South Sound Editors’ Pick

The 2013 Northwest Home and Garden Show is underway at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle. Every year, local garden designers compete for awards given by local media. This year’s theme was “The Silver Screen Takes Root…Gardens Go Hollywood.” Creations included a celebration of Film Noire, a tribute to “Honey I Shrunk the Kids,” and a Hobbit’s New Zealand garden, but the award for South Sound magazine’s Editors’ Pick went to a very different garden: Alien on Vacation — Xenomorph Meets Earth’s Most Lethal Plant Colony.

Here are our judges’ comments:

This “Alien” themed garden was a clear-cut standout at this year’s show. Black lights, flower bulbs hanging from their roots and bright neon orange “BIOHAZARD” flower ID tags made the garden a creepy crawly setting. We got a kick out of imagining a hulking, slimy alien using a tender hand to cultivate its delicate garden full of obscure-looking plants. We also were surprised at how such a small space was able to transport us to a different place. Two thumbs up for this display of originality and creativity.

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