Destinations: Gardens of the World at the Northwest Flower and Garden Festival

Friday, February 22, 2019

Gardens of the World 
Northwest Flower and Garden Festival 
Washington State Convention Center 

February 20-24, 2019 

Text by Victoria Gilleland 
Photos by Steven H. Robinson

Enjoy an Around the World Journey to fabulous show gardens at this year’s Flower and Garden Festival. Display gardens bring together colorful plant combinations, hardscape features and art…. natural and manmade. A nod to cultures from around the world can be enjoyed in each garden.

Mystic Garden

The showstopper garden for me is “Mystic Garden” by Nature Perfect Landscape and Design a stylized Sichuan-inspired Chinese Garden. This ‘Poet’s Garden’ has a unique Moon Gate Entrance with windows arranged around a secret garden. Stepping stones lead to a quiet pond and waterfall. A Gongshi or “Scholar’s Stone” is featured. These unusual time worn stones are said to have inspired China’s poets and painters. The plantings are simple and work beautifully with the natural hardscape elements and overall design. Select plants and stones have been loaned by the Seattle Chinese Garden in West Seattle.

Notting Hill

“Notting Hill….. A Modern English Garden” by Folia Horticultural + Design has created a distinctly British garden with an artsy London feel to it. The symmetrical design with upright yews, traditional box hedges and stainless steel globes that reflect light into the garden are masterfully incorporated. White flowering annuals and perennials match the reflection on the steel orbs, and they brighten the planting beds. Overall the design is sophisticated and elegantly understated.

“Escape to the Mountains” by Adam Gorski Landscapes, Inc. Salutes mountain ranges around the world….. Andes, Alps, Atlas, Himalayas, Pyrenees, Urals or our own Cascades. Mountains inspire with their rugged natural beauty and grandeur wherever we find them. An impressive natural stone waterfall and pond provides a serene focal point. The designer’s placement of large rocks, tall evergreen trees, and native plants gives us a sense of being in the wild. We can imagine a getaway to this mountain retreat to commune with nature.

There are 21 wonderful display gardens to enjoy. Something for everyone’s taste and interests. Don’t miss this opportunity to travel the world through a visit to spectacular display gardens at our 2019 Northwest Flower and Garden Festival! 

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