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Gardening in the Rainy Zone.
Northwest Flower and Garden Show 2012
by Debbie Teashon
It’s another season of flower shows. The sun has shown for a few days; we are all itching to get back out in the garden and dig the earth. Something about that golden orb hanging low in the sky brings a song to a gardener’s heart. This year the Northwest Flower and Garden Show brings us “A Floral Symphony” of 27 display gardens, themed to marry music with the sounds of nature.
Teams of designers and landscapers—some of the top creative individuals in our region—once again bring us the garden as theatre. The preview this morning lives up to expectations—trumpet fountains, sculptures, water features to name a few, all created in perfect harmony to entertain us and show us endless possibilities we can compose in our own gardens.
The first garden that caught my eye was Peter and the Wolf—A Landscape Symphony. Instruments created in glass, and placed around the garden, represent the many characters of Prokofiev’s symphony.
Peter and the Wolf — A Landscape Symphony
Created by Fancy Plants Gardens, Inc.
The arbor is rustic; on its sides are framed glassworks that depict the characters and the instrument that represents them in the symphony. A close-up of the panels follows below.
This small building represents the Grandfather’s house in the story. In real life it could represent a potting shed, office or wonderful studio space in the garden.
I could see myself sitting on this rustic bench sipping my tea, watching the morning sun coax the moisture to rise up and greet the day.