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The Northwest Flower & Garden Show Meet-up

In front: Sheila Schultz, Kielian DeWitt (Annek)In back: Chris Niblack (ChrisSeattle), Cherry Ong (PerenniallyCrazy), Tia Scarce, Michelle Gervais

Please forgive the lack of gardens in today's post. We had a little meetup yesterday evening at the Northwest Flower & Garden Show, and we all wanted to share a few snapshots. After my GPOD talk (which went really well–everyone was inspired by all of your wonderful gardens!), we wandered over to the bar at the Sheraton. Really, while most of us were meeting for the first time in person, we all felt like we'd known each other forever! The number one comment, though, is that we wish all of you could have been there with us. We'll need to plan more of these get-togethers in the future! Have fun matching faces to trhe names you'll recognize from the blog and its comments each day…. Tomorrow I'll try to post some photos of the display gardens here at the show. Stay tuned!

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Jeanne Cronce (Greengenes) and her hubby, Tia Scarce

In front: Sheila Schultz, Michelle Gervais, Kielian DeWitt (Annek)In back: Cherry Ong (PerenniallyCrazy), Shirley Graves

In front: Chris Niblack (ChrisSeattle), Jeanne Cronce (Greengenes) and her hubbyIn back: Cherry Ong (PerenniallyCrazy)In the way back: some guy wondering why we're so loud and happy.

Glenda Curdy (Nurserynotnordstrom), Sheila Schultz, Chris Niblack (ChrisSeattle) Jeanne Cronce (Greengenes) and her hubby Robin

Yvonne (From Virginia), Glenda Curdy (Nurserynotnordstrom) and hubby Dan

Sheila Schultz and her daughter Laurel

Sheila Schultz, Kielian DeWitt (Annek), Cherry Ong (PerenniallyCrazy), Shirley Graves

In front: Jeanne Cronce (Greengenes) and her hubby, Tia ScarceIn back: Cherry Ong (PerenniallyCrazy), Chris Niblack (ChrisSeattle), Michelle Gervais

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  1. digginWA 02/12/2015

    What lovely people! I'm coming to visit all your gardens!! Thanks, Michelle, for arranging this awesome meetup.

  2. perenniallycrazy 02/12/2015

    This is what happens when the kids meet at the candy store. ?

    Seriously, the meet was absolutely heartwarming and fun. We missed you Jeff, Michaele, Tim, Granny May, Granny CC, Meelianthus , etc. Next year perhaps?

    Thank you Michelle for making this possible. Thanks also for featuring our gardens - your presentation was so terrific, well rounded and very smooth! Wish GPOD had a video component now...

  3. NCYarden 02/12/2015

    ...and I'm back. How nice to put faces to those I have come to know and look forward to hearing from through this fantastic garden site. Everyone looks like they are having such a wonderful time. I wish I could be there as well, and get in on some good garden talk. Continue having a great time, and thanks for sharing as always.

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    Tim_Zone_Denial_Vojt 02/12/2015

    Jealous, sad and cold. :(
    Glad you had a great talk and meet-up. Keep having scads of fun!

    1. perenniallycrazy 02/13/2015

      Something to chase the winter blues away Tim...

      From the Exhibit called The Romance of Steampunk.
      Designed by Tehia Whitby.

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        Tim_Zone_Denial_Vojt 02/13/2015

        Thanks, Cherry! That big gear inder the table is especially amazing! It's definitely blue here in central Ohio: 7 degrees!

    2. sheila_schultz 02/16/2015

      I added a few more wrinkles from all the ear to ear grins when I was finally able to meet up with so many long-time friends! My daughter, Laurel, now 'gets' why I love GPOD so much ;)

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        Tim_Zone_Denial_Vojt 02/16/2015

        I have to admit that seeing all of those smiling faces to put with familiar names put a smile on my face, too!

  5. user-1020932 02/12/2015

    looks like a good time for all! really good to put a face to the names of those i don't know . hope the rest of the show is a treat for all there

    1. sheila_schultz 02/16/2015

      There is always so much positive energy at the show... perfect for getting a head start on Spring garden dreams!

  6. lynn_felici_gallant 02/12/2015

    Oh, I love seeing all of you together in person! Thanks for the GPOD, Michelle, and for connecting so many great gardeners virtually and in real life.

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    meander_michaele 02/12/2015

    Oh, yes, so fun! My husband noticed the sparkle in my eyes and big smile as I looked at my laptop screen,"Something's putting the happy on your face this morning", he observed. Yes, indeed! So nice to just think about the shared conversations and common bonds being reinforced. Yay for gardening!

