Thursday, February 27, 2020

The Northwest Flower and Garden Fest, Part 1 - A Visit to Hill Top Farm

When the NWFGF opened on Wednesday we were there, still tired and sore from all of our work in our own garden, but excited enough to press on. We had a treat in store for us.

Through another blog friend, my blogging habit was called to the attention of Christianson's Nursery. They contacted me to get my attention to the display garden they would be creating for the show. Christianson's Nursery is a favorite stop on our annual trek to see the tulips in the Sakgit Valley. I have featured their nursery on my blog, most recently here. It is a wonderful destination just on its own.

Well, the display garden this nursery presented to us was spell binding. For me it was a trip down memory lane, to old rural gardens of my childhood, and remembrances of years ago when more nurseries used to go all out with wonderfully naturalistic displays. Not only that, but it created images of Peter Rabbit and all of his little friends. You see, the garden was a recreated Hill Top Farm, the retreat of Beatrix Potter. 

And now I am going to inundate you with photos I couldn't stop taking, even as I finagled my way through the throngs of other onlookers. 

 Sorry about the blurry lady bug, but I had to acknowledge to their presence. Not wanting to be weighted down with a heavy camera, I just used my iPhone 8. Not bad for a little guy. 

There are just so many wonderful details and old stuff, it's like a treasure hunt. 

 Oh, Peter, you did nave a narrow escape! But don't those cabbages look good!

If you ever get to Sawrey Ambleside, County Cumbria, in England, you can visit Miss Potter's garden yourself. It is now part of the National Trust. 

Or you can just come to Seattle to see it. But hurry, it only lasts until Sunday. 

Better yet, go to Christianson's Nursery in the spring time. It's magical too.


  1. Your fame is spreading! AND that garden is charming. I am definitely going to make the spring trip to Seattle with my sister, but it won't happen this year.

  2. It would be a good time to read Beatrix Potter again.

  3. just beautiful blossoms everywhere...spring is coming!

  4. Thank you so much for all the wonderful pictures of this magical place. It is so beautiful, I can see why you couldn't stop taking more shots! :-)

  5. What a wonderful garden! And what a lot of work went into this excellent display.

  6. Excellent shots of the garden, Linda. We love Christianson's too and it is right down or up the road from us.

  7. Wow, that is amazing! To create it in a show would take immense effort. Thanks for sharing it with us!

  8. What amazing garden display and your phone takes great pictures. Would love to see the one in England also.

  9. What a lovely adventure!! :) Spring is there!

  10. Loved seeing this shot of spring time even if it is pretend.

  11. It’s all absolutely breathtakingly beautiful. I would love to go back to Seattle in spring.


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