First thing I saw, walking into the show, was this flower arrangement. I always head straight for the display gardens, but they were a disappointment this year. This being the first year that the show was not sponsored by OAN, I give it a pass for first time out. The advertising was practically non-existant and I heard from one of the presenters that info was late and sparse.
Camera remained in the off position until I came across this booth. The exterior of these vases are glass and metal, with a plexiglass insert to hold stems in place. They come in many sizes.
The whole display was elegant. I loved the use of materials not always thought of as the stuff of arrangements.
The slim profile allows these asparagus spears to line up like good little soldiers.
I was not prepared to spend upwards of $70 on the spot, but I did pick up a card for future reference. Find this Seattle company at Stems Vases.
Seeing this astounding arrangement had me kicking myself for having missed a seminar by Riz Reyes called ‘Seasonal Floral Arrangements for Any Season’. I won’t make that mistake again if ever I get the chance.
Just look at the unusual assembly of cascading dark hellebores, the blooms of fatsia and a silvery tillandsia, among other things.
At the other end of the table sat a slightly more traditional bouquet, but even here there were elements of surprise.
I didn’t miss out entirely, as I was just coming from a talk on ‘Trees for Northwest Gardens’ by Sean Hogan of Cistus Nursery fame. The seminars have always been highlights of this show, along with running into gardening friends. I’m glad to say that has not changed. It is possible that my fascination with the flower arrangements at the show is a result of a new focus brought about by Cathy and her ‘In A Vase on Monday’ meme. Click on over there to see what it’s all about.