Arboretum Display Garden
February 7 to 11, 2018
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 Festival.
Arboretum Carnavale: Wonders of the Winter Garden
The 2018 display will pay homage to an iconic garden at Washington Park Arboretum: the Joseph A. Witt Winter Garden. Dedicated in 1988, the Winter Garden will celebrate its 30th anniversary in 2018. Like this garden, our Festival display, set against a similar backdrop of lush evergreen trees and shrubs, will feature a wide variety of plants that stir the senses throughout the winter season. These include plants that bloom in winter, boast colorful winter foliage and bark, produce winter fragrance, and/or offer unique textures for winter variety.
Our display will also feature two nods to the wider Washington Park Arboretum. First, a large arbor set on a small patio of stone pavers at the front of the garden will call to mind the lush terrace outside the Graham Visitor Center. Second, a small pathway leading off from the right side of the garden will reference the Arboretum Loop Trail, the new 2.5-mile multi-use trail opening in fall 2017, and celebrating its Grand Opening in early spring 2018.
In keeping with the “party” theme of the Garden Festival, the arbor and patio will be filled with string lights, Carnavale masks, and other festive decorations. Festival attendees will be able to step into the arbor to get a more intimate view of the display and experience how winter plantings can be utilized as a stunning party backdrop.
Our display will celebrate the beauty of winter-interest plants, such as witch hazel, camellias, variegated osmanthus, and mahonias. We’ll soon post profiles of key plants in the display on this page. We’ll also publish a final, full plant list as we get close to the week of the Festival.
For the ninth year in a row, renowned local plantsman Bob Lilly and award-winning designer Phil Wood will be creating our display garden, in collaboration with Seattle architect Roger Williams.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 206-325-4510.
Photos of Past Arboretum Displays