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.
Sounds like you had a good time at the show even though you were disappointed by the gardens. I agree with you about the glass vase display and also liked the non traditional things used. Already looking forward to next year! Are you planning on going to Hortlandia in April?
Peter~Hortlandia is a must…meetup with you and Alison right up there.
I do like those display cases(?) . I am not one that goes in for floral displays in the house but could live with those. Minus the asparagus that is 🙂
A pity the show wasn’t up to usual standards, hate when that happens.
Angie~I guess we won’t be luring you into ‘In A Vase On Monday’ then, will we?
I too wish I would have attended the demonstration by Riz, what was I thinking!? It was wonderful to run into you…
Loree~We could have started there and them moved on to Sean’s talk without missing a thing. Next time.
Maybe we can plan a meet-up around Hortlandia?
The glass and metal vases are intriguing. I never think of using fruit (or rosemary either, for that matter) in a vase but it offers interesting possibilities. Thanks for providing another angle on the YG&P show – it may not have met your expectations but it still looks good by comparison with many of the shows we have in SoCal.
Kris~I always say if there’s one good idea as a takeaway, a show can be considered a success. So, despite my griping, I’d have to put this in the winners’ column.
Love the arrangements! Some of those first ones are displays we could put together in any season, with supplies from the grocery store! Thanks for the inspiration. Sorry parts of the show weren’t as impressive this year.
Beth~I hope it will get better with experience…must be hard to take over a venue with built-in expectations.
The slim glass vases are fab. Perfect for the fruit and veg displayed in them, I’d give them house room 🙂
Rona~I agree wholeheartedly…saving pennies.
Gorgeous arrangements! A love the fresh approach with the low profile arrangements at the end, and the use of citrus in the clear containers. A good inspiration to mix things up a bit! Thank you for taking me along with you to the show 😉 Elizabeth
Elizabeth~Thanks for coming along.
I love the asparagus vase! They do look like green soldiers with pointy hats.
Jason~The shape of those vases really lends itself to fresh ideas…and then we eat the centerpiece.
I came from Riz’s talk to Seans (about half way through), so I guess I can say I saw two half talks. Didn’t see you there, but since I came late, I hung out near the door. Sorry to have missed you!
Anna~Shucks…would have been nice to meet up with you. I was front row with Loree and her neighbor, Bridget and we took a long time getting out of there, what with all the chatting.
I like those skinny vases too, although not at the UK equivalent of $70!! 🙂 You seem to know a lot of gardening people, rickii ….. 🙂
Cathy~We have a lively gardening scene here and local bloggers are always finding excuses to get together.
Lemon and rosemary on pasta, yes, but I’d never imagined them together in a VASE. Wow. Very nice. So many creative people out there making creative wonderful things. Thanks for your link to the website. I’ve got wedding coming up in the family and these might be the perfect gift.
James~I think that would be a memorable wedding gift.