Arboretum Display Garden
February 11 to 15, 2015
Washington State Convention Center, Seattle
Saturday, February 21, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Graham Visitors Center
Would you like to grow some of the delightful, high-quality plants from our display in your garden? Then come to the Arboretum on the Saturday after the Garden Show and make a purchase. See a full plant list, with prices. All sales benefit Washington Park Arboretum.
Picture Yourself on Azalea Way (2015)
An Historic Garden Promenade, Living Dresses, and an Interactive Photo Op
The Washington Park Arboretum has been the stage for many couples falling in love. Taking its cue from the Garden Show theme for 2015, our display portrayed how romance blossoms in the Arboretum, specifically on a spring day along Azalea Way. What could be more romantic than a stroll in the Arboretum along this historic, Olmsted-designed promenade flanked by colorful azaleas, cherry trees, bulbs, and groundcovers?
The scene we created was a timeless one, but it also included a novel twist—our small slice of Azalea Way doubled as a photo opportunity. It was a walk-through garden that allowed visitors to literally step into the scene and stand behind “living dresses”—dress forms richly covered in ornamental plants.
#OnAzaleaWay: Show visitors were invited to become part of our dynamic display and to have their friends or family capture the scene with their smart phones— and post the photos on their favorite social media sites, using the hastag #OnAzaleaWay.
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 Brooklyn Deatherage. Along with Phil, Bob, and Brooklyn, Arboretum Foundation executive director Paige Miller and volunteer manager Megan Meyer make up our Display Garden Committee.
Display Garden Plants
“Picture Yourself on Azalea Way” featured more than 50 plants, including seven varieties of azalea, five varieties of flowering cherry, and six varieties of hellebore. Click this link to see our FULL PLANT LIST. To read profiles of eight of the key plants in our display, click here.
Thanks to Our Partners & Volunteer!
The Arboretum Display Garden would not be possible without the assistance of our partners at Washington Park Arboretum: Seattle Parks and Recreation and UW Botanic Gardens. We would also like to thank the many hardworking volunteers who helped or will be helping to build, docent, and take down the display. For a full thank you list, see our display garden brochure (PDF 1.0MB).
Photos of Recent Arboretum Displays