Our tour was led by the delightful Marianne Binetti
"Paint Your Own Garden"
Art In Bloom is the theme/title of this years show.
"The Garden of Artful delight - Homage to the Art and Garden of Ginny Ruffner" Notice the blown glass spheres sandwiched between two pieces of glass in the wall.
Photographs of hands in Northwest Native American carvings.
"The Art of Upcycling" Greenhouse is fabricated from discarded glass patio doors.
"Circles All Around Us" This is a working gate!
Screen made from sliced steel pipe.
"A Conduction of vigorous Immersion: Seattle's Best Artists Enhance Your Flow" Cool new technology allows the stairs
to become a ramp in seconds.
The Seahawks logo, once flush with the deck magically rises
To become a table under which something would need to be placed so that chairs wouldn't tilt into the depression in the deck. Notice the green wall.
"Peace in Motion - Sanctuary of Peace"
"Nature's Studio: AROUSE | EVOKE | CREATE | GROW | CHILL" If it weren't such a cool garden, I'd make fun of the title.
Steel retaining walls with tree stumps as fence posts.
"The Art of Zen - Find Zen in Your Own Backyard"
"The Artist's Studio"
During the show, a rotating group of painters from Northwest Artists in Action will be painting.
"Terra Cadence - The Rhythm of the Earth" This one was th rill ing!
"MOFA - Museum of Foliar Art" Plants as art! Can't wait to show you the other two walls. Notice the tillandsia chandelier on the left.
"No Stress Allowed - A Sanctuary of Tranquility for Everyday Life"
"ART-itecture for Urban wildlife"
"Darwin's Muse - Art Imitating Life"
"This Garden's theme, and an impressive blown glass Darwin Orchid displayed therein, stems from Charles Darwin's hypothesis that there had to be a moth physically capable of drinking nectar from its flower. It was fulfilled with the discovery of a subspecies of the gigantic Congo moth from Madagascar."
"Monet Dreamed Here"
"50 Shades of Orchids"
All of the orchids in this display are at their natural and normal bloom time. It would be very easy to be seduced into growing these, which, Ms Binetti and the members of the Northwest Orchid society want us to know, is as easy as other plants just a little different.
Marianne also said that orchids are often the entryway drug to gardening and encouraged us to give them to children. You heard it here first, Binetti encourages giving drugs to children.
Notice the huge paint brush and the large blown glass orchids!