Thursday, February 21, 2013

Best (Garden-related) Ideas

Inspiration from the 2013 Yard, Garden & Patio Show
Moon window and garden designed by
P. Annie Kirk, Red Bird Restorative Gardens
Hamamelis x intermedia Arnold Promise
trained into tree form
Visiting garden shows is like viewing a microcosm of the nursery and landscape design can see what’s hot, trendy and inspirational. The Yard, Garden & Patio Show, presented by Dennis' Seven Dees Landscaping & Garden Centers, takes four days to set up, three days to enjoy and one day to clear the show from the convention center. (To see a time lapse video of the Showcase Gardens set up, click here.) Kym Pokorny, garden writer for The Oregonian, thought the use of metal was the top trend at the show. It’s true; you could find metal everywhere, from rusted steel art and edging to accents in miniature gardens. I would have to say the top plant was witch hazel (Hamamelis); their sweetly scented spidery blooms were everywhere.

Here are some of the many "best ideas" I noticed at the show:

Best idea #1 – Creating intimate spaces
Dennis' Seven Dees Landscaping & Garden Centers floating deck created a grotto-like effect.
Photo courtesy of Kym Pokorny, The Oregonian
Best idea #2 – Creating spaces to share with family and friends

The inviting Urban Edible Garden, created
by Carol Senna, Melingo Studio Landscape Design,
had everything one needs to entertain, from table to pizza oven
Best idea #3 – Creating places for children to play and engage with nature

Created by Iftikhar Ahmed, Treeline Designz,
cascading LED lights mimiced the shape of the
weeping willow and fascinated children and adults!
Photo courtesy of Kym Pokorny, The Oregonian
Best idea #4 – Using colorful vegetables in garden beds and among ornamental plants

Best idea #5 – Spaces for relaxation
Relaxation at its best. Swinging bed
designed by L. Meyer Design and built
by JP Stone Contractors
Best idea #6 – Creative uses for found materials

Another Carol Senna inspired touch,
using a branch as a door handle and
reclaimed windows to create a mini
greenhouse/potting shed
Time consuming but effective,
Autumn Leaf Landscaping created an
edging mosaic using slices of branches
This was the most creative water
feature at the show! Old Weber BBQs
were crafted into a fountain.
Designed by Linda Meyer.

Best idea #7 – Creating mini garden vignettes
Aspen Creek Landscaping used this
mini-scape to break up a large paved area

Best idea #8 – Using Great Plant Picks as a resource to find plants that perform well in the maritime northwest (and a new resource,, to learn about the health and environmental benefits of plants)

If you were able to attend the Yard, Garden & Patio Show, or any other garden show, please share your “Best of...” moments.

1 comment:

  1. I like the moon window and the webber bbqs the best. Whilst I think that most of these garden design shows feature ideas that are unrealistic for the average person they sure are nice to look at and dream.