I like to joke that Seattle’s Flower & Garden show is like a religious experience to us NW plant geeks. But I’m serious, really. I know people (myself included) who have spent many hours, days, an entire show (5 days), walking the aisles of vendors, debating garden goodies and must-haves. For me this year it was Rosie’s Garden Overalls. Made by women, for women. And they are PINK so you know I had to have them… Ah, I thought about them all day, and finally went back and committed. I am certain that, just like all the random Peonies and Lilies I buy at the show, that I will love them. At least I won’t need to transplant these..
This year was significantly different, however, in that Calluna’s was asked to participate in the show, and we did! I’ve been asked to design containers in the past, and to build a garden as well, but I’ve always declined. Too intimidating?
This year we were contacted by TreeLine Designz, out of Portland, OR, and asked to build a show design for them. The company’s principal, Iftikhar Ahmed, met with Keith and me, shared his very contemporary design, and I was in! It was great to do the show with someone who has done several already – Iftikhar’s experience was very helpful, and while we worked incredibly hard, and I was almost ready to panic – his calm about the process was contagious. Ultimately, we built an incredible garden, probably unlike any the show has ever seen. We received a silver medal, and the X-Factor Award for creativity in design. It gave me a wealth of ideas on how to use gabion baskets in a residential setting, and made me confident that I would ‘do it again.’
So, if you didn’t make it this year, we will probably see you next year.
At the show!