Sunday, February 22, 2009

Northwest Flower and Garden Show

So you were thinking this was going to be a post exclusively about all things garden show right? Well not quite. Let's start out with the Crepes! Yes I said Crepes! I was hungry when I arrived at the Washington State Convention Center in downtown Seattle and the smell of La Creperie Voila was wafting down the street.

Nothing could have stopped me from ordering one! There was quite the little line, so I had plenty of time to make my decision. I thought the smoked salmon one sounded good.

But ended up deciding on the swiss and cooked apples. MMMMMMMMMM. My little extrovert crepe master was quite willing to have her picture taken. She said she loves her job because it's like having her own stage.

Now with a little nourishment I was ready to head up to the show. What do you think greeted me in the first hall that I entered? Flowers you say? Try Quilts! And a few flowers too :-)

The detail on this one was amazing.

I really loved this grape one.

Hey someone didn't put a coaster under their drink!

I just love this little picket fence.

I had to get a closer look at the path. Neat huh?

On to the main hall. Although I don't think it was an official theme there was a lot of asian influence to be seen.

I really loved this round "window"

Can you believe this is inside?

The glass divider on the right was cool.

Orange seems to be in as well

How about one more theme for the day....MOSS! These walls were cool.

I have to show you just one more thing from the large garden displaysl. Did you ever see a forest growing in a convention hall? Watch this video on how the put one of the displays together.

On to the shopping! Window shopping that is.

There is never any shortage of glass around with Chihuly being from nearby Tacoma. There were at least 4 other booths with beautiful glass things. This "chandelier" really caught my eye.

I remembered these tiles from last year. I'd have liked the dragonfly.

Here's a cool use for those old glass platters collecting dust in your china cabinet.

I saw a few suns I would really have loved to add to my small collection

And I thought about a few of my cooking buddies.

Next I moved on across the sky bridge to the area where they sell plants. I love the view from this little bridge. If you squint real hard you can see Pikes Place Market.

There were more little garden vignettes on the bridge.

My favorites were these little miniature gardens. I MUST have one!

To give you some perspective here's another with Barbie's friend..or is it her little sister? Skipper?

The camera went in my bag soon after I entered this section of the show. Let's just say my hands were getting full!

Actually my haul was quite modest, but there were a few things I couldn't resist.

Here's a closer look at the pendant.

So I started the day with food..what better way to end it. I walked down a block or two to Pacific Place and up to the food court. I had an old fashioned burger at Johnny Rocket's.

Here are a few Links that you might enjoy:
Northwest Flower and Garden Show
Two Green Thumbs Miniature Garden Center
More of my pictures from the show


Debbie at Mountain Breaths said...

Suzy, you just took my breath away! I don't know how you could have showed the restraint that you did. But I agree, the pendant did need to go home with you. All I can say is wow, what a beautiful trip you had.

Joe and I are going to the Philadelphia garden show next week, and the theme is Bella Italia. Can't wait, the camera is ready :-)

Jayne said...

Suzy, wow is right! You are so lucky to have this fantastic show so near. I wish I had been there right along with you. I loved everything you shared and super way to start the day with crepes.

Marsha said...

This post took my breath away as well! How about a blogger buddies reunion next year with a day to tour the garden show? I loved your day from the crepe start to the burger end. That first quilt is breathtaking and then the little settings showcasing the quilts behind windows and doors left me almost speechless. I clicked each and every picture for the full size version. Just spectacular all of it. Do you mind if I save a few photos? I want to copy lots of things. I had planned on making a miniature fairy garden and have been collecting things for a year (but that was before a puppy joined the family) and I love the miniature square tile base. I am going to try and create that deadwood table base and of course those glass tray and jar bird feeders will be hanging under my shade tree this year. I loved each and every photo!

Cynthia said...

Suzy, WOW! ... Great post... I HAD to click on each picture.

First, the quilts are works of art, truly fantastic They give a whole new meaning to the word, quilting.

The glass feeders how ingenious. How pretty and sparkly they would look in sunlight.

The grape room --- the quilt, the floor tiles and the steppable plants... remarkable

I, too, love the round window with the plants growing right up to it or is it a trompe-l'oeil?

This post is sensory overload. ....I can imagine how gorgeous it was to be there. Thanks for sharing your day.

Foley said...

What a day trip!! All your photos were fantastic..blowing them up you can see every detail so perfectly!
I think you showed a good deal of restraint, much more than I would...the suns were so beautiful also..
LOL of you thinking of your cooking buddies!!!

Kathleen said...

That was fun! What a great field trip! I loved the quilts too.
I am going back for my second look...I know I missed a lot...
Looks like you had fun..
Great post..
See you at the party...

Suzy said...

Testing :-)

SusanQ said...

I am craving green and flowers so much after returning from vacation to 6 inches of new snow at home.

Your post is just what the doctor ordered, Suzy! How beautiful!

dishesdone said...

Wow, Suzy, what an awesome time! I loved the travelogue! and I love the pictures! Thanks for taking us all along, looks like you had an amazing time!

best post, really enjoyed it all!

Greg said...

What a great day you had! Seeing all that green makes me crave spring even more.

Suzy said...

So glad y'all enjoyed the show with me! It is a really cool place to visit..gets you geared up to start digging.

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