Miniature Gardening at the Northwest Flower and Garden Show, 2013

Miniature Gardening at the NWFGS

Preparing for the Marie Antoinette Display at the Northwest Flower and Garden Show this weekend. This is a tiny Hameau for one of our display gardens – the young French Queen sought solace in her faux cottages and farm buildings set up around the palace grounds that make delicious fodder for the miniature gardens!

Miniature Gardening at the
Northwest Flower & Garden Show

I’m taking you with me this year.

We’re going on a visual romp of the Private Realm of Marie Antoinette – and then some!

That’s our theme for our annual display at the Northwest Flower and Garden Show in Seattle this coming week. This year we are teaming up with the very creative and knowledgeable mind of Mr. Bruce Bailey of Heavy Petal Nursery in Moses Lake to bring you a taste of this young Queen’s inner life.

Did you know what she was a plant-nut as well as a trend setter and fashionista? Neither did we until we dug deeper into her … private realm – ! Lol!

So, this is the first of the series for this long week ahead. I’m going to try to do one a day and show not only our display work, but I’ll take you into show to see what kinds miniature gardening we can find now that this trend is upon us. It’ll be nice to have some company in this niche, it’s our 9th year doing a display and more than not, we were the only ones with miniature gardens – plugging along… Lol! But I bet that changes this year!

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And here’s the start of your visual romp! (I just wanted to say that again.)

Miniature Gardening at the NWFGS

Planning, planning, planning. We start with a lot of ideas and the ones that are doable eventually emerge as the deadline draws closer.

Miniature Gardening at the NWFGS

Bruce paints the backdrop as Steve horses around. Humor is a required ingredient in doing these shows!

Miniature Gardening at the NWFGS

Bruce found the PERFECT chairs – they aren’t authentic Louie XVI so we had no problems painting them to match the display.

Miniature Gardening at the NWFGS

Marie Antoinette created a faux farm and had her servants tie ribbons on the sheep, clean the eggs in the chicken coop and even created fake rivers and ponds for her swans. Oh to be a Queen!

Miniature Gardening at the NWFGS

Bruce’s painting on the backdrop to bring some Chinoiserie (a fancy word for Chinese-style) into the display. Marie Antoinette was heavily influenced by the new furniture, art and decor from China during the late 1700s.

Miniature Gardening at the NWFGS

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9 Comments »

  1. […] Miniature Gardening at the Northwest Flower & Garden Show I'm taking you with me this year. We're going on a visual romp of the Private Realm of Marie Antoinette – and then some! That's our the…  […]

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  2. Looking forward to the ride, and I’ll check it out myself too!

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  3. […] Miniature Gardening at the Northwest Flower & Garden Show I'm taking you with me this year. We're going on a visual romp of the Private Realm of Marie Antoinette – and then some! That's our the…  […]

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  4. Sarah said

    Can’t wait to see the finished product Janit. It should be stunning.

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  5. drenredfox said

    That is quite the painting! I can’t wait to see it all come together! Thanks for posting GG…

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  6. […] Northwest Flower and Garden Show series. In case you missed it, here are the first installments: #1 of the Series,  Part Deux, Part […]

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  7. […] the rest of the series in case you missed it: #1 of the Series,  Part Deux, Part III, and #5 from […]

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  8. […] the rest of the series in case you missed it: #1 of the Series,  Part Deux, Part III, #4 and #5 from […]

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  9. […] Miniature Gardening at the Northwest Flower & Garden Show I'm taking you with me this year. We're going on a visual romp of the Private Realm of Marie Antoinette – and then some! That's our the…  […]

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