Nature’s Studio

The 2014 Pacific Horticulture Award-Winning Garden at the NWFG Show

Nature's Studio takes  Pacific Horticulture magazine award at 2014 Northwest Flower & Garden Show.

“Nature’s Studio” wins Pacific Horticulture magazine award at 2014 Northwest Flower & Garden Show.

Nature’s Studio,” a collaborative effort by Washington State Nursery & Landscape Professionals—King County Chapter, and Washington Association of Landscape Professionals, designed by Kirsten Lints, CPH, of Gardens ALIVE Design, received the 2014 Pacific Horticulture Society award at this year’s Northwest Flower & Garden show for its fully-developed design and brilliantly executed craftsmanship. PHS judges particularly commended the makers on their scope of plants—from a tower of shiitake mushrooms (!) to a tapestry of fragrant winter blooming shrubs, perennials, and trees—for the way they evoked a sense of place that felt very grounded in a Pacific Northwest forest.

Massive boulders and sensitive rock work set off the naturalistic and pristine water feature.

Massive boulders and sensitive rock work set off the naturalistic and pristine water feature.

A pristine water feature replete with burbling waterfall, massive boulders, cedar snags and nurse logs, integrated with boldly-scaled rusty metal artwork led viewers around the fully 360-degree display completing a complicated but compelling narrative that convincingly drew viewers into a little slice of PNW abundance and belying the fact that outside the Washington State Convention Center temperatures were in the low 20s.

Another shot of the water feature reminding us we're indoors—no easy feat to pull off!

Another shot of the water feature reminding us we’re indoors—no easy feat to pull off!

Flower shows are essentially theatre. And like all good performances, this display had us willingly suspending our disbelief. Watch this video for  a behind the scenes glimpse of the 3-day build of this ambitious garden.

Thank you to our PHS panel of judges: Valerie Easton, author of Petal & Twig; Richie Steffen, curator, Elisabeth C. Miller Garden, and Wendy Welch, Wendy Welch Garden Design and PHS board member.

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Glossy evergreens and fragrant blooming winter daphne spoke to the actual season…

Knotweed Persicaria microcephala 'Red Dragon' was forced brilliantly for the show, keeping both its color and variegation—well done!

… while Knotweed Persicaria microcephala ‘Red Dragon’ was forced brilliantly for the show, keeping both its color and variegation—well done!