The Northwest Flower and Garden Show presented a remarkable variety of show gardens. But the displays that impressed us the most were the ones that portrayed powerful messages about how life, leisure and gardens come together in perfect harmony.
The 425 magazine Editor’s Pick was given to Pictures at a Northwest Exhibition – Rhapody in Green. This was a garden for the rainy Pacific Northwest. Examples of runoff mitigation included a rain garden, wetland roof, cistern, and slope restoration. But the charm of the garden came from its use of recycled, ordinary things. A little tower of old cans full of empty pen caps was meant to operate as an insect hotel. Beyond the playfulness and practicality of the garden, the theme was embedded into the space. Little music notes decorated the walkway and water streamed down a set of brass horn instruments.