News & Awards

2014 Northwest Flower and Garden Show


“Nature’s Studio” was designed by Kristen Lints of Gardens ALIVE and installed by Rob Boyker of Avid Landscape Design and Development for this joint WSNLA and WALP garden.  This garden was the winner of the Founders Cup, X-Factor Award (the garden that best represents new trends in gardening and landscape design) as well as the Pacific Horticulture Magazine Award.

“As mentioned, this garden won the X-Factor Award.  The trends of edible gardening were successfully represented with a vegetable garden, a wine and canning cellar in a hollowed out stump as well as an old lobster trap planted with mushrooms.  Other creative ideas included planting an old log with annual flowers.”

Design by Kirstin Lints, GardensALIVE Design



2017 Northwest Flower and Garden Show

Mochiwa mochiya

Design by Robert Boyker, Avid Landscape Design & Development LLC
Installed with a collaboration between Avid Landscape and Jefferson Sustainable Landscape Management

Awards: Gold Medal, Founder’s Cup (Best in Show)

This garden is a marriage of cultures, beginning with the ethos of the American barbeque infused with a new
level of opulence. Luxurious appliances set in modern etched stone, a porcelain-slabbed patio and a fire bowl
complete the dynamic look of this outdoor kitchen.

On the reverse of the fire bowl, nestled within the gardens, is a semi-formal dining space featuring a traditional,
Asian-influenced low dining table.

The garden is adorned with a vibrant demonstration of sustainability in plant selection. Year-round interest is
evoked with striking combinations of native and regionally-appropriate plants. You’ll find edibles planted
throughout the garden…after all, why limit all those good tastes to one area?

“Take-home ideas” for your own garden: Properly-scaled designs maximize the usability of limited spaces;
creating destinations in the landscape


2018 Northwest Flower and Garden Show

For the Apple of My Eye

Design by Sam Millar, Avid Landscape Design & Development LLC
Installed by Avid Landscape

Awards: Silver Medal

One of college football’s great cross-state rivalries, the “Apple Cup,” is celebrated in this multi-faceted garden.
Though you won’t see gridiron highlights from players representing WSU or the U of W, plant materials and
rock types convey the dichotomy of our beautiful state, both on and off the playing field.

The urban style of the “Westside” showcases an outdoor kitchen surrounded by a dry-stack stone seating wall
– the perfect space for entertaining. There’s a lowland valley transition, offering a representation of a football
field with turf, flagstone inlays, and large seat rocks.

Representing the Cascade Range, the garden’s center is elevated with rock formations and evergreen trees to
draw the “rivalry line” within our state. Saluting “Eastside’s” agricultural output, a “Wheat Glass” sculptural
arrangement symbolizes the rolling hills of the Palouse, punctuated with a millstone-inspired water feature.

Look more for subtle hints that celebrate your favorite team’s colors!

Take-home ideas: Small spaces can share multiple styles


View Galleries above to view awards and pictures from the show.

  • Founders Cup (Best in Show)
  • Ethel Moss People’s Choice Award
  • Gold Palette Award (Best Use of Color)
  • X Factor Award
  • Pacific Horticultural Society Award
  • 425 Magazine Editor’s Choice Award
  • Gold Metal