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Northwest Flower & Garden Show-Trend Watch 2011 March 2, 2011

The 2011 Northwest Flower and Garden Show has just closed until next year and we already miss the colors, fragrance and warmth we got to experience for the 5 day marathon of Seattle Gardening-Palooza! Of course the gardens were wondrous with the inspired show theme “Once Upon A Time”, how could they not be?

Everyone's favorite image of the show theme from the display "Alice In Wonderland"

But what about the garden design trends? That’s what I want to see for 2011!

The trend watch for 2011 gardens is in full swing. Some of the things I noted at the show were already at ground swell point in a few places last year, but they went really big this year.

Night gardens and moodiness in the garden were HUGE at the show. D-4 Collective

Of course sustainable and Eco-friendly gardens are still a big deal! Re-characterization of old pieces, such as antiques and building materials were all-stars of the show.

Paradise (to be) Regained, Courtney Goetz

The Lusher Life Project

Cottage and Asian style are still trending, and they were very popular at the show!

Christianson's Nursery

Arboretum Foundation

I can’t let this post go by without a shout out to my Container Garden display! I partnered with Janit Calvo of Two Green Thumbs Miniature Garden Center. We are SO proud of the fact that we NOT ONLY participated in the show theme, which is NOT easy on a small platform, but it represented the trend shown in the movie “Eat, Pray, Love” of Indonesian style mixed with colorful world themes.

Many show attendees came to me and said that the container displays were their favorite part of the show. They felt like we really kicked it up a notch and showed what can be done in small spaces.

"Eat, Pray, Love, Garden" A little bit of Italy, India and Indonesia!

Garden art was abundant at the show in all of it’s myriad of forms.  Glass, ceramic, wood, metal were the big formats for art this year, where as a few years back I noted LOTS of mosaics as the big highlights.

The simplicity of this little glass piece had me entranced!

The tones of pomegranate in this glass by artist Barbara Sanderson of Glass Gardens NW, paired with the rich plums and purples in this garden design were magical.

Succulents and verticals were another couple of really big trends that I saw amped up this year. A few more posts may be necessary on those!

For a an overall review of the Northwest Flower and Garden Show, please take a look at these great blog post from garden writer Susan Morrison on her Blue Planet Garden BlogTimber Press and another wonderful garden writer, Rebecca Sweet on her blog Gossip In The Garden. I’m sure there are a tidal wave of more fantastic blog posts coming out soon about the show. Meanwhile I’ll be working on more posts on  the trends I saw!

I hope you enjoyed my take on it, leave a comment!

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16 Responses to “Northwest Flower & Garden Show-Trend Watch 2011”

  1. Sue Goetz Says:

    I love the photo of the garden. Totally one of the most unique shots of it. Never knew those pillars could reflect so beautifully…and then again it has much to do with the talented photographer! Thanks!

  2. Bren Says:

    Great shares from a FABULOUS SHOW!

  3. I think you did a great job capturing highlights of such a huge show! Thanks for the memories!

    • personalgardencoach Says:

      You’re welcome Barbara. There sure was a lot to see, and I have just begun documenting it all. :-) Thank you!

  4. Wonderful shares of #NWFGS I’ve been waiting for the creative talent to start to share with us Thank You, Annie

  5. Kathy Juracek Says:

    You take such wonderful photo’s. Your container garden was just beautiful, I want it all.!

  6. It was a great show! I’m really glad I got the opportunity to attend. And I’m with you – the container gardens were one of my favorite parts. Congratulations on a job well done to you and Janit!

  7. [...] the north, was a tropical delight co-designed by my friends miniature enthusiast friend Janit and container-brilliant Christina. To the south, Mari was flanked by delightful DIG. What I found most thrilling about being in this [...]

  8. JanitC Says:

    Lovely! Thanks Christina! You’ve captured some great moments!

  9. Riz Reyes Says:

    Congrats on a fabulous display! So great to meet you in person, finally!

  10. Hi Coach, What a great report on the garden show! Really wanted to be there and meet the Coach in person, but alas, traveling had me out-of-town. Next year for sure! Thanks for your blog and all the great ideas!

  11. Great photos from an awesome show! The “Eat, Pray, Love” garden was cool!

  12. [...] idea of the flavor of the garden show, check out the pictures from last year’s show over at The Personal Garden Coach or Blue Wheelbarrow’s semi-serious beginner’s guide to the show from last year. Like [...]


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