2017 Northwest Flower & Garden Show

Herbed Butter display garden

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.

Garden on Tap display garden

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.

Good Times, Great Food display garden

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.

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