Take a stroll through the garden with me as I share insights, tips and “I wish I had known better” thoughts. As a designer, container gardener and plantaholic I have learned by simply getting my hands dirty that thumbs really can go from brown to green. Join me on a fun adventure.
I am in awe of the many skilled artists and crafts people that call the Northwest home. From textile designers to silversmiths and photographers, their work is an inspiration and a joy to see. There are many art shows and events where these artists display and sell their pieces but none to compare with the Best of the Northwest Arts and Fine Crafts Show – currently in its 24th year and held at Magnuson Park in Seattle. The show is presented by the Northwest Arts Alliance and this year will showcase over one hundred artists who work in mediums such as glass, ceramics, wood and silk - something to appeal to everyone’s tastes and budget.
Red Grass Designs
With generous sponsorship from KOMO television, Best of the Northwest is excited to announce Friday March 30th as KOMO day, with discounted tickets and a special focus on Art in the Garden. Your garden should be a reflection of who you are and offer visitors a glimpse into your unique style, so I shall give you a few ideas on how to incorporate some of these beautiful works of art into your container gardens and landscape in a special demonstration as part of Komo day. My talk 'Art in the Garden - a perfect partnership' will be held at 1.30pm onFriday March 30th . You can read more details of this fun presentation here.
Let me introduce you to just a few of the garden artists.
Brett Cleveland is the creative force behind Red Grass Designs. Working in a variety of metals he transforms both new and discarded materials into functional, beautiful, contemporary art. From simple garden stakes to custom gates and trellises he has something for every garden no matter how large or small. I especially love the simple spheres made from welded bands of rusted steel which would look perfect nestled among drifts of waving grasses. The contrast of wispy foliage with bands of metal would offer a wonderful focal point in the garden border.
Seymour Stained Glass
Karen Seymour painstakingly crafts lanterns, birdbaths and tables from stained glass which feature nature inspired designs such as koi, foliage and delicate butterflies. Why not create a statement with one of her delightful patio tables rather than settling for just another mass produced piece? See her work at Seymour stained glass.
I often tell friends that my husband loves to make sawdust. In other words he enjoys working with wood to reveal the inner beauty as well as making the various projects I dream up for our garden! I therefore have a special appreciation for the skill it takes to be a wood craftsman. Dakota Craftworks, owned by John Dauora, designs and creates elegant garden furniture using assorted wood species. From a contemporary (and much more comfortable) interpretation of the classic Adirondack chair to side tables which incorporate metal accents, these pieces will add flair to any porch, patio or deck.
Wood, Fire and Paint
If whimsy is more your style be sure to visit the booth of Stephanie Stolzoff, the artist behind Wood, Fire and Paint. Stephanie’s motto says it all; WOOD organic alive + FIRE accentuates it + PAINT lively washes of fun = Wood, Fire and Paint. Her fun, colorful garden poles and address posts are sure to be great conversation pieces.
Excited? Well here’s a special treat for you – I have TEN TICKETS TO GIVE AWAY! All you have to do is leave a comment below telling me what you favorite type of garden art is and you will be entered to win. Be sure to include your email address so I can contact you! The lucky recipients will be drawn at random by the computer (they are so clever these days!) on Thursday March 22nd and tickets mailed out to you the very next day. Remember to tell your friends; use the share links below to post on Facebook, send an email or Tweet to your hearts content!
Bring art in the garden into your life. Photo courtesy Alyson Ross Markley
So come and join me on Friday March 30th (or visit anytime between March 30th – April1st) at the Best of the Northwest. Enjoy live music, free parking, artist demonstrations and great food while you search for those perfect accents for your home and garden.