Langley merchants win awards at show | NOTABLE
March 10, 2011 · Updated 9:13 AM
Langley’s own Chocolate Flower Farm and Lowry-James Rare Prints & Books both caught the attention of the judges at this past weekend’s Northwest Flower & Garden Show in Seattle.
The Chocolate Flower Farm was presented with the award “Best of Show” for its booth exhibit at the Seattle Convention Center.
The booth included two sheds by Bob Bowling Rustics, a greenhouse and a chicken coop, as well as an antique wagon, wooden wheelbarrow and antique bicycle and plow from Chocolate Flower Farm. Visitors were drawn to the booth, not just by the visual appeal of the sheds and antiques, but by the smell of the chocolate candles that are made by owner Marie Lincoln.
Lincoln was also singled out among vendors to be interviewed by Ciscoe Morris, host of “Gardening with Ciscoe” on KIRO FM’s Saturday morning radio show. Morris talked with Lincoln in a live broadcast from the convention center. Lincoln provided prizes made at Chocolate Flower Farm to give away to the listeners during the broadcast.
Experience paid off for Lowry-James Rare Prints & Books, which has exhibited at the Northwest Flower & Garden Show each year since 2003.
The company received kudos for its booth presentation, garnering the “Outstanding Marketing Display” award for its exhibit of fine and rare natural history prints and books at the garden show.
In the tradition of a British country estate, the walls of the 10-by-20-foot booth featured a tapestry of a framed 19th century botanical engraving of Sir Joseph Paxton’s “Magazine of Botany,” circa 1836, as well as Georgian bird engravings and a large pre-World War II British railway poster of “Lambing,” by Clare Leighton. One entire wall of the booth was lined with shelves of fine and rare books on gardening, natural history and the culinary arts. Black-draped tables were filled with wicker baskets and neatly arranged stacks of matted and documented engravings to tempt the visitor and encourage perusing.