This audience, however, is a very narrow demographic. As much as we want to shoot for the stars and have EVERYONE be as motivated and inspired by gardens and plants and flowers, it's just not gonna happen. The same way not everyone will be as engaged watching the Superbowl, the NBA Playoffs, or Glee. It may not happen, but why give up trying and in the process, encourage the regular show-goers to look and also think outside of the box and explore new ideas, new ways to approach gardening and also continue on time-honored techniques and methodologies that work. THERE'S ROOM FOR IT ALL!!
The most important aspect of the Northwest Flower and Garden Show is the simple fact that it's "the people's show", according to show owner Terry O'Loughlin. When I came in ever so briefly last night to check out the show, there's no denying the inner excitement I have to see people there, to know that I'm a part of what they're experiencing and enjoying.
You've got to watch this video composed by the wonderful Theresa Loe from the awesome PBS series, "Growing a Greener World". It was so cool to have been interviewed and be included in this video!!
Here are some more images from the show I took during the press tour.
|"Rice Above" an interpretation of the Philippine Rice Terraces in Banaue fused with tradition Asian concepts.|
|Itoh peonies in "Paris".|
|Great patio design complete with stereo and monitor that just pops out of the deck.|
|A tribute to cool curly branches!|
|What look like containers are actually drums with water spatting on top creating a unique rhythm.|