Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Northwest Flower and Garden Show - Part II

Hello, Dear Friends, thank you for joining me 
at the Northwest Flower and Garden Show 
at Seattle's Convention Center 
on a cold and gray February day.

We will now go inside the gates of the main show
to be transported to a mythical world of garden dreams.......

This display includes a 'bee friendly' garden
in 'bee' colors!

The yellow and black garden shed is particularly charming.

The main gate to this display was fashioned 
from iron in a honeycomb design. 
Can you see the little 'bee' at the bottom? 

I love the classical urns on either side. 

We peek over the planters,  
filled with mini-daffodils, white azalea and rosemary,
 to the seating area on the 'patio'. 
Let's take a closer look.....

Farm tables and a dining set are 
re-purposed for this outdoor display. 

We can imagine a delightful party....perhaps a birthday
celebration complete with cake and refreshments. 

Large stones line the edges of the patio. 

Another view showing the large camellias surrounding 
the seating area. 

Animal troughs are used as perimeter planters 
with espaliered fruit trees, still in dormancy. 
The gray artemisia mimic the silver tones. 

A wider view including the garden shed. 

White candy-tuft, yellow pansies and tulips, along with blooming rosemary,
 which makes wonderful honey!

A view from the far side of the shed include bee houses.
The tulips are lovely. 

A glass door cupboard on the side 
of the garden shed holds supplies. 
Notice the jars of honey.......

I like the vintage wash-tub planter. 
Tiny spring bulbs spill over the pavers.

This Asian themed garden display is quite lovely.

Kobe, Japan is Seattle's first and oldest Sister City
Seattle has 21 Sister Cities of mutual understanding
and friendship. You can learn more about this by
clicking on the link.

Seattle, of course, sits along the Pacific Rim
and has a large Asian population which influences
 this beautiful style.

A simple timber structure rests on stones in a shallow
reflection pond.
Beautiful bonsai are features of this peaceful garden display.

A rustic, artful, low table allows for a meditative place
for tea.

More lovely and ancient bonsai
are featured on wood and stone slab pedestals.
The gardens consist of low-growing green plants and grasses.

I like the wood burl planter :)

A school of ceramic blue carp swim among
boulders near tiny blue iris.

More miniature blue iris grow beneath
 an impressive Japanese Maple,
still in dormancy.

This pretty display was my favorite.

I love its rustic simplicity.

The table is set for a small celebration - perhaps an anniversary
or a birthday.

The woodland setting is typical of the Northwest.

We can see the details of the pretty table-setting here.

A small patio allows a level surface in the woodland clearing.

I like the rustic bar.

Tree poles support romantic string lights.

A rustic arbor in the background is draped with twinkle lights.

I love the large lanterns.

A waterfall on the right provides lovely sound.

So pretty, framed by simple flower beds and boulders.


I hope you found some inspiration here, dear friends!
Next time I will show you the rest of the show.



  1. How lovely, Karen...such a fun day! I love the Asian themed design and woodland decor. Beautiful!

  2. Karen,
    What a treat to see all of this beautiful eye candy!!!
    Thanks again for taking us along with you!! Beautiful pictures!!

  3. So many inspirational garden pretties to be seen here, Karen. I think if I were to visit this garden show, it would take me several days to drink it all in. A most amazing place to visit. A wonderful place to gain ideas for the home and garden. Gorgeous photos you have captured.

  4. I have scrolled up and down a couple of times so that I could take in some of the little details. A wonderful show, a joy to be able to share it with you.

  5. I love the chunky table in the last display piled high with candles and flowers for the celebration. There are some great ideas here. X

  6. Wow Karen the displays are amazing,how lucky you got to see it all,lots of wonderful ideas xx

  7. Beautiful pictures,dear Karen!Thanks for the tour!Hugs,Maristella.

  8. It all looks so very beautiful. Thanks for taking us around. I must admit mine doesn't look that pretty. I'm not a very good gardener. I think I might do a lot more flowers this year - mainly in pots. Maybe I can save something from the deer lol

  9. Karen, thank you for taking us to the Garden Show! I feel as if I've had a mini vacation, which is just what I needed this week!

  10. So so much to be inspired by here, Karen. Love that old washtub, too. These new trends are making pieces like that real pricey! Glad you were able to enjoy the show and show us what you saw. Hope your week is going well.

  11. What a nice show Karen! That honeycomb gate with the bee was really neat.

    Thanks for sharing ~ FlowerLady

  12. If I could find an animal trough like that I would really consider buying it! The plants look terrific in it and it's deep enough you could plant some larger things and have good root room. And I especially love the Japanese styled photos. How wonderful to salute the Sister City in this way.

  13. And PS -- thanks for the lovely comment on our Mister "One"derful! Yes, we love him to bits!

  14. This is one of the prettiest posts I've read all winter! Didn't realize how ready I am for spring until I read your post today. I missed part one so heading there for more inspiration.

  15. Karen, this post was just what I needed for today, a very cold, rainy, and windy day here. Spring flowers are just what is needed..Happy Thursday and thanks for your kind visit..Judy

  16. Ah, to dream of such a perfect garden setting!

  17. Hello dearest Karen! Finally popping in to catch up. I LOVE when you share these posts of the flower and garden show. I eat up every photo and idea! Lol Thanks for sharing them. I think my favorite is the "30th celebration" one too. I love the rustic setting and details - perfect for the northwoods too. ;)
    Hope you have a blessed weekend ahead. Keep thinking Spring thoughts...I know I sure am! Lol xoxo

  18. What a wonderful exhibition. Lovely to look through your photos as I see snow outside. Roll on spring :) B x

  19. Here I am to add a little touch of Asia to your comments only to find you have found a big touch of Asia already lol! I absolutely adore a good Flower show, this one looks rather spectacular, thank you for sharing, I'd glad I stopped by for a cup of Japanese Green tea to find a spot of tranquility in your Zen garden!
    Hugs Wren x

  20. I wish I could have the garden shed complete with plantings in my back yard---I've considered the idea of stock watering tubs as planters.

  21. A feast for the eyes. I am so ready for Spring.
    xx Beca

  22. So many neat things, may have even inspired a card :) My favorite is the bee garden, that gate is just too cool and I love the planters on either side!!

  23. I absolutely love garden shows, you never know what you're going to see and get so many ideas to try at home.

  24. Karen, I love everything rustic. Those tables are so beautiful but I don't know how well they would hold up in the worst of weather. Such gorgeous flowers!

  25. I truly enjoyed each bit of this visit to marvelous garden show dear Karen!!!

    everything is elegantly arranged and flourished .
    i was not aware that settle is great friend of Japan.
    i liked the asian garden so much ,tables and plants are so pretty!
    fantastic show indeed


Thank you for stopping by! Your comments are important to me and are very much appreciated. xx Karen

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...