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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, August 28, 2018

Seventh Annual Arts in the Garden

I love a good garden art festival but this is the first year I've attended Arts in the Garden at the Bellevue Botanical Garden.  Most of the vendors also bring their wares to Sorticulture in Everett  each June. While the creations are fantastic, the garden was especially gorgeous and my attention kept being drawn to the plants.  Today we'll look at some of the fab garden art and later we'll have a gander at parts of the garden.  Because there are so many images in this post, I'll shut up and let the work speak for itself.  If you have questions about who made any of these, just ask and I'll happily tell you how to contact them. You can also look at the Arts in the Garden website for a list of vendors here.


A permanent installation.







It was fun to see one of these ornamental sprinklers in action.  




Teapot birdhouses.  I wonder if birds would actually set up house in one of these? 





We are the Borg. You will be assimilated.  Resistance is futile. 

Dig the steel planter.  Would this look good with an agave in it or would the two sculptural elements war with each other? 


More Borg cubes coming to assimilate alien trees. 










From Darth Vader's garden.  I rather like the black glass against all of the green.





The tea house was a perfect spot of Bonsai Akira!

Looking for a stylish way to protect your plants from bunnies and deer?









An agave for sun or shade!




Hope you enjoyed looking at the creations of these talented folks as much as I did!  Would any of them have come home with you?

26 comments:

  1. I didn't even know about this festival! I made a note to self so I don't miss next year's. Since it is taking place at the end of the summer, it does't compete with Horticulture; both thoughtful and practical. There is so much great stuff... I usually get a little overwhelmed. The Darth Vader spikes would be very elegant in the right setting. I have not been the BBG in a few years and I'm looking forward to the Plant post tomorrow.

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    1. It was a fun festival and although most of the vendors were the same as at Sorticulture, Arts in the Garden had a very different feel.

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  2. I just posted my Art from the show too, saving the garden for another post, or two. Funny, you saw some things I completely missed. I think I was too distracted by the plants.

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    1. It was hard to focus on the stuff at this festival when the garden was looking so good.

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  3. I'll take that tall rectangular rusty piece with the circle cut-outs, thank you!

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  4. I didn't know you went to this! Nigel and I were there too. The garden was looking really nice. I got some nice closeup shots of individual Dahlias, they were hard to ignore. I'm always a bit leery of taking pictures of the art, sometimes people object and I get frustrated with having to ask over and over for permission.

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    1. We went on Sunday and there were still tons of people there. I ask the first time I see a vendor at a show and then just shoot away when I see their stuff at subsequent events. There are so few that say no that it's easy to remember them and skip taking pix of their stuff.

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  5. I am pretty picky/snobby about garden art but there are some beautiful things in this display. And I love the old dressers used to hold those big glass flowers. Very clever.

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    1. It's always fun to see what folks come up with.

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  6. The ethereal wire ornaments, if designed with open bases, would make critter-proof cages that wouldn't have to be removed for visitors. I'm a fan of garden art that earns its keep...

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    1. That's the first thing that popped into my head about the wire cages. They would be elegant protection.

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  7. so much cool stuff....but so little money! loved seeing it, glad I'm on the other coast!!

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    1. I didn't buy anything but it was nice to wander the garden and see so many clever creations.

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  8. I love those wire cages. I need a bunch of those for rabbit resistance. These are so elegant. The ones I make are from chicken wire, not near as pretty as these. I love all the glass art too. I would be a nervous wreck with glass in the garden. I am death to glass. Can't wait to see the plants that caught your eye.

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    1. Glass can be pretty tough in the garden and a lot of these blown pieces are fairly thick and difficult to break. Of course, where there's a will there's a way.

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  9. Oh my gosh! I'm drooling over some of those glass and metal garden pieces. I know they are way out of my price range, but I can sure enjoy them through your post.

    Enjoy your week and thanks for sharing once again more garden eye candy.

    FlowerLady

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    1. It's always a pleasure to share things of beauty. I didn't buy anything but sometimes it's as much fun to take a picture of something as it would be to purchase it. Added bonus- no buyers remorse.

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  10. So much fabulous art. I really like the green man wall plaques...and the colored glass, and the cool wire shapes tonprotect plants...

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    1. There was a lot to like at this show! So many talented people!

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  11. With so many garden events and venues, I'm amazed you find any time to garden at all. If I lived up that way, I wouldn't have bought anything because I'd already be dead broke...

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    1. Oh gee, I knew there was something I was forgetting to to. Must be that's why my garden is such a mess right now. You'll just have to fly up for a visit sometime and drive a uhaul home.

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  12. What a great place for a show! I would have been tempted by that bench but probably couldn't afford it.

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    1. I didn't look at many prices but also liked that bench. Seems like the stuff in that space was fairly reasonably priced.

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  13. What a fun show, it appears that there was something for everyone's taste. Loved the wire sculptor cages...great idea.

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  14. Lots of great stuff! I love all the colored glass and the dragon.

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Thanks so much for taking the time to comment! I love to hear your thoughts.