It has been a busy few months planning, designing and preparing the Nature’s Studio garden display at the upcoming Northwest Flower & Garden Show at the Washington State Convention Center in downtown Seattle, February 5-9. Rob Boyker of Avid Landscape Design & Development LLC and I co-created the Washington State Nursery and Landscape Association and Washington Association of Landscape Professionals display garden, called Nature’s Studio: Celebrating the Shade. Keep reading to find out more about the display and we certainly hope to see you there!
AROUSE | EVOKE | CREATE | GROW | CHILL
Characters: Edgy, urban artists retreat to the cool and dappled shade of their forest garden ‘studio’ to find inspiration and recharge. Collaborative moments that feed their basic needs of nourishment, touch & warmth also inspire their artistic process providing nurturing support that enables each to produce their most lavish and beautiful work. After a harried week, we see them seeking special time together to get lost in their own forest retreat. This is where love and hard work is blooming.
Setting And Story: It is late spring, the weather is warming, and their forest garden is alive with brilliant fresh foliage, tender flowers, and succulent vegetables. The ebullient sound of falling water and birdsong provides an animating soundtrack for their work. Various organic forms of art are rooted throughout the garden, displaying the couple’s talent, artistic history, as well as their passion for found treasures that inspire them.
Look closely to find that one artist has been sketching in a notebook, diagramming the details of a next sculpture while the other has just set down the tools of a latest stone project. Under the leafy canopy of a generously sheltering tree, the couple is taking a brief respite from their work. Every direction you look: the forest, its resident art, the immovable stones, mysterious waters, delicate ferns, and ethereal flowers convey a look of bright and hopeful newness and weathered permanence at the same time. They wander the paths of their verdant, private paradise, taking in the energizing shades of emerald green, lime, white, and rust, inhaling the earthy fragrance, and reflecting upon the glistening water. What beautiful object will they create next?