Welcoming all that can fly in, this natural garden is home to birds, bees, bugs, and even bats. It’s also populated with native and ornamental plants that are both beautiful and kind to the environment.
For a magical week in February, the Northwest Flower & Garden Show in Seattle, Washington offers everything garden enthusiasts could imagine, including an incredible line-up of speakers. This year we’ve scouted out a few we’re especially excited about.
As the promise of spring begins to unfold, the Northwest Flower & Garden Show in Seattle, Wash. will highlight “Art in Bloom” as the region’s top garden designers, horticulturists, and artists showcase their passion through a number of exhibits, a floral competition and a full acre of show gardens that are sure to inspire for the coming months.
Wanting to create a garden with native plants to support and invite wildlife, Michael Farndale of Bothell, Wash. transforms his “old school” grassy front yard into a thriving Zen-like retreat which requires minimum work, all while offering an array of plants, meditation space, and a sculptural fountain to be enjoyed virtually year round.
In 2001, Sue Ingram’s world was rocked. Her husband was admitted to the hospital in a near coma from diabetes, an event which was to have lifelong implications for his health. To find peace through her pain, and to create a place of rest and revival to help him heal, she turned to gardening on her Kennewick, Washington property.
In the mid-1950s, when Ione and Emmott Chase broke ground on a parcel of former logging land, their intent was simply to build a place to retire in the western Washington terrain they’d known and loved all their lives. They never thought it would become a celebrated public garden, but the 4.5 acres they referred to as their “yard” now welcomes visitors from April through October and has been identified as an outstanding example of regional modernist design that’s well worth preserving.
Ione and Emmott Chase's home in Washtington State was meant to be a simple place to retire, but tending the 4.5 acre "yard" became a passion for them both. Now, more than half a century later, it is an inspiration for all gardeners.
Spend Valentine’s Day hand-in-hand amongst alluring flowers at the 2015 Northwest Flower & Garden Show in Seattle February 11 through 15. With the theme of “Romance Blossoms,” the displays and atmosphere is sure to capture your eye, and your heart.