Steal this (part 3) 2012 Northwest Flower and Garden show

Falling into ruins: The details that make up a garden are the pieces that set the scene. Plants are a given, they go in a garden, but how you design elements around them helps  finish the story. I have always had a weakness for ruins in the garden. I think hugging ancient stone during a…

Steal This (part 2) 2012 Northwest Flower and Garden Show

...water features are a lifestyle choice. In the design process of the 2012 Northwest Flower and Garden show display garden, one of the concepts that was immediately given to me was a very natural water feature of tumbling rock, after all, I was working with “Mark the Pond Guy.” The rest of the garden was…

Steal this…2012 Northwest Flower and Garden show

We all know that display gardens at flower shows are a bit of theater in the midst of all that horticultural giddiness. Plant nerds almost hate to admit it (it’s all about the plants right?) but we go to the show to be entertained too. Give me an emotional response, not just a stone patio…

Garden Resolutions

I don't make New Year's resolutions. I really tend to think about how I can better something... in manageable chunks. Not a one liner that sets me up for discouragement.   For all gardeners, hope springs eternal and thinking about what we want to do in the garden feeds that hope that continually filters through the seasons to come. As we begin the new…

Green Graffiti

Green quote of the day: "If nothing else, reuse is all about having fun. Yes, it conserves energy. Yes, it's an appropriate response to the wastefulness of our disposable times. It can even be seen as an act of sedition, undermining the status quo. But mostly, it's about having fun. We get to bring imagination…

Earthwise!

We don't see salvage...we see possibilities!  The adventure continues as we are in the final countdown before building the garden at the Northwest Flower and Garden show. Earthwise in Seattle!  Gotta love this place.   Re-characterization is around every corner. Windows, old metal signs, heater vents, radiators, architectural columns, we could go crazy picking out things,…

Paradise (to be) Regained…borrowing Thoreau

Green quote of the day:  "A mind is a terrible thing to waste, but waste is a terrific thing to mind." - "The Green Book" by Elizabeth Rogers and Thomas M. Kostigen      So here's the background on my garden.     I have attended the Northwest Flower and Garden show since 2003, but my first true…