Although this could very well be a picture of me finding a new treasure at a favorite nursery, it's actually an illustration by David Catrow for a children's book called Plantzilla.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

The Northwest Flower and Garden Festival - More Fabulous Vendors

The NWFGF  has a lot of great gardens big and small, some great plant vendors, and thrilling art for sale. There was so much to see and admire that it's impossible to share more than a small fraction. Here are a few  things that caught my eye:

In the Northwest Stone Sculptors Association area was this piece by Larry Lawlor

Bedrock Industries had some delightful new designs as well as some old favorites. All of their wares are made from recycled glass.

Anthony Jamieson Designs had some cool architectural cast glass panels.

Vintage Glass Gardens

Oh those daffodils!

Because of the texture, it feels like the white porcelain base was covered with a layer of porcelain slip mixed with cobalt and then the negative space carved away. 

I forgot who made these but it's an imaginative use of shovels.  Probably not so great for digging now though.

The delightful Katy Lareau is a Portland-based artist whose fused glass flowers and bugs have been a show favorite for many years.

Much of Andy Byrne's metal sculpture is difficult to capture with a camera as it really needs to be experienced to be appreciated, the minute details that make up the whole can best be appreciated in person in the context of the entire piece. 

Obviously a master of the material!

More from Abraxas Crow

Nothing quite like having a life-sized blue heron gliding just overhead.

Unless it's a pair of fighting bald eagles. 

Happy 30th birthday to this annual event!  Every celebration needs a cake, right? 

A summer floral pillbox hat  supporting a  Christmas tree decorated with spring colored macarons.  A cake for all seasons!


  1. What a wealth of really stunning work. That first image of the stone sculpture is so dramatic as are those big glass panels. Because we are quite restrained as to what we put in the garden, I think I sometimes miss how talented these artists are.

  2. The MODHomeceramics pieces did call out to me. Luckily they ship if I realize I can't live without one!

  3. I wish I had seen those vintage glass flowers. Not necessarily because I would have bought one, but just out of curiosity. Somehow I missed them. I like that piece of art with the bridge too. Good shot of the fighting eagles!

  4. The Garden show was so great this year! I love going each year, its such a treat and it wipes my "winter blues" away, but does give me extreme spring fever afterwards!

  5. It feels I could do the show all over again, there is so much to take in. We loved some of the same artists. NW Stone Sculptors Assoc. is a favorite. How do they see the image hiding in the rock? A. Jamieson Designs glass panels were so beautiful. Incorporating them in a door of window is amazing.
    I hope to make vintage glass flowers when I retire. Thrift stores beware.

  6. This festival is dazzling and a bit overwhelming even seeing just the small amount you have shared. WOW. Love that first sculpture.

  7. So many great vendors, but I love the vintage glass best. And I wouldn't say no to a piece of that cake!

  8. If I get up there for next year's show/festival, I have to remember to hand off my credit cards to my husband so I don't get in too much trouble...

  9. It's always fun so see what captures the eye of other photographer bloggers.

  10. Wow, I would buy a glass panel and one of these shovel, Peter.
    Thanks for sharing!

  11. Modhome Ceramics...WOW! And that's some celebratory cake!

  12. Love those glass and metal flowers - and those shovels!


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