Arboretum Display Garden
February 17 to 21, 2016
Washington State Convention Center, Seattle
Each year the Arboretum Foundation, with support from its City and University partners at the Arboretum, presents a horticultural display at the Northwest Flower & Garden Show.
The Hoh: America’s Rain Forest
In keeping with the Garden Show’s 2016 theme—a celebration of 100 years of the National Park Service—our garden depicted the Hoh Rain Forest, one of the best examples of temperate rain forest in the world, and one that’s only a four-hour drive from Seattle.
“The Hoh: America’s Rain Forest” was designed to look like a diorama at a natural history museum. Painted backboards and other framing encapsulated the garden to create a window into Washington State’s ancient, temperate rain forest.
Salvaged logs were staged to look like the trunks of giant trees. Mosses and ferns draped from the trees, while sword ferns, salal, mahonia, and other native groundcovers created a rich, textured understory. The jewel-tone, chartreuse leaves of vine maples popped out against the deep greens of the rain forest and filtered light onto the ground below. A misty rain added authenticity to our garden and helped create a suitable microclimate for the plants.
A Multiple Award Winner!
“The Hoh: America’s Rain Forest” picked up four awards on February 16. The Arboretum’s display won a judge’s Gold Medal, the AHS Environmental Award, the Pacific Horticulture Magazine Award, and the Golden Palette Award! Congratulations to everyone who helped make the garden happen!
The logs used in our display were re-purposed from Douglas firs and western red cedars trees removed from Washington Park Arboretum, primarily for safety reasons. The moss in the display was sustainably harvested from a private property on the Olympic Peninsula managed by the Green Diamond Resource Company, which is committed to responsible forest stewardship. Our thanks to Green Diamond for its generous donation!
For the eight year in a row, renowned local plantsman Bob Lilly and award-winning designer Phil Wood created our display garden. They were assisted by project intern Katie Tenneson.
Plant List & Profiles
“The Hoh” featured many native plants that are excellent choices for the home garden, including Acer circinatum (vine maple), Mahonia nervosa (Cascade mahonia), and Vaccinium ovatum (evergreen huckleberry). Click here to read short profiles of 10 of the plants.
Plant list: Click here for our full plant list.
If you’d like to help with the display garden build or take down, or if you’d like to act as a docent, please email email@example.com or call 206-325-4510.
Photos of Past Arboretum Displays