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Thursday, February 9, 2012

How I Spent My First Day at the Northwest Flower Show

This morning as I was driving Nigel to the train station to go to work, he pretended to be reading a news headline. "Bonney Lake woman buys entire display garden at flower show. 'Pack it all up and ship it to Pierce County,' she said." I think he figured I was going to spend a little money....

Unfortunately I didn't arrive at the Northwest Flower and Garden Show (NWFGS) until 11, and the place was just wall-to-wall people. So I couldn't get good photos of the display gardens. There was still plenty to look at. I decided to pretty much bypass the display gardens, and head for the Container Garden Exhibition, which takes place on the SkyBridge. This wonderful exhibit caught my attention immediately. The more you look at it, the more you see! It has so many wonderful little touches.

These terrariums seemed to be all the rage at the show!

And if you can't get close enough to the display gardens to get a good look, there's always the display called Funky Junk, where local high school students integrate plants with repurposed materials. My favorite there was this Steampunk greenhouse.

Those are some wonderfully creative kids!

I checked out the Floral Competition too. These are not your typical supermarket bouquets!

I loved this simple twiggy nest

A closer look inside

Finally, yes, I went shopping. I bought two books that I've been wanting ever since I heard they came out recently. One is Landscaping for Privacy by Marty Wingate and the other is Handmade Garden Projects by Lorene Edwards Forkner (both women were Fling hosts last year). Both books are from Timber Press.

I also checked out the plants for sale at various booths. I was looking for drought-resistant and succulent type plants for the gravel garden that I'm planning.

What do you think of this Dyckia 'Burgundy Ice?'

Or this Yucca 'Bright Star?'

Rather than just buy these two, I thought I'd come home and check to see if they were truly hardy and appropriate. I did buy a new Hellebore and two Dierama (Angel's Fishing Rod).

I ended the day by meeting Nigel for dinner in town. On the way home, he said, "Same again tomorrow? After all, you know what they say -- Too much of a good great!"

Yes, indeed -- I am going back again tomorrow. I still have to get some good pictures of the display gardens to share with you!


  1. Your husband is hilarious!! - I am in love with that twig nest...very cool! - Have a great weekend! xo

  2. Hi Alison! I was there yesterday at 10 a.m. Did you get into that 6 miles traffic jam? We made a loop to avoid it. I wish I could spend more time there, but I had only 4 hours.

  3. Oh, I wish I could have been your shadow! You have shared some marvellous ideas and I am looking forward to Day 2. Nigel has a wonderful, dry sense of humour and the two of you sound so well suited.

  4. that structure in the first photo would fit in well in my garden. See you there Sunday! I'm glad to have your posts as previews.

  5. Alison, always a pleasure to go with you to garden shows. Love the displays. I have a collection of old pulleys, and when I saw them in the display I was so happy. (I have no idea what I will do with my pulleys, I simply love them. They were part of our haymow and I luckily retrieved them when the barn was destroyed.)

    So many wonderful ideas, so little time! Thank you, dear friend, for the tour.

  6. I have only been blogging a year, but I am learning to look forward to your trips to the garden shows. Thank you so much for sharing. In South Dakota I don't get this opportunity. I love the first display you showed. It is such a treat to see these. I really appreciate you taking the time to share.

  7. I purposely waited until after I went to the show to read any posts about it so I saw the show without any ideas of what others thought. I did like the display gardens that you showed. I was a bit bummed that by the time we shopped for plants they were pretty picked over, although we did get a couple.


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