up close.

This blackberry lily had the most enormous seedpods!

Nice foliage combo! Golden Hakone grass and Daphne odora (possibly 'Mae-Jima')

It was hard to miss the large crowd around local plant guru and media personality Ciscoe Morris, who was leading a group around the garden, pointing out his favorite plants and looking very hot (temperature-wise, that is!)

Artist Info (for artists whose work is featured here, there were lots more whose business cards I didn't get -- click on names to reach websites):

Marcus Harper, glass artist

Driftwood Creations
Carol Bryant

Dean Tile and Design
Carol Rose Dean

Jesse Kelly, glass artist

Abraxas Crow Company
Gunter Reimnitz
Forge/Weld/Cut/Bend Steel Sculptures

Unique Ceramics
Barbara Wyatt

Lance H. Carleton, sculptor

Mad Mosaics
Carman Komm

The show runs on Sunday, August 26 as well, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.


  1. Loved some of that artwork. There are some really talented people.

  2. Wow!!! I wish I could go to this great spot! The bridge issue is funny, go Nigel!! I want to thank you for sharing the websites of the artists....will be going and checking each of them out. I am a fan of mermaids, love this one.

  3. Stunning work! I'll have to go next year as it looks like you had a great time seeing so much beautiful stuff & your pictures have given me some ideas!

  4. How beautiful. Wish I could get over there to visit the gardens.I would love a little of the garden art to enhance my garden, but it is so expensive.
    Thanks for the tour.

  5. Found you via the Queen and so glad I did. You are so blessed to have such an event and wish I could have witnessed it with some deep pockets of money. Based on my landscape here I best loved the orange spikes in the grass but there was so much more. Thanks so very much for the experience.

  6. I loved all of it. I would have to stick to the metal sculptures as we get too much hail for glass.

  7. The glass flames, especially the orange ones, are beautiful! I also like the metal seat made from what look to be recycled objects. Down here we have Cracked Pots: it's garden art made from recycled objects. It's fun, and I bought a nice piece this year, but the art you've shown is generally more refined and overall appealing to me.

  8. Oh I don't know Cisco looks pretty hot. :) What a fun time. The mosaic torso looks to be a very young 20-something I would guess, if you know what I mean. :) That woodpecker is pretty cool. I also like the glass starfish below the agave. Interesting all the way around. Did you buy anything?

  9. I get what you mean about glass overload. A single piece in the proper setting is stunning, but what artist would dare to compete with that Trycirtis as you have photographed it?

  10. There is so much to see, it is overwhelming isn't it, but so gorgeous.

    Love that bridge, and those plants.

    Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams

  11. Alison, I want to sit down and thoroughly go through all of the posts I have missed now that I have a new computer. Your blog is always so amazing and I don't want to miss a word.

    This tour was stunning. I really loved the glass art, too. We've never tried fusing, but it is definitely popular now, much more so than our fussier lampshade and window work. Those big pieces make a stunning statement in landscaping. I wonder how they'd look half-buried in a snowbank, but I'd be afraid to leave them out over winter.

    So many ideas and sights to see, I will be back Alison! Have a great weekend, too.

  12. Those herons are fabulous! I would so put one of those out near one of our creeks here, just to see if anyone noticed ;) The owls are quite impressive too!

  13. the mosaic torso is awesome!!!! thank you fo the tour...wonderful


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