Garden show honors local businesses for their displays

  • Herald staff
  • Wednesday, February 15, 2006 9:00pm
  • Life

The Northwest Flower &Garden Show in Seattle – the third-largest show if its kind in North America – honored numerous local businesses for their work as official display garden creators at the five-day event last weekend.

Each of the 24 show gardens, judged on how well they ultimately met design objectives, earned either a gold, silver, bronze or crystal award.

Some garden creators received extra honors, such as the gold-medal winning Christianson’s Nursery and Greenhouse of Mount Vernon, which won the Founder’s Cup for being “the most overall meritorious exhibit” as well as the Pacific Horticulture Magazine Award and the People’s Choice Award.

Even the garden creators themselves voted Christianson’s garden, “The Joy of Lost Time,” the best overall.

NorthWest Bloom EcoLogical Landscapes of Mill Creek, under the hands of owner, first-time show garden designer and Rat City Rollergirl Jessi Bloom, won a gold medal for a native plant display featuring a large weathered stump (not driftwood as previously stated).

DreamScapes of Lynnwood, driven by first-time show garden creator Andrew Levandosky, earned a silver medal, along with Fancy Fronds of Gold Bar and Pacific Stone Co. of Everett, both longtime show exhibitors.

Pamela Richards Garden Design of Seattle, who partnered with a new Whidbey Island nursery -Chocolate Flower Farm of Langley – also won a silver medal.

B. Bissell General Contractors of Snohomish, who partnered with Le Jardin Home, Garden and Ranch Design of Seattle, won a gold medal, while Garden Dreams Design of Mountlake Terrace earned a crystal medal.

This year’s judges included Laurie Olin and Ron Rule, both internationally acclaimed landscape architects, as well as Timothy Walker, the director of the University of Oxford Botanic Garden.

Reporter Sarah Jackson: 425-339-3037 or sjackson@heraldnet.com.

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