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Looking Back at the 2013 Northwest Flower & Garden Show

I’m in the throes of substantial anticipation of the 2014 Northwest Flower and Garden Show. Since that is two weeks away my best option is to look back at the 2013 show and what were my highlights.

As a member of the APLD’s international board, I must recognize my fellow members’ efforts in the following gardens:

This delightful, ‘Tuscanesque’ garden:

Audrey’s Roman Holiday (Gold Medal) Created by APLD WA chapter Designed by: Susie Thompson, APLD, Leanne Goulding, and Shelley Retchless

Audrey’s Roman Holiday (Gold Medal)
Created by APLD WA chapter
Designed by: Susie Thompson, APLD, Leanne Goulding, and Shelley Retchless

An irresistible Hobbit garden:

A Hobbit’s New Zealand Garden (Gold Medal) Created by Washington Park Arboretum; designed by Bob Lilly, Phil Wood, Roger Williams, & Rhonda Bush

A Hobbit’s New Zealand Garden (Gold Medal)
Created by Washington Park Arboretum; designed by Bob Lilly, Phil Wood, Roger Williams, & Rhonda Bush

A delightful black and white-themed garden:

Jardin Noir-Film Noir Style in a Modern Garden (Gold Medal) Created and Designed by: Barbara Lycett, APLD

Jardin Noir-Film Noir Style in a Modern Garden (Gold Medal)
Created and Designed by: Barbara Lycett, APLD

The best of show garden was designed by Riz Reyes, up and coming garden personality and all-around wonderful person:

The Lost Gardener-A Journey from the Wild to the Cultivated (Gold) Created by RHR Horticulture-Landwave Gardens, Orion Rockscapes, CEM Design, Inc. & Greencliff Landscape Co.

The Lost Gardener-A Journey from the Wild to the Cultivated (Gold)
Created by RHR Horticulture-Landwave Gardens, Orion Rockscapes, CEM Design, Inc. & Greencliff Landscape Co.

This garden with its white garden furnishings glowed as though in moonlight:

Living Amongst the Stars Created by WSNLA, Designed by Sublime Garden Design LLC

Living Amongst the Stars
Created by WSNLA, Designed by Sublime Garden Design LLC

I especially liked the glass finial and steel rod fence in this design:

Renewal: Enchanted April in the Northwest (Gold) Created by Home & Garden Art, Designed by Jim Honold, Plant Selection and consultation: Pamela Richards Garden Design

Renewal: Enchanted April in the Northwest (Gold)
Created by Home & Garden Art, Designed by Jim Honold, Plant Selection and consultation: Pamela Richards Garden Design

And while this garden didn’t show me anything new, I liked the elements of its design and how they were arranged:

California Dreaming (Silver Medal) Created and Designed by: Kristy Ditmore, Jamie McAuliffe, and Rick Perry

California Dreaming (Silver Medal)
Created and Designed by: Kristy Ditmore, Jamie McAuliffe, and Rick Perry

The humor and consistent theme of this garden was delightful:

It’s All in The Movies (Gold Medal) Created by WALP Designed by Jefferson Landscaping and Looking Glass Designs

It’s All in The Movies (Gold Medal)
Created by WALP
Designed by Jefferson Landscaping and Looking Glass Designs

Other bits and pieces I noticed at the show (apologies for lack of credits):

Using glass with lighting in lieu of flames

Using glass with lighting in lieu of flames

Clever outdoor lighting

Clever outdoor lighting

A small garden on the Bridge had many fun elements.

A small garden on the Bridge had many fun elements.

Floral arrangements and pots were everywhere. Great place to get ideas for containers!

Floral arrangements and pots were everywhere. Great place to get ideas for containers!

If you want more:

http://www.gardenshow.com/the-gardens/garden-archives/2013-photo-album/

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2 Responses to Looking Back at the 2013 Northwest Flower & Garden Show
  1. Loree / danger garden
    January 21, 2014 | 9:24 pm

    What a fun look back! We are inundated with these images during and after the show yet looking at them now it’s all fresh and new with a big promise of what’s to come.

  2. admin
    January 22, 2014 | 8:11 am

    I agree, Loree! There are so many photos that immediately follow the show, so I thought waiting until close to this year’s show would pack much more punch. So looking forward to this year’s, too, like always!

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