Remember the Seahawk Garden Shed? This is the same one dolled-up for the big Sorticulture Garden & Art Show on this weekend.
Miniature Gardening at Sorticulture, The Coolest Garden Show
Great venue, great artists and great plants from local growers can be found at Sorticulture this weekend. Everett Parks and Recreation Department puts on this show in their beautiful, sprawling Legion Park that overlooks Puget Sound. Check out the osprey and eagles while strolling through huge sequoias and arborvitaes. Great food and refreshments too! Bring the whole family – it’s a great place for the kids too.
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A bird’s eye view of the garden shed garden. It’s grown and morphed a bit over the years. In the lower, left-hand corner, we replaced the Chirmen Cypress that didn’t do well in full-sun with a new Bullata Spirea. We’re testing out the new Alpine Spirea in the upper left-hand corner and an Hinoki Cypress in the bottom, right-hand corner. That lovely yellow plant’s name is escaping me right now – I’ll come back and fix this when this ol’ noggin’ gives it up. Lol!
Some of the Hens and Chicks grow up to be quite big. I didn’t have the urge to upset them, they were looking so lovely snuggled into the moss. That is a Thyme-Leaf Cotoneaster on the left just after it flowered.
The full display came together nicely. It’s always different as we adjust each year to fit in and around the established planting in the garden bed. I normally don’t photograph in the full-sun but I had no choice – it was a stellar day!
This is the same garden on page 46 of the Gardening in Miniature book – the one with the Easter Island head in it. (Also shown on page 231.) The Hens and Chicks have grown in nicely.
That tree is a perennial, Sea Foam Artemisia, that’s a bit stressed out. It should be full of foliage but it looks great this way as a miniature garden tree. It loves full sun and drier soil so I paired it with Sedum Button behind the chair, and White Diamond Sedums in the left and right corners. All plant colors match, all textures are very different. That small miniature garden with the Green Terra is the same one on page 48 in the Gardening in Miniature book.
I added a bit of whimsy, the show attracts a lot of kids and they love the tiny details as much as we do. Find new tiny miniature garden gnomes up in the online store. Link is below! The left-hand plant is Red Thyme, the right-hand variegated is Silene.
This box was made by Lori of Scrapwood Studios, a fellow miniature gardener and crafter of fun home and garden decor. It’s a mix of sempervirens, or Hen and Chicks, and Sedum cuttings.
We wanted to create a story for the dog in this miniature garden for our Sorticulture display this weekend. I’ve been thinking about these water balloons that Steve had stashed away because they were already small. I barely blew it up, tied a knot and cut off the big end. Found a string and undid a strand to tie it on the balloon. Stuck it in the tree and wound the string around a branch like the wind would do. Very. Fun. Red Thyme in the front, a variegated Cotoneaster trimmed into a tree shape in the back.
A handmade trug from Albe Rustics (AlbeRustics.com.) If you go to the Sorticulture Show, you’ll see Vanca and Joe with all their fantastic twig furniture, tables, bar sets and trugs. Vanca makes some great garden flags too.
One of the new tiny trees, a Top Point Dwarf Cedar is paired with Tricolor Sedum for a full-sun miniature garden. I planted the Cedar in the middle of the pot and put a rim of the Sedums behind it because the terra cotta pot will wicks the moisture out of the soil and away from the plant’s roots. The Sedums will be able to tolerate the dry soil much better than the tree will.
I’m loving that I can show the same miniature gardens that are shown in the Gardening in Miniature: Create Your Own Tiny Living World book. The garden was made in 2007, the photo of this garden in the book was taken in June, 2012 and here it still is. This Top Point Dwarf Cedar is flanked by two White Pygmy Cypress. The “grass” is Irish moss that has grown tighter and tighter over the years. The fountain is 7″ tall.
If you go! You’ll find signed copies of the Gardening in Miniature book at the Sorticulture show too! The miniature garden display and the aforementioned twig furniture and YFMG, Lori and her gardens, are at the show, on the west side of the main building in the park.
Find the miniature garden plants and accessories here, up in the online store here.
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