Spring has already sprung in our area, although one hard frost could change all that. I know that some places won’t be seeing spring for a while (sorry about that, Minneapolis) so today I went to the Southern Living Show to take in an extra dose of spring flowers to share with you. Oh, the sacrifices I make!
I’ve been to similar indoor shows in other cities, but this one is the best to me and the one this year may be my all-time favorite because of the extra creativity. Exhibitors selected books as inspiration for their displays. The gardens were large and quite popular, so I couldn’t possibly stand back enough to take a photo of the entire scenes. Here are some snippets.
Water features were popular.
This won an award for best color palette. (Note to self: find something to paint RED!)
The next one is Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. A bubble machine added even more magic.
One of my favorites faithfully recreated a page from a book called The Backroads of North Carolina. This scene used to be a common one in eastern North Carolina–an old tobacco shed and vintage tractor. The smell of drying tobacco was pleasant… nothing like a lit cigarette.
This old gas pump was part of the same exhibit:
I know I should stop, but there was so much more…!
You’ll recognize this couple. . . Romeo and Juliet. Wait ’til you see the water feature.
It wasn’t hard to figure out how the landscape group made their book selection. The name of the company? The Loving Group.
Ya gotta love it (and you know I had to say so.)
The books which inspired these and the other gardens included: The Secret Garden, The Giving Tree, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, Darby O’Gill and the Little People, Avatar, Where the Red Fern Grows, The Last of the Mohicans, The Great Gatsby, The Notebook, and South of Broad, in case you’re trying to guess.
The Celebrated Jumping Frogs of Calaveras County garden had plenty of sassy frogs doing a little celebrating themselves.
There was an outdoor kitchen for Julie and Julia, The Swiss Family Robinson, Boy Meets Girl, Brazil, and There’ll Always Be an England… is that a book or a song?
Maybe the book was a songbook.
(More? This link takes you to pictures on the The Charlotte Observer website.)