Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Fun and Funky at the NW Flower and Garden Show

Cloudy drippy skies greeted me this morning when I awoke and I couldn't have been more pleased. Today marked the first of the 2010 Northwest Flower and Garden Show, a five day feast of extravagant and ecclectic gardens for gardeners from around the region to oogle over. This show almost faded last year when its previous owner, Duane Kelly, announced plans to close the 21-year exhibit if he didn't find a buyer. Eventually, Portland-based O'Loughlin Trade Shows came through with a purchase. 
So, fast forward to today and voila!, here we are on opening day to glimpse more than 20 display gardens. My first impressions are the gardens seem much more funky and fun this year. There also seems to be a bit more whimsy in the gardens, not to mention more invitation for spectators to get into the displays. Bravo! There's definitely a heavier influence of urban gardening and farming, which couldn't make me more happier.

"Keeping It Real"
Real simple is just what I'm looking for right now. And this just shows that simple can be just as show stopping.

"There's No Place Like Home"

I'll definitely return for a closer look at this display themed around "The Wizard of Oz." Not only was this a just plain funky garden space, it incorporated a living rooftop, animal habitats, water-wise irrigation, an edible landscape and living fences. Fabulous.

"Wormhole: A Garden Game"

A lovely display that reminds us that gardens can be about form, function and just plain fun.

OK, I hung out here awhile. But hey, I have a toddler so I was soaking up many ideas.

The worm in question, perhaps?

"Fofo" Rhododendron
Yes, there were flowers at the show.

"Crops For Clunkers"
This is just a snippet of the edibles growing in, on and around a small pick-up that is the centerpiece of this mobile design.


Karen said...

Ooh, great preview, now I know what to look for! I'm going tomorrow with my mom. Looks like you saw a lot, even with kiddo in tow. Can't wait to compare notes! Exciting that it continued, and I love that it is funkier. It's what I have wished for these many years. Great photos!

Nijola said...

Colorful flower show:)
you a good time:)

Sunny said...

I'm envious :) I have always wanted to go to the show but not made it yet. My husband is going to be in Seattle for business so he may get to go check it out....Nice photos btw.

Robin's Nesting Place said...

Love the water fountains and the yellow tulips are gorgeous!

I love to go to the flower and patio show here in Indianapolis. It's like a little spring vacation!

Kyna said...

I wish there were shows like that closer to where I live! Some of those were amazing...I loved the very first pic with the yellow tulips. I have these delusions of grandeur, that I'm going to make a bed of all tulips for the springtime. :D Probably not going to happen, but if it did, I'd love it to look like that!

Catherine@AGardenerinProgress said...

Seeing your post is making me excited for Sunday when I go. I'm so glad that the show was able to go on! It does look like it has a different feel to it than previous shows, should be fun!

Gloria Bonde said...

Beautiful and fun. How creative!

NellJean said...

Thank you for taking photos at the Garden Show. I love garden shows, and I love the pics that others post.

Do you think DH made a mistake when he let the Scrap Man haul off the old pickup? Kidding; my garden doesn't need that much whimsey, even with a sign that says, 'Drive like its stolen' and a clutch of Flamingos in the back!

dining room table said...

Wow! Nice pictures. I am so busy this week so I might not have the time to go to this event.

Christine B. said...

I agree with you that fun and funky seemed to be a theme. I thought some of the gardens were a bit skimpy as far as lighting goes, so kind of difficult for a novice photographer like me to capture on film with any sympathy. I think I may have taken more pics of the vendor booths than the display gardens (even though they were amazing)! I loved the "garden game" display garden as well and promptly stopped by their featured glass artists' booth and bought some of her "fronds" to ship home. Did you catch any of the speakers?

Christine in Alaska

~The Robin's Nest~ said...

I did not get a chance to go to it this year~! Thanks for all the wonderful photos, it's the next best thing to being there.


Jan (Thanks For Today) said...

Those are some 'funky', fun 'fotos'! Lots of color and playfulness. I;m sure the little guy enjoyed some of those displays...especially the worm! Glad to see there were some flowers there, too;-) Happy Valentines Day, Melanthia;-)

Dirty Girl Gardening said...

nice preview! thanks for the great post.

donna said...

This is my second time reading this post and it's warmed me up as much today as it did the first time.

Winter is still here in Wisconsin, spring is coming....but when.


gloria said...

Wow, I love the red display you showed. Lovely pictures

Grace Peterson said...

Fun photos. So did you buy anything?

Sunflower Ranch said...

Hi! What a wonderful blog! I love your photo essay! We didn't make it to the flower & garden show this year, but are planning to start poking around the local nurseries this month. Things are a little later out here. More extremes in temperatures than we used to have when we lived in Seattle. But it's fun to dream anywhere you live. Happy first day of March! Spring is almost here!! :D

Aanee @ Flower Delivery Dublin said...

WOW, Looks like a great show.
I am from Ireland and have to say thanks for showing this :)

Aanee xxx
Aanee @ Flower Delivery