A Breath of Spring!

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The 22nd Annual Northwest Flower and Garden Show starts today. The theme is “Once upon a Time.”

Dodging hail outside, I left the cold front behind and was hit full force by the fragrance of hyacinths inside the 6th floor of the Convention Center.

Forget the threat of snow and enter the delicious world of springtime.

And what a welcome sight to see the jonquils in full glorious bloom. 

It made the gardener in me twitch with anticipation knowing that bulbs are poking their noses up all across the city.

The Arboretum received honors for their display honoring the 50 year old Japanese garden at the Arboretum. 

Bob Lily and Phil Wood

Congratulations to our Arboretum and to designers Roger Williams, Bob Lily, and Phil Wood for their gold medal.

The Arboretum’s Garden Show entry is titled “The Japanese Garden: Bridging History” which tells the story of a Japanese fable “The Old Man who Made Trees Blossom.”

True to its name the display has cherry trees in full blossom and maples fully leafed, and shows how effective a small public garden can be.

Last night’s event welcomed people from across the City who are committed to making Seattle an inviting and colorful place to live, work and play. 

John Skelton and Dennis Meier

People such as Seattle Department of Planning and Development’s John Skelton and Dennis Meier, as well a noted architect Allen Moses, Barbara Wright, past-President of the Arboretum Foundation Board of Directors, and current Vice President of the Arboretum Foundation Board of Directors, Susan Black.

To round out the evening, Bruce Brooks, attorney and former Deputy Mayor with Norm Rice, and his wife Deborah Prinzing, a writer, speaker at this year’s Garden Show and “Outdoor Living Expert” joined me at Bambuza, a Vietnamese bistro across the street from the Convention Center.  I’m no Anthony Bourdain, but I thought the menu was great, food was excellent and all was reasonably priced.

Bruce Brooks, me and Deborah Prinzing