When you attend an indoor garden show this winter, notice how people react to the water features and water gardens. Water can play a starring role in your garden, too.
I’m crazy about indoor garden shows. One of the fascinations for me is how water plays such a performing role in the display gardens. Bringing nature indoors combines agricultural sleight of hand — How do they get all those flowers to bloom at once? — and design theatricality, right at the time of year when we need to be inspired.
My professional interest in garden shows was piqued a few years ago, when I wrote (with Kathleen Brenzel) about the Seattle and San Francisco display gardens in our book "Sunset’s Secret Gardens — 153 Design Tips from the Pros."
I got a greater understanding of how these shows work when I traveled around the country to speak.
Last year I gave two talks in Atlanta at the Southeastern Flower and Garden Show. The year before, I presented a writing workshop for the Garden Writers Association in conjunction with the grande dame of all US shows — the Philadelphia International Flower Show.