2009 Northwest Flower and Garden Show
Shall We Dance?
The garden is an island where every turn takes you to exotic places.
As the old English proverb says, "All good things must come to an end." And so the Northwest Flower and Garden Show is closing. However, there is still hope for it to continue. Duane Kelly, owner of the show, announced there are potential buyers; perhaps the door isn't closed quite yet. Another show may once again brighten our winter days, and bring us inspiration. It's hard to imagine winter without our beloved garden show.
This year's display gardens are as phenomenal as ever. One garden "Shall We Dance" sits in all its grandeur in the central area of the floor. Designed by Judith I. Jones and Vanca Lumsden, the garden is an island where every turn takes you to exotic places. The dance floor, that is central to the theme, is made out of recycled bamboo packing materials. You can almost envision Yul Brynner and Deborah Kerr whirling around the expansive floor in a fast paced waltz, straight out of the 1956 movie—The King and I.
The garden is accented by Awe Pottery and glass sculptures. Turn the corner and you're greeted by elephants guarding an exotic pavilion. Continue around the island and be greeted by a long rectangular pool of water and a line of pottery leading your eye to Buddha.
This is just one of the many display gardens that sprung up over the weekend for gardener's entertainment. The Washington State Convention Center in Seattle is filled to overflowing with flora eye candy and everything pertaining to gardening.
Information about the Northwest Flower and Garden Show.
All photographs © 2009. Rainy Side Gardeners.