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!


  1. Wow everything is so cool. I bet you had a great time! Thanks for sharing the pictures(-:

  2. There was some great artwork at this year's Sorticulture, and you managed to capture, if not buy, it all. I need some of Urban Soule's great seedpods too. And those mosaic birdhouses! Beautifully done, but hoo boy! Expensive!

  3. So many creative makers. I really like those metal "seed pods" (?) you got from Shock-N-Awe Metal Works.

    And really, a Saguaro or two? I'm excited to see that!

  4. I can understand why you love this event! I don't know that I've ever seen so many wonderful things in one place in any other venue. As I viewed your photos, I easily identified a dozen things calling my name. I'm coming to realize that it's probably a good thing (for my pocketbook!) that I don't live in the PNW.

  5. I adore "Mad Mosaics"; as soon as I get a back yard log shed I'll install one of those fabulous windows. It was a real cutie pie at the Willow Steel. Too bad she could't come home with you.

  6. So much cool stuff in one location - I can see why you love it!

  7. Oh, I wanted that metal poppy seed head thingy thing too, but I didn't go back and buy it. I left it for you!

  8. It's ridiculously hot here today (and even tonight, still 85 at 11PM, ugh) so how fun it was to sit back in my chair and see all the art at the show. Amazing diversity; it would be hard to pick what was my favorite.

  9. The first photo grabbed me. All I can say this is either a curse are a blessing. I guess you might get used to seeing all of these goodies and be able to walk away without spending your paycheck but really. It is all marvelous.

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  12. Cool! Love the metal and ceramic flowers. Wouldn't mind having one or two for myself.

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