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.

Friday, June 29, 2018

Sorticulture 2018 The Art

Sorticulture is my favorite garden festival for a number of reasons:  It's outside in a beautiful park, there's live entertainment that's not over-amplified, floral fragrances mix with those of food being cooked in the numerous food trucks.  It feels and smells like being at someone's backyard barbecue with activities for children and adults, plants for sale,  and there's art to boot.  In fact, garden art is the main focus of the event.  The second weekend in June, when the party happens every year, is a perfect time.  The end of the academic year is in sight and dreams of days spent entirely  in the garden will become reality soon.  It's a  perfect time to think about adding something new to the garden and to gather ideas for projects to do myself.   In this final post about this year's Sorticulture, I'll share just a tiny sampling of the creations that caught my eye. 

 You may recognize some of these vendors from the Northwest Flower and Garden Festival.   Garden ornaments look even better outside!

I fell in love with this vase from Glass Quest

but then there was this one on the same table.  Which would you choose? 

Shock-N-Awe Metal Works.  This came home with me.  

So many fabulous choices. 

Able Rustics

TechWeld Metals.  One day, the bushes behind the danger gardenette will be chopped down and a saguaro or two will replace them.

Garden TriPPer/ Dawn's Creations

Big Flowers!

A detail from a work by Artstone Garden Ornaments.

What vessel would be appropriate for a spoon fisherman?  Why a gravy boat of course.  Glassafras Creations wind chime.  Loved it.

A few of these little flowers are currently blooming in my garden. 

Kids painting pots.

The Celtic knot plant stand is glorious!

However, my favorite thing in Willow Steel's booth was this charming cutie who was extremely friendly and gave me lots of kisses.  For some reason her people didn't want to let me have her.

Marcus Harper Glass Works

Urban Soule - Some of these painted concrete seed pods came home with me too.

Another moment of dog love. 

I've no idea who painted this chair spied in the holding area but isn't it cool?  What a fun treatment for a pressed oak chair. 

This English-looking art deco window was priced rediculously low.  It's actually nine panels within the divided sash. 

All too soon, it was time to pack up the trailer and head home.  

There was so much more fabulousness here but  at some point one has to put the camera away and just enjoy the show.  I hope you plan on attending Sorticulture next year. 

Happy weekend!