Saturday, February 26, 2011

Northwest Flower and Garden Show Week

Wow, what a great show this year! I've seen quite a few great speakers over the last few days, and hob-nobbed with some great designers, writers, and fun people! I saw two particularly great seminars this year:

Kate Frey: Gardens That Give - Creating Sustainable Gardens that Sit Lightly on the Planet
Inspiring consultant, designer and freelance writer, specializing in sustainable gardens that encourage biodiversity. This made me think a lot about how we can create gardens that are beautiful, create wonderful places for pollinators and other wildlife, and reduce our carbon footprint when we do it. Lots of references to low-water plants and Mediterranean-style gardening, my favorite!

Jessica Bloom: How to Have Your Garden & Eat it Too - Design Strategies to Maximize Space, Function & Resources
Jessi Bloom is the owner and lead designer of N.W. Bloom EcoLogical Landscapes, along with being a Certified Professional Horticulturalist (CPH) and an ISA Certified Arborist.
Designer Jessica Bloom's 2010 award-winning show garden, "A Family's Little Farm in the City," demonstrated how to maximize the potential of a small urban space to provide food and play for a family. Her inspiring "urban homestead" won seven major awards at the show, Including the People's Choice Award, for its creative use of space and inventive ways to include chickens, goats, edible landscaping, conservation, outdoor living and much more. Now she shares her design strategies so you too can create a garden that helps you live sustainable - and beautifully - in the city or a small suburban plot. Think you can't have it all in a small space? Think again! Jessica shows you how to set priorities and squeeze it all in so you can have your own little farm, no matter where you live.
This was such a great talk and was so inspiring for me. I can't wait to use some of her ideas at my own urban homestead!

Get out and go to the show!