Last week, I had the opportunity to chaperone a group of high schoolers on a field trip. Some of you might call that a nightmare rather than a dream, but it was truly a joy exploring the Northwest Flower and Garden Show with Baby Girl and her FFA club.
To be honest, the kids went off on a scavenger hunt searching for highlights their teacher picked out, while the chaperones were able to wander at their leisure. We did meet up in the middle, so BG could share her favorite finds including herbal tinctures, goat cheese, air plants, and wood inlay mirrors. We brought home a little of everything but the mirrors–those were out of my price range. It was fun to share in my daughter’s excitement.
Here are a few of my favorite things from the garden show, so you too can share in the excitement. I don’t know how many will find their way home, but a girl can dream.
Waiting for the show to open, I saw this lovely, organic arbor.
Just down the walkway, I found another arbor with a more modern feel. This might go better with our house; I like the simple clean lines.
Once we got inside, I saw this beauty. Maybe we could have an arbor that mimics the roof-line.
Do we need an arbor?
Where would we put it?
Outside the boiler room, because everybody wants to sit by the boiler.
OK, maybe I haven’t thought this all through, but these are just pie in the sky dreams, right? I can daydream about a massive stone fountain…
Gorgeous garden art…
And a beautiful tiered lawn with a lovely seating area.
I truly am a practical person, and I did come away with a few doable ideas. While the fountain may be a dream, the MR’s folks bought us a bell they’re delivering this summer, and we can make sure it’s set out with the proper amount of pomp. While those lovely blown glass decorations would be demolished by the dogs if we put them out in the flowerbeds, they would fair better in large pots by the front door.
We don’t need a water feature/dog bath, but terracing the lawn between the deck stairs and the vegetable garden would make it easier to navigate and could look amazing. And I did see this sweet tower that would make a lovely bean trellis for my vegetable garden in lieu of a fancy arbor.
So while I can’t invest in all the art and arbors at the moment, I can bring some ideas home to ponder.
I loved the plants and textures shown in the display gardens. The contrast of the dogwood and heath was gorgeous.
I took pictures of the plant tags, so I could try to replicate the look. A screen of bamboo between us and the neighbors would hide the wild blackberry vines.
Baby Girl thought we could use a few of these colorful spinners in the meadow.
If we add one here and there, maybe they’d keep the dear away, and this time of year, the meadow could stand a little color.
We woke to snow blanketing the valley yesterday, so I have a while before I need to get started on any of these ideas, but it’s fun to dream.
Where do you get your inspiration?