Between appointments and lunches this week, we squeezed in a day at our favorite garden show of the year, and a chance to experience Spring in all of it's glory.
This show features large display gardens produced by Northwest designers and nurseries. They are loaded with interesting plants, structures, and artistic pieces. The theme of this year's show was America the Beautiful. Here are some of the 23 gardens.
( I didn't take my camera because I wasn't really going to spend much time on photography this year, but then I found I couldn't resist, so these photos are taken with my iPhone 5. Therefore they are not the best and some are not so sharply focused. Sorry about that.)
I do love glass in the garden. Here the glass was the garden.
The Arboretum Foundation created a walk in the woods, PNW style.
A fire look out tower crowned this floriferous mountain top.
Mosaic art adorned this English country garden.
Lighting provided the color in this pond setting.
The title of this garden was "From Sea To Shining Sea", or from Coupeville on Whidbey Island in the west to Nantucket in the east.
Dan Robinson of Elandan Gardens is a bonsai master and always creates masterpieces of stone and scrupled plant life.
Want to buy a rock? That small one on the left is only 1500 pounds. I like the bench and the layered stone.
This fun garden featured giant plastic pots that were lighted in their bases to create a colorful glow.
This grand prize winner, titled The Mini Tetons, was a masterpiece of scale and perception.
Honoring our great Southwestern National Parks, this desert garden featured wonderful hot/dry climate plants.
In contrast, we jump to the "12th Hole at Augusta National".
And then we are off to Alaska and streams filled with salmon.
The Orchid Society presented"An Eruption of Orchids".
This one smelled like chocolate!
Of course the eruption featured a volcano, in honor of Hawaii's Volcano National Park.
I don't remember the name of this garden, but we were amazed by the surface of this deck, with cut-to-fit slabs of cedar.
See the USA in...your own back yard, complete with camper trailer and outdoor kitchen.