2011 NWFG Show

Cook's Endeavour Returns With Treasure

2011 Show Garden Wins a Gold Medal 

I am pleased and proud our WSNLA display garden entry in the Northwest Flower & Garden Show received a gold medal from the judges. Gold medals are awarded for excellence in design, theme, plant selection, construction and showmanship criteria. Our garden, "Cook's Endeavour Returns With Treasure", was inspired by a true story in the historic novel, Stowaway by Karen Hesse. The book, in diary form, tells the story of Captain Cook's first voyage around the world aboard the Endeavour. Joseph Banks the renowned botanist, who along with his company of artists, naturalists, (and young stowaway Nicholas), documented tens of thousands of plant and animal species throughout the southern hemisphere. Joseph Banks went on to become a founding member of Kew Gardens in London. The display garden depicted their camp at Botany Bay, now Sydney, Australia. 

Plants highlighted in the garden were native to Chile, New Zealand, Tahiti, Australia, and South Africa. Many additional plants honored botanists and their discoveries from around the globe. Our goal was to educate and inspire gardeners about the Treasure Trove of botanically diverse and distinctive possibilities available in northwest nurseries. 




 Thank you Kirsten, Lloyd, & Kate! It was inspiring and fun to work with you. 

Thanks to all the Generous Nursery Owners, Suppliers, WSNLA staff members, fellow Board members, terrific volunteers, friends, clients, LWTC students, and family members who helped us create such a lush, colorful display garden. Karen, we are so proud you thought our garden brought your book to life. 

Thank You All for giving the NWFG Show a Storybook Ending!