It may not have felt much like spring on Thursday, February 23 as I drove to Seattle for the 2017 Northwest Flower & Garden Show. There was a bit of fresh snow on the ground as I drove down I-5 for my annual fix of gardening inspiration. I’ve been going to the NWFGS for 20 years, sometimes as a speaker but more often just to enjoy the display gardens.
The gardens are created by some of the Northwest’s finest garden designers. Every year there’s an element of theater, a touch of fantasy, a basket of inspiration, and always one plant that jumps out as being used in nearly every garden. This year’s ubiquitous plant was the winter-blooming shrub, Edgeworthia chrysantha or Paperbush.
The garden show is also a time to reconnect with old friends in the gardening business and to make a few new ones during an evening gathering of GWA: The Association of Garden Communicators members, some of whom are also garden designers.
Enjoy this video slideshow of the 2017 display gardens. It’s at a relaxed pace and runs about 16 minutes.
I photographed the gardens with my Canon 5D Mark III and a 25-105mm lens, processed the images lightly in Adobe Lightroom, then produced the video with the online service, Animoto.
The show runs through Sunday, February 26.