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Small Space Garden DIY Projects Straight from the Northwest Flower and Garden Show

My trip to the Northwest Flower and Garden Show in Seattle would not have been complete without a tour of the Small Space Showcase on the Skybridge of the Washington State Convention Center. The NWFGS is known for their impressive large-scale display gardens (and, of course, their speaker series which I was honored to participate in again this year), but I have to say that each year I am equally as taken by the smaller displays.

The lush, full gardens are drool-worthy dream spaces, something that I may never have if I continue to live in a small urban footprint. I was pleased that the artistry and whimsy did not disappoint in the small space displays and at the exhibitor booths for those of us who don’t have expansive yards to play with.Small Space Garden DIY Project Ideas

Join me on a virtual tour of my favorite small space garden DIY projects to spice up any size garden. If you decide to tackle any of these projects, please come back and share some photos with us. I may very well dig into a few myself.

Small Space Garden DIY Projects

Edible Kokedama

You may have seen Kokedama, the Japanese art of creating a hanging moss garden, but have you seen them with edible plants? Strawberries and herbs were planted in this display that had chalkboard plant tags held on by vintage forks. These darling designs were created by Patricia Ruff of Rocky Bay Garden Creations.mint kokedama

Her small space design was my favorite of the day with gorgeous moss art, vertical planting, and hypertufa that takes that cake.Rocky Bay Garden Creations

Sculpted Hypertufa

Have you ever seen hypertufa planters that look so refined? Patricia Ruff from Rocky Bay Garden Creations (who made the kokedamas) created these gorgeous organic planters that look like nothing I’ve seen before. I must learn her secrets!refined hypertufa planters

Hanging Hypertufa

Patricia also made hanging hypertufa planted with inset marine rope. This is one talented lady.hanging hupertufa

Stylish Bug Hotels

I love a good bug hotel, and these did not disappoint. You can see how to make one here.bug hotels

Vertical Succulent Gardens

I think just about anything can be turned into a succulent wall planter now. From frames to purple pumps, this display gets your DIY mind spinning.shoe succulent plantersvertical succulent planters

Floating Iron Trellis

I love the idea of using an iron garden gate or trellis above a container garden. This one is floating above the container, making it just that much more interesting in the space.floating container trellis

Wine Box Planter

It’s a simple idea, but one that I love. A wood box, a little vintage-style graphic, and some plants. This is perfect in a small space like a deck or balcony.wine box planter

Wall Mounted Strawberries

While I’m not a fan of a pallet garden, this strawberry wall planter has enough refinement to appeal to my taste. I’m not sure if it was a pallet at one time, but now it makes a lovely space to grow berries.vertical strawberry planter

Something Unexpected

Hey, those aren’t tomatoes. But they are brightly-hued hyacinths in a vintage tomato crate. Part brain teaser and part pop of color. All in all, it works!spring bulb planter

About the Author : Stephanie RoseAn artistic gardener aiming to feed the body & soul through an urban potager garden & a community veggie plot in Vancouver.View all posts by Stephanie Rose

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