The concept began nearly a year ago when Sue Goetz and her daughter Courtney decided to team up and build a display garden together. One of the Northwest Flower and Garden Show’s award-winning display gardens, The Art of Retreat, featured two outdoor studios placed back to back. Each building reflected the design preferences of the individuals for this mother-daughter team.
Judges for the show gave The Art of Retreat several well-deserved awards — a gold medal, Sunset Magazine’s Western Living Award, and the Fine Gardening Magazine Award. The team pulled together two different design themes and successfully melded them into one garden. I am confident the judges understood this was not an easy task to accomplish.
Here is the finished garden, showing each side— Sue’s unplugged Studio Botanica and Courtney’s plugged-in Court Cave.
The display gardens inspire us, but knowing what it takes to build them helps us fully appreciate them! Visit the article “Behind The Art of Retreat,” which tells the backstory about the work that goes into making this display garden for the Northwest Flower and Garden Show.
Original article for Rainy Side Gardeners: 2014/02/09.