Quirkiness Supreme at Floramagoria

Floramagoria is a remarkable private garden we got to see during the Garden Bloggers Fling in Portland back in July. The garden was striking for its design and combination of beautifully grown plants. But it also contains a highly concentrated and entertaining dose of whimsy.

There is so much in this garden that I’m doing not one, but two posts on it, the first of which will concentrate on the quirky elements.

2014-07-13 13.19.13 FloramagoriaFor starters, a duck’s posterior, bottoms up. Presumably the rest of the duck is looking for something to eat under those succulents. I wonder if this would work as a duck decoy.

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I think this must be Sparky the mechanical dog.

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This could be another duck, perched on top of a ceramic bulb. Although it’s a duck with arms and hands instead of wings.

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For gardeners with an interest in paleontology, Floramagoria features miniature of pterodactyls.

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And speaking of prehistory, here is proof that humans did share the earth with dinosaurs.ย I hope that guy in the pink shirt can fend off T rex with a pistol.

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There are also more peaceful critters, like this turtle.

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And this dragonfly.

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And this mechanical snail.

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And I can’t forget the dancing cat.

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There were several babies, all of whom seemed to be either sad or annoyed.

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I’m guessing the guy who made this did so on a day when he had a terrible hangover.

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Finally, here’s a mannequin displaying a typical gardener’s physique. You can tell he’s a dedicated gardener because he’s got a watering can even though it was raining off and on that day.

Believe me when I tell you that Floramagoria is a beautifully designed and maintained garden. It’s clear, though, that the owners aren’t afraid to have fun.

Next up: Floramagoria Part 2 – a seriously gorgeous garden.

42 Comments on “Quirkiness Supreme at Floramagoria”

  1. This was the garden that I most regret missing by not going to the Fling this year! I’ve very much enjoyed seeing everyone’s take on it. I think the artist who made the hangover head is actually a woman — Carol Dean — a local ceramic artist who exhibits every year at the Northwest Flower and Garden Show.

  2. This garden is wonderful and I’m so glad we got the chance to experience it. You’ll find that most babies left outside in all kinds of weather are upset and annoyed; these were surprisingly quiet though. What a relief to finally have conclusive proof that humans and dinosaurs coexisted. On the other hand, is that a pistol or a ray gun? This may be evidence of ancient aliens having roamed the planet. See, they came to kill all of the dinosaurs, build Stonehenge (the dinos would have surly knocked that over) Atlantis, and the pyramids. Then they took off, laughing to themselves about how we’d be speculating for generations about how this stuff happened. Aliens with a sense of humor…

  3. What an interesting and