Kate Easton, landscape designer in Port Orchard, won a Gold Medal at the 2011 Northwest Flower & Garden Show for the Washington State Nursery & Landscape Association entry, for which she was a co-designers along with Megan Pulkinnen of Bremerotn, Lloyd Glasscock of Everett and Kirsten Lints of Duvall. Gold Medals are awarded for excellence in design, plant selection, construction and showmanship criteria as well as consistency with the garden design objectives. The 2011 judges are: Lucy Hardiman, garden designer, writer and author; Panayoti Kelaidis, senior curator and director of outreach at the Denver Botanic Garden and a plant explorer; and C. Colston Burrell, acclaimed lecturer, garden designer, award winning author and photographer.
The winning garden, “Cook’s Endeavor Returns with Treasure” was inspired by the novel ‘Stowaway’ by ‘Karen Hesse, and illustrates Captain Cook’s first voyage with Sir Joseph Banks, renown botanist who explored many Asian and South Pacific areas. Imagine how fantastic and exotic Australia would have appeared to intrepid young ”Stowaway”, Nicholas, when he landed with the company of scientists and artists from the HMS Endeavour. While inspired by historic voyages, the garden includes lush and diverse plant material from many different continents, climate zones and topographies. Explore the treasure trove of possibilities available in the northwest. Be inspired to create botanically distinctive arrangements of color and texture in your own garden with plants from around the globe.