As we continue the tour of the
Northwest Flower and Garden Show
at the Seattle Convention Center,
the first garden we will explore
is called the 'Steampunk' Garden.
You can find an explantion
of the term 'Steampunk',
This is a growing movement
in Seattle (and elsewhere) and has evolved into
a sort of retro-futuristic style
of what the industrial era might
have envisioned for the future,
using steam powered engines!
I know......strange......, although
I am sure you have seen this style
in home decorating trends.
I call it 'Back to the Future'!
Right away we notice the garden shed
with submarine style portholes in the roof.
The lighting was tinted, which distorts things
a bit, but we see a flowering viburnum and
some narissus in the foreground.
I like the diamond paned windows,
the arched double doors,
and the hayrack window planter.
The scalloped roofing, porthole
windows, and telescoping pergola
add a nautical feel.
I can see this in a garden by the sea.
A recycled grinding stone
adds interest to the retaining wall.
I like the pink tulips with
the purple hyacinths.
One of the main features of this garden,
was the fantastical water fountain.
This fountain was made of a large musical
instrument (a tuba?), copper tubing,
and salvaged, miscellaneous junk,
along with many gears,
wheels and moveable parts,
propelled by the water's path.
Later, when perusing the vendor booths,
we found these for sale in many different
configurations and sizes.
The other main feature of this garden was the large
clock, also made with many gears
and salvaged industrial parts.
The bright, colorful plantings added
to the imaginative setting.
Large slabs of stone anchor this garden
to the site.
Of course we can't forget to provide for the fairies!
The next garden we will explore is what I call the 'Recycled Garden'.
Right away we notice the tall spires of crates
that form recycled garden sculpture for housing bees!
This garden uses lovely shades of rose, lavender, gray and blue
in an informal setting.
A small rock-lined water feature sits to the left.
Colorful birdhouses, pots and a reclaimed wood shed
give this garden charm.
Nature collages (insect hotels) add artistic creativity
to the crate bee towers
and front of building.
There are many delightful details, such as the stone birdhouse,
the heart on the door, and the informal stone path.
This garden shed looks very inexpensive to build
and would add character to a country setting.
A side view showing the pretty gardens
and interesting nature collages (insect and bee hotels).
We found these for sale at one of the vendor booths.
Recycled windows provide a backdrop to a bird bath
nestled among tulips, heather, and lily of the valley.
Tulips everywhere! So pretty with the grape hyacinth.
The large ceramic pots and colorful watering cans
are so bright and cheerful.
A large driftwood bench nestles among lush plantings.
Notice the colorful water bottles?
They are 'keeping it real'.
The liberal use of dwarf evergreens
guarantees this garden would look
nice year round.
Having the large stacks of crates would be wonderful
for spring planting. :)
The last garden we will view today won 'Best in Show'
for its amazing lunar lighting feature.
It was difficult to photograph the lunar details,
but it looked just like the face of the moon
with an owl in flight.
A rather wild landscape frames this garden with red barberry, evergreens,
white birch and woodland plantings, along with rose and white flowers.
The main feature of this garden was this Scandinavian
The backside of the building was framed with
lovely white flowers.
I love the traditional Scandinavian detail.
I hope you enjoyed exploring these beautiful gardens with me!
In the next installment, we will take a look at
a Shabby Chic Garden, a Picnic Garden,
and a Woodland Gazebo Garden.
I hope you will join me!