February 19, 2001
Gardens of Distinction
by Jeanette Knutson
Gardeners are never more optimistic than in February. Thousands of would-be green-thumbers with dreams of turning their stretch of soil into "destination gardens" file reverently past the "masters'" display gardens at the Northwest Flower and Garden Show in hopes of snatching a little inspiration.
LBL Landscape Group of Woodinville took home a silver medal from the show. The peaceful garden, designed by Linda Fraser and Larry Zimmer and titled "With Water and Stone," was dominated by natural stone yet softened by seasonal interest plantings. An intimate flagstone patio with columnar stone water feature drew your eye to terraced hillside gardens and gazebo above.
Russell Services Inc. of Bothell won a bronze medal at the show for its exhibit entitled "Aqua Pelagone." Designed by John A. Russell, the lush garden with antique Italian gazebo, Venus statuary and rushing water lived up to the company's garden philosophy: "a focus on total mind and body relaxation."
This year the show adopted the "English" judging system whereby gardens were judged on how well they achieved their own design objectives and on the quality of their execution.
A judging point system assigned points in five categories assessing the garden. The total of points determined the level of award.