Area companies exhibit at Garden Show
by Karen Diefendorf
The Northwest Flower and Garden Show, Feb. 7-11 at the Washington State Convention Center, will feature Northwest landscape designers and nurseries, 33 gardens and displays spanning five acres.
One of the most unusual booths at the Northwest Flower and Garden Show this year will be that of Redmond-based Recycled Plastics Marketing (REM). The booth has been constructed from the milk jugs and shampoo bottles that you may have recycled a few months ago.
The company's exhibit will highlight a unique new system of raised bed garden kits made from recycled plastic lumber which never needs painting, is rot and insect resistant, non-toxic, and guaranteed for 25 years.
This year, Berg's Custom Landscaping, Design & Construction of Woodinville will have a major exhibit at the garden show. "Rustic, relaxed, and serene," are the words Tom Berg used to describe his company's display.
Although this is the first year Berg has had an exhibit at the show, his company has sponsored booths in the past. But he is finding that putting together an exhibit is a slightly different matter than a booth and requires much more time and work. In fact, Berg began building various parts of the display last week in his driveway in preparation for the show.
When all is in place, Berg's "Idyllic Retreat" will be what gardeners would hope for in their own backyards: a simple, quiet shelter away from everyday stress and worries. The centerpiece for Berg's pathway to serenity will be a pergola and a pond with water gurgling over a rock. This will be accompanied by a profusion of evergreens, rhodendrons, and bulbs and primroses for color.
But for rhododendron lovers, the highlight of Berg's creation may well be the rare and unusual varieties of rhodies he uses, some of which were brought out of China by his father, Warren Berg, on his 4 trips to that country. Many are virtually unattainable today and can only be found in special collections.
A familiar exhibit to Woodinville residents will be missing at the Garden Show. This is an "off" year for Molbak's, which creates an exhibit for the show every other year. However, the plants that highlight the works of the Northwest Stone Sculpture Cooperative artists will be supplied by the Woodinville nursery.
Peggy Campbell, director of education for Molbak's, will speak Feb. 7 at 11:45 a.m. on Year-Round Colorful Containers in the Hood Room; Feb. 8 at 11:45 a.m. on Hot New Annuals for Summer Color in the Hood Room; Feb. 11 at 4 p.m. on Year-Round Color in the Landscape in the Rainier Room. For more information, call 789-5668.