Have you ever seen a dress made completely out of plants and flowers? The recent garden show featured these gorgeous "flowers of the cities" creations by Seattle florists. They remind me of Rose Bowl Parade floats but with mannequins! (Click on photos for a closer look.)
Every year the Washington State Convention Center in downtown Seattle is the site of a magnificent flower and garden show. For the past four years the show's exhibits have sparked my imagination. "Hill Top Farm" by Christianson's Nursery & Greenhouse was one of my favorite displays from February 27, 2020.
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The online description says: The two-time “Best in Show” winner Christianson’s Nursery takes you to a farmhouse garden in the English countryside with this floral and fragrant display. As seasoned veterans in restoring buildings and greenhouses at their home base in Mount Vernon, Washington, it’s clear their expertise carries over to this garden. Spot the antique tools and lighting that harkens back to the 1920’s, which might make you feel like you’re in the middle of an orchard taking a breath of fresh air. Using perennials and plants adaptive to the Pacific Northwest, this garden features vegetables, peonies, lilacs, iris, rhododendron and azaleas, among other plants surrounding the farmhouse facade.
A chicken coop, complete with two real birds, added to the realistic design of this full-sized facade.
Many displays included labels that identified the plants. Dry ice in this water feature added a little drama to this scene.
I'd love to enjoy the soothing sound of this waterfall in my own back yard. This display was called "The Gateway to Your Getaway."
If I had this pool in my backyard, I'd never leave it.
When the Auburn Senior Activity Center offered an excursion to Seattle's International District, I signed up. Here are some photos from our walking tour of that neighborhood. (Click on photos for a closer look.)
Welcome to Chinatown!
We started our exploration at the Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience. Exhibits include photos and more, showing the history and influence of Asian cultures in Seattle. Decorations celebrating the Chinese New Year brightened the museum's walls and ceiling.
The intricate embroidery fascinated me.
I was surprised to see street signs in both English and Chinese as we began our walking tour.
"Benevolent associations" were formed by ethnic groups to help immigrants find housing, employment, etc. This building houses the Bing Kung Association.
More sights discovered during our walk.
Just imagine: rooms for 50¢, 70¢, and up with both hot and cold water.
Our tour of the International District was a delight. I learned a lot about the area's history--both happy and sad--and would enjoy another visit. If you're interested in more information, look here: