Yesterday I attended the last day of the Northwest Flower and Garden Show with my oldest daughter Sweet Pea. The theme this year was 'A Floral Symphony'. As usual we enjoyed looking at the many large display gardens, wondering how they were able to get some of the large trees, boulders and other things set up. I think one day I'd like to be there during the set up process. We were lucky enough to meet up with fellow bloggers Alison (Bonney Lassie), Paula and her mother (Petunia's Garden) and Kylee (Our Little Acre). Nothing like chatting with other people that love gardening the same way I do.
I will say that I really enjoyed the couple of gardens with the vegetable gardens since that is what we are focusing on this year. I'm not sure whether I noticed a theme this year with the designs (other than the music one). There were lots of bulbs, lots of conifers and lots of Hellebores.
I thought I'd just share some of my favorite parts of the display
gardens and rather than describe each one just let you enjoy.
The lighting was dim which makes someone with my lack of photography skills have a difficult time really capturing the colors. I would say that the theme part of the show seems to take away from the gardens for me, even though I am a huge music lover, the music to me in a garden is the sound of bees buzzing and birds singing. But it still was an amazing show and I really loved it. After our tour of the gardens we wandered through the plant market and all of the other vendors. There is a great variety of things being sold. I wish I had an endless supply of money to buy all the things I wanted. One of my favorites were these cool metal owl sculptures, they had them displayed on the top of a pergola. I wish I would've gotten pictures of them.
We came home with a glass pond float, cute cement bunny for the Littlest Gardener, a 'Sunshine Blue' blueberry bush and one miniature rose that Sweet Pea insisted she "needed". (Uh oh, she really sounds like a true gardener doesn't she?)
Truthfully though, the best part of the day was spending some quality time with Sweet Pea!
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