    1. perenniallycrazy 02/13/2015

      For you meander1...

      From the Exhibit called A Woodland Nymph's Dream
      Designed by Debbie Kohlwes

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        meander_michaele 02/13/2015

        Oh, you know I'm loving all the positively delightful and teeny tiny details! Thanks for taking so many photos of it.

  8. annek 02/12/2015

    And oh , what fun we had. Michelle your presentation was wonderful. I remember seening a lot of the gardens on the GPOD blog, but seeing them larger than life on the screen was a special treat. So good to meet everyone and share stories in our GPOD family!

  9. user-7007362 02/12/2015

    You HAD to have seen me smiling right back at all of you just now! So happy for those who were able to make it. I just read that our Cornell Lab of Ornithology neighbors are there. Look for the giant birdhouse. Looking forward to pictures of the displays. Congratulations Michelle on a job well done!

  10. GrannyMay 02/12/2015

    I've been smiling with all of you as well. Such a happy, friendly GPOD family we have! I do hope this meet-up becomes a tradition. Way to go Michelle!

  11. wittyone 02/12/2015

    Looks like fun was had by all. How fortunate you all were to be able to meet up face to face and talk gardening.

  12. fromvirginia 02/12/2015

    What a great idea to bring us together Michelle. I loved your talk and meeting everyone. Putting faces to handles and gardens was fun!

  13. Nurserynotnordstroms 02/12/2015

    Yesterday's Garden Show was so much fun,Don and I started out at 9:00 am when the doors opened,and the entire day did not disappoint. The gardens were (as always) amazing and the smells to swoon over since the theme was Romance Blossoms,I knew we would see a lot of flowers I just wasn't sure in what way. Bulbs were everywhere and Armandii Clematis seemed to be the most used climber. Seattle garden designers seem to be very creative in design and plant material and definetly go the extra mile. The late afternoon was spent chatting with Michelle before her Seminar,and then it was time to go in and see what she had put together for us this year. YES another great selection of photos and a walk down memory lane if you check out GPOD often. Our own Port Orchid Washingtonian,Jeanne (Greengenes)was one of the featured gardens and so fun to see on the big screen. We are all so fortunate to be part of this great gardening community everyday,and are surrounded by our own creative and talented gardening friends via this blog. It was a joy and a pleasure meeting everyone last night ,talking,laughing and sipping wine. It would have been amazing to have each of you (that couldn't attend)by our our sides laughing and showing more photos of your beautiful gardens. I am greatful to have met some of you and look forward to meeting so many more one day. What fun and what wonderful memories we have of a great day. A quick sneek peek. The first photo was my favorite garden.

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      meander_michaele 02/12/2015

      Wow, these display gardens are certainly bold and senses are a tingle just looking at your photos. Keep them coming!

      1. Nurserynotnordstroms 02/12/2015

        I don't want to steal Michelle's thunder by showing to many more photos. One more and then we will see what Michelle posts. This garden had a full moon above and the photo doesn't do it justice. The moon was printed on cloth and backlit and mounted on a frame.the look was very replicant of a real moon. Amazing garden and great plant materials. I will be looking for a few new plants to add to my gardens.

        1. GrannyMay 02/12/2015

          Dreamy! Was that bowl of rocks a water feature? I seem to see a shimmer of a reflection on the surface when I enlarge the photo.

          1. Nurserynotnordstroms 02/12/2015

            Yes I seem to remember it was just a bowl with rocks and still water. I'm sure birds would love this if kept very clean. It was another great element in this design,small detail but big impact.

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            meander_michaele 02/12/2015

            Love the touch of the owl looking down and, oh, how those spring blooms warm my heart.

          3. Nurserynotnordstroms 02/13/2015

            I loved the owls they were on loan from somewhere,but will my one brain cell that has that information that isn't synapsing properly give me that information noooooo. If anyone knows please chime in.

          4. ChrisSeattle 02/13/2015

            The owls were on loan from the Burke Museum at the University of Washington campus. If anyone has a picture of the owl to the right of the moon, it is stunning.

          5. Nurserynotnordstroms 02/13/2015

            Oh THANK YOU,Chris my brain can relax once again. You're so sweet to post that ?

          6. Nurserynotnordstroms 02/13/2015

            The owls,Chris not a great shot but yes they were so perfect with the moon.

          7. perenniallycrazy 02/14/2015

            Awesome lighting was provided by HD Fowler FX Luminaire fixtures

        2. digginWA 02/12/2015

          That was my favorite! I adore the Scandinavian Pavilion they used, along with the moon and the owls and everything else.

          1. Nurserynotnordstroms 02/13/2015

            The moon was so incredible and how they made it was easy but genius. I would have liked to take a closer peek inside the pavilion.

    2. GrannyMay 02/12/2015

      Thanks for the photos Glenda!

      1. Nurserynotnordstroms 02/12/2015

        You are so welcome?

    3. Meelianthus 02/12/2015

      Great photos Glenda and so glad I was able to meet you and others in the gardening-gang. Sorry to miss the after-show get-together but I had been sick the previous week and was totally out of energy after the long day. Sounds like all had a great time and I'm sure there will be a repeat next year. Isn't Michele just so cute!

      1. Nurserynotnordstroms 02/12/2015

        I wondered where you went,sorry you were not feeling better. I was looking forward to chatting with you. Yes I'm sure we will have a repeat next year. I am hoping to run into you before that though. Feel better,lots of stuff going around this year and it's really kicked everyone's butts,seems to just hang on and on.

        1. Meelianthus 02/13/2015

          Thanks Glenda and happy gardening to you ^_^

      2. perenniallycrazy 02/13/2015

        Get well soon Meelianthus! You were missed.

        1. Meelianthus 02/13/2015

          Thanks PC and I sure hated to miss out. I know you did take some pics of the group with me with all of you and I hope you will post them so that I will have a memento too. Great to see your gardens up on the BIG screen! Happy gardening Linda

          1. perenniallycrazy 02/13/2015

            Of course, we have a photo together. Scroll up. I hope to chat with you next time for sure.

          2. Meelianthus 02/13/2015

            Thanks again PC ^_^

    4. user-7007395 02/12/2015

      Wish I could have been there. Sounds wonderful!

      1. Nurserynotnordstroms 02/13/2015

        Linda that would have been very nice to have had you there. I think this will get bigger each year.

    5. perenniallycrazy 02/13/2015

      Meelianthus!!! =) She was there! Please say hi everybody.

      1. Meelianthus 02/13/2015

        Great picture PC - Michelle, Kielian, Shirley, her daughter, me/Linda, and my great gardening friend Jeanne. Thanks.

        1. perenniallycrazy 05/07/2015

          Hi Linda. Please follow this link and send me a private message for more information. Thanks and regards. - Cherry

    6. perenniallycrazy 02/13/2015

      We also wanted to welcome Bonnie (gardenangel) and friends.... from Idaho! Woot! Woot!

  14. schatzi 02/12/2015

    Oh yes, the show was spectacular as usual, but the greatest fun was meeting everyone who was able to come to Seattle. When I am around plants and plant people, I have this big grin on my face, and meeting all of you just made it bigger! What fun to finally meet in person. And we all missed those of you who could not travel so far this time and hope to see you another time. I was surprised at the distance some did come - Virginia and Denver, were 2 of the furthest. It was great seeing the familiar gardens on the big screen. Michelle, you did a fine job! Thanks for making it all possible. Again next year?

  15. NWAgardener 02/12/2015

    Sounds like you all are having a wonderful time and that Michelle's presentation was superb! Michelle - do you think you might be able to post it online so those of us who were not fortunate enough to attend the Flower & Garden Show could view it. If you can, I know we would all appreciate it. Enjoy the remainder of your visit together!

  16. GrannyCC 02/12/2015

    Looks like you are having lots of fun. So good to see your smiling faces. We have a wonderful community. Look forward to next year!

  17. foxglove12 02/12/2015

    So fun to put faces to the names. Michelle gave a great talk. Was feeling under the weather so didn't meet up with the group. Next year I'll be there.

  18. user-7007140 02/12/2015

    For heavens sake! I actually felt happily emotional at seeing all your happy faces! Great photos from the show- I agree that it would be wonderful to see them online if Michelle can do so. Lovely to meet you all vicariously and so glad everyone had such a wonderful time together.
    Great work, Michelle.

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    HelloFromMD 02/13/2015

    Glad everyone is having a wonderful time! The photos remind me of the Philadelphia flower show. Winter is good for something, getting together, and dreaming of spring. It would be fun to actually tour the gardens featured in GPOD, maybe by state. Maryland is small, maybe the GPODers from Maryland could get together.

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    HelloFromMD 02/13/2015

    Glad everyone is having a wonderful time! Winter is good for something - getting together, dreaming up new gardens to plant. It would be fun to actually tour some of the gardens featured on GPOD. Maryland is a small state and Pennsylvania is next door. Maybe we could get together. Let's not forget Virginia.

    1. fromvirginia 02/17/2015

      Yes, let's not forget Virginia:). I'm game.

  21. ClareRocky 02/13/2015

    So glad you posted these pictures. It's nice to see the people whose postings I enjoy so much. It sounds like the Garden Show and Michelle's talk were fabulous. Enjoy the rest of your time together!

  22. ChrisSeattle 02/13/2015

    I so agree with all of the comments. It was great to attend the Flower and Garden Show again this year. Fun to hear Michelle's seminar and see so many of the gardens again. It was really a treat to meet so many of the photo contributors and comment contributors, but many were dearly missed. It is especially fun to put faces with the real and assumed names.

    A suggestion for next year: contribute for a meeting room, maybe bring our own beverages and snacks to share. Would be so much easier to chat and get to know one another. The bar was lively, but dark and noisy. The NW F&G Show is one of three big ones in the country: Seattle, San Francisco, and Philadelphia. Maybe next year you can come too?

    I love seeing the beautiful photos every day from fabulous gardens around the world, reading a bit of the back story, and then enjoying such encouraging comments.

    Michelle made me promise to take a lot of pictures of my Seattle garden this spring and summer. Then I have to learn how to send same. Do I just send them as an attachment to email to Michelle? Any hints are welcome. It's called payback for so many years of a daily dose of loveliness. Thank you one and all for the daily treat to start the day.

    1. perenniallycrazy 02/13/2015

      Yes, just send them as attachments to Michelle. Can't wait! So glad to meet you Chris. =)

  23. Nurserynotnordstroms 02/13/2015

    No photos from Michelle,darn I'll post a couple more. The second photo hanging planter was so very cool,it was done by Riz Reyes the theme of his display is "An Urban Botanical Retreat: Unique And Easy Planting Ideas For Intimate(Plant) Lovers. Third photo is his as well. In the last photo on the table were two mugs one said Mr Right and the other Mrs Always Right.

  24. GrannyCC 02/13/2015

    Thanks for all the extra photos. It brings up happy memories of last year. You all look like you are having such fun, The photos of the show are amazing. I am always blown away with what the designers come up with and what a gargantuan effort it must be to put it together. Someone needs to do a blog on that process!

    1. Nurserynotnordstroms 02/13/2015

      Catherine have you seen the video on the sped up version of the setting up of one of the displays. It's on Facebook. Go to the Seattle garden show Facebook page to see the building time lapse.

      1. GrannyCC 02/13/2015

        Thanks Glenda I will do that. Should be fun to watch.

  25. greengenes 02/14/2015

    Wow! I cant believe it! I missed all these comments and pictures everyone sent in! I guess I was so excited about planting all the bulbs I purchased at the show I just looked at the first pictures and thought it was all there was! Sorry...It was a wonderful time together. There is just something special about gardeners... They are a great group of friends who care about people and plants! And we all look so young because gardening makes us young in heart! I hope we all can meet up on the east coast somewhere, maybe at the Philadelphia show! I really want to meet all of you! But it would have to be after the snow season for sure! I feel really bad for all of you back there with all the snow and oh so cold!
    Well Michelle did a wonderful talk and greeted us all so warmly. Just like we have known her and eachother for a long time. Thanks Michelle for a wonderful presentation of our gardens! And look what you started! One big happy GPOD family!

    1. sheila_schultz 02/16/2015

      Jeanne... I missed all these comments, too, Geez!!! I also have to tell you that you have the most beautiful smile. You light up a room!

      1. greengenes 02/17/2015

        Oh Sheila... that's so sweet of you to say that. But you and your beautiful daughter have put me in second place with the smiles! I didn't realize that she was your daughter until after we left. You guys make a great team! Wasn't that fun meeting everyone. I wish I would of given my email address to you and others. Bye for now...

  26. schatzi 02/14/2015

    Thanks to everyone who posted extra pictures here. I thought I had seen as much as I could in one day, but obviously I missed a few things! (One day is not enough.) Has Michelle been able to post another day's worth yet? I have not received a GPOD since this one. I miss you!

  27. sheila_schultz 02/16/2015

    I'm so ashamed that it has taken me this long to respond to this wonderful post! Too many playful hours with my daughter in Seattle and a laptop that was behaving badly are my feeble excuses... Like everyone has said, it was a delight to be able to meet so many GPOD friends 'in person.' We are such a lucky group of gardeners to be surrounded by so many kind and caring friends. It's truly extraordinary.
    Thank you again, Michelle, for 'birthing' GPOD. You have given gardener's from around the world the gift of community.

    1. perenniallycrazy 02/17/2015

      Better late than never. =)

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