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.
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?
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.