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Other Wichita Garden Show Gardens

Don’t worry. I’m not going to bore you with any more pictures of the Hobbit garden. I’ll just give you a taste of what the other gardens at the show were like this year. Unfortunately, there was one garden I didn’t get any pictures of (Johnsons – The Secret Garden), probably because they were still touching it up when I was walking through to take pictures, and then I forgot to go back. Also, I only really have one good picture of Mr. Miyagi’s Courtyard by Hongs Landscape, which is too bad, because I really liked their garden.

The “Up” Garden by Scenic Landscapes.

Mr. Miyagi’s Courtyard garden.

On the way in to Jurassic Park by Tree Top Nursery.

The Pirate Garden done by the Kansas Pond Society.

The Avatar garden by Complete Landscaping.

A Few Pictures from the Wichita Garden Show

I’m going to start out by apologizing for the pictures. My little camera and I just don’t handle the lighting challenges of Century II very well. So please, enjoy what I’m trying to portray and do you best to ignore weird lighting, overexposures, and slightly fuzzy subjects.

If you want to get a look at the  whole bunch of pictures I took from the Garden Show, you can visit my Flickr photostream.

There’s the front of our little Hobbit Hole, all fresh and shiny before opening on Wednesday.

The vignette from the back side of the Hobbit Hole. The cart is a little bit out of scale, but it was too cute not to use!

Here’s the other part of the garden. The waddle fencing was perfect for the garden. We also had a resident rabbit for most of the show, and he was a hit too! Everyone was awed by the rows of veggies. (I wasn’t expecting that, since they seemed very ordinary to me! I’m too used to good Demo Garden pictures.)

There’s the garden area from the other angle.  The funny thing is that the bright green lettuce was actually supposed to be a red lettuce. (It doesn’t turn red in a warm greenhouse, apparently!) It probably looked better as a bright green lettuce than as a red lettuce anyway.

The mushrooms were one of my favorite parts of the whole garden. They are just too cute!

Here’s the back of the garden from the water pump side. It was all beautiful while it lasted, but I’m so happy that we are done with the show and everything is clean and ready to dive into spring.

I’ll post a few pictures of the other gardens later this week, and then we’ll be hard and fast into our spring Demo Garden planting by next week.

Wichita Garden Show Roundup

Whew! The 2010 Wichita Garden Show is history! If you didn’t make it to the show, here are a few more pictures of what you missed out on.

The centerpiece through the arch of the gazebo in the Sedgwick County Extension Master Gardeners Mid-Garden. Unfortunately, I didn’t get a good picture of the whole garden. We did win the People’s Choice Award for the Mid-Gardens!

The Kansas Orchid Society had this very cool Mini-Garden in the shape of a butterfly to show off their best orchids. I love the huge displays of orchids at the show, even though I think one orchid would look sad and lonely at home.

A look into “A Taste of the Orient,” one of the Great Gardens by Hong’s Landscape & Nursery. This garden had a lot of really neat specimen plants with an Asian flair.

The always-stunning Great Garden by Scenic Lanscapes.

The Flower & Art Show is one of my favorite parts of the show. A painting by a local artist is given to a local pro floral designer as inspiration for a flower arrangement. Then they are paired up at the show. This is one of my favorites from this year. I also always enjoy the Amateur Flower Show, with all the creative themes for flower arrangements. Unfortunately, I neglected to get any pictures of that show this year.

Okay, so that’s enough about the garden show! Starting tomorrow, we’ll be back on the trail of the Demo Garden. Seed starting, weeds, peas, compost, pruning, and more are coming your way in the next 2 weeks!

Wichita Garden Show, Setup Day 3

Well, our third day of setup for the Wichita Garden Show is over…and I’m exhausted! We also have a lot of small details to take care of before the door opens tomorrow. Yikes! I don’t know how the Great Gardens do it. Well…I do know. They work through the night.

We can definitely see the Great Gardens taking shape at this point. There is lots of detailing to do, and some  – well – more than just details to take care of. Here are a few more sneak peaks.

Waterfalls and water features are always beloved details in the Great Gardens, but in this garden, the vibrant orange geraniums are so very striking.

Several of our Master Gardeners spent hours today decorating our gazebo. You’ll have to come see the final effect.

This garden is very different from all the others in some ways, but they have some great details throughout the garden (not that I’ve walked through the whole thing yet).

Wichita Garden Show – Setup, Day 2

I promised a few more pictures of the Wichita Garden Show setup today. I’ve got a few pictures from some of the Great Gardens today.

This garden is going to be one of the most creative ones at the show…and it’s not a Great Garden, either!

Sometimes Expo hall seems like a construction zone gone wrong. If you look closely through the arch, there’s a pretty cool feature that is just barely visible in this Great Garden.

There’s still only a hint of what this garden will look like finished. The building process is not very glamorous. That said, I’m glad we don’t have that much work to do by opening on Wednesday!

All the plants around the show are gorgeous, but I think these are going to be one of the highlights.