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Mill Creek Landscape Designer Wins Big
By Sarah Jackson
Herald Writer

Results from the judging at the Northwest Flower & Garden Show — going on now through Sunday in Seattle — were released Wednesday, and Snohomish County garden professionals won big.

Jessi Bloom, 31, with N.W. EcoLogical Landscapes of Mill Creek, swept the show with her creative garden, “A Family’s Little Farm in the City.”

Bloom designed the display garden with help from Seattle Tilth and her 8-year-old son, Noah Kenney.

It won the American Horticultural Society Environment Award, the Pacific Horticultural Society Award, the Sunset Western Living Award, and the 425 Magazine Award, all in addition to a gold rating, the highest given at the show.

Featured in the Jan. 28 edition of The Herald’s Home & Garden section, Bloom’s garden plays directly into the theme of the show, Beauty and Functionality.

It includes raised beds and containers for growing organic food, goats that nibble weeds and produce milk, chickens that aerate and enrich the soil with their mobile coop, and multiple water-saving elements, including a rain barrel, a cistern and a rain garden.

It also features solar panels, whimsical art, a tunnel for kids to crawl through, plus an elegant sitting area.

These are big-time awards given by a distinguished panel of horticultural professionals, led by Fergus Garrett, head gardener at Great Dixter, London; Roger Swain, author, gardener and former host of PBS’s “The Victory Garden”; and veteran San Francisco-based landscape architect, Andrea Cochran, Andrea Cochran Landscape Architecture.

Brent Bissell, owner of B. Bissell General Contractors of Snohomish, won the prestigious best-in-show award known as the Founder’s Cup for his work on “Ahead of the Curve,” a sophisticated, dramatic garden designed by Karen Stefonick of Le Jardin Home & Garden Design of Seattle.

Bissell’s garden also received a gold rating, along with Pacific Stone Co. of Everett, which presented a stone-filled garden titled “Meditation From Within.”

Out of 22 gardens judged, the panel gave seven gold ratings, six silvers, seven bronze and two crystals.

Sunnyside Nursery of Marysville won best use of recycled materials in the show’s container gardening competition.

See www.heraldnet.com/mudraker for links to photos of the flower show gardens.

Sarah Jackson: 425-339-3037, sjackson@heraldnet.com.

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