Guru Gardeners Go Miniature at the Northwest Flower and Garden Show

The Art of Upcycling at the NWFGS

It’s the very first “big” garden display that contained a miniature garden. Apparently the judges were smitten with it.

Guru Gardeners Go Miniature at the Northwest Flower and Garden Show

Well, what a treat! Miniature gardening was finally embraced by a pair of guru garden designers at this year’s Northwest Flower and Garden Show. The miniature garden was a model of their full-sized display. Vanca made the container and Judith did the planting and accessories. Apparently the judges were smitten with the tiny garden. They won a gold medal for their efforts too!

This is the first time, since I’ve been going to the show for the last 15 years, that there has been a miniature garden in one of the full-size display gardens. There have been fairy gardens before – but not a miniature garden with in-scale plants, trees, furniture and a patio. We were thrilled to see it. We’ve often thought a miniature garden would be a great way for designers to hash out new garden ideas.

The Art of Upcycling at the NWFGS

The full-sized display garden was full of color and more color! Vanca made the flags in the back bed by hand.

The Art of Upcycling at the NWFGS

The full-size greenhouse was made by a cabinet-maker-friend and the detail was amazing. 9 bolts holds it together. This photo was taken during the set-up – I couldn’t get near it during the show – it was quite popular!

The Art of Upcycling at the NWFGS

The back beds in the full-size garden was full of hyacinths, tulips, ferns (Judith’s specialty,) grasses and other weird and wonderful plant-finds.

The Art of Upcycling at the NWFGS

The miniature design, included a greenhouse, wood wall in the back, and miniature flags too.

The Art of Upcycling at the NWFGS

The tiny greenhouse really added to the miniature garden. Boots, furniture and garden tools were supplied by TwoGreenThumbs.com ;o)

The Art of Upcycling at the NWFGS

Judith specializes in ferns and rock garden plants. I’m not sure how many varieties she has of Salaginella – to visit her greenhouse up in Gold Bar, Wa is just a treat. That red spiky plant in the corner is a young heather. She used a couple of young ferns in there – they’ll outgrow the space soon but it looked amazing for the show.

The Art of Upcycling at the NWFGS

The spiky, dark green foliage is an Ilex Emerald Leprechaun. (The sign behind it is for the full-sized plants)

The Art of Upcycling at the NWFGS

Here’s another view of that Ilex. It was really sweet with that wood wall creating another layer in the garden bed.

The Art of Upcycling at the NWFGS

Teenie-tiny ferns take a long time to grow and are usually expensive because of it.

The Art of Upcycling at the NWFGS

The red grass is Uncina uncina, the yellow grass is a true miniature Sweet Flag and that’s a miniature ficus behind it by the wall. The big round leaves on the right is actually a weed that self-sows around Judith’s property in Gold Bar. She used moss to fill it in for the show.

The Art of Upcycling at the NWFGS

Their friends got on board  sent them miniatures to use, that rocking chair is made from a tin can. Vanca laid down the tile to mimic the full-sized tile used in the full-sized display.

Find our more about Judith and Vanca’s award-winning garden here (scroll down to The Art of Upcycling.) Judith’s website is here. Vanca’s website is here.

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  1. I have attend the Philly Flower Show the past 3 years but could not go this year (boo-hoo!)…would have loved to see your display – I can not imagine the amount of effort and work you put into this – GREAT JOB! Cathy Testa

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    • Hi Cathy, This display was by Judith Jones and Vanca Lumdsen at the Northwest Flower and Garden Show here in Seattle. Our display is in the previous blog. We don’t display at the Philly Show – It would be a challenge logistically. But I’m doing a talk and demo there on Friday the 7th this year.

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