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Water features play starring role at indoor garden shows

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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.

Here in Eugene, Ore., I’ll start the season by attending the Good Earth Home Show, dedicated to all things green and sustainable.

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.

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