Northwest Flower and Garden Show 2013
From Romance to Murder and Into the West
Three film genres, as well as three-designs-in-one was Washington Association of Landscape Professionals interpretation of the garden show’s theme The Silver Screen Takes Root. As I walked around the three-designs-in-one garden I was transported from the classic black and white film, to the old Westerns and finally the Romance.
I swear on the first day when I photographed the garden at the preview, the body was not present. But the next day a woman was flat on the ground surrounded by broken glass, a knife and a pool of blood. I was nervous seeing her on the ground motionless—motionless in the way I am after a long day of gardening. Upon questioning one of the perpetrators... er designers, he swore the body was there on that first preview day, but he remains a suspect in my book. The hardscape was great, from furnishings to flooring, and it was surrounded by a wonderful palette of plants all selected for white blossoms or dark foliage, such as the black mondo grass (Ophiopogon ‘Nigrescens’).
As I walked around the corner, I was transported into the arid West. Skulls of cattle signified the hostile, arid landscapes depicted in most Western films. In this case, the drought tolerant plant material such as Yucca, rosemary and strawberry trees looked fabulous, instead of hostile. Fantastic touches abounded. A horseshoe welcome sign and stick hobby horses tied up at the watering trough provided perfect comedy.
Going around the corner again brought me into a romantic garden scene with sweeps of pink tulips and fragrant Daphnes and Hyacinths. A gazebo—covered in moss and fragrant vines—is the focal point of this garden and the perfect setting for a leading man to romance his leading lady: a picture-perfect way for me to end a walk around the garden of It’s All in the Movies.
Display Garden: It's All in the Movies.
Washington Association of Landscape Professionals.
Looking Glass Designt
Designed by Lloyd Glasscock and Jeff Carroll.
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