For years now one of my personal highlights of the Northwest Flower & Garden Show has been the City Living "gardens" on the skybridge between the two main halls. The small displays (6ft x 12ft) are meant to represent an apartment, or condo, balcony — urban gardens. Some of the most creative ideas and inspired garden vignettes of the show are typically located here. So imagine my surprise when I walked onto the skybridge and saw this...
Cakes? But where are the gardens? Okay yes, the theme of the show was Taste of Spring, and the cakes do have a decorative floral element to them. But this display ate into the space normally given over to the small gardens. I was not happy. Was this an attempt to fill space, because there weren't enough City Living entries this year? Or did they accept less entries because they decided we should eat cake? I hope this is not a permanent feature. Or if it is they find it a new home next year. Okay, rant over...
Someone (LUC Custom Bakery) had the cojones to put spiky "opuntia pads" on their cake. Now that I can respect.
Moving on to the actual garden displays, this one, from Ma Petite Gardens, wins the prize for making me appreciate something I typically dislike...
I am no fan of the Heuchera, usually....
But the real problem with me would typically be the finish on this container. I dislike that pocked glaze, it reminds me of an unfortunate skin condition. Here though, with the plants chosen, it looked fabulous. And yes I even liked the Heuchera.
The colors used throughout the display were calming and yet full of spring's promise.
The red tulips were a little jarring. But there was a matching burst of red on the opposite side.
Besides, they went with the Chianti, although I noticed it was already gone, and it was only 10:30 am!
I thought this idea, from Natures Tapestry Landscapes was an interesting one.
Although it needs a little refining to really make me happy.
This was my favorite of the City Living displays this year, done by Rocky Bay Garden Creations.
There was a lot to take in!
With labels hanging from forks (clever).
I love the Sansevieria (I think) kokedama, resting in the stone container with fins.
So many details...
Unfortunately I got so involved in chatting with Patricia Ruff, the creator of the display, that I completely forgot to take photos of this wall! Luckily I spotted these on Facebook, taken by Cherry Ong, and she gave me permission to use them.
Thanks Cherry! And thanks Patricia, for keeping this part of the NWFG Show interesting this year!
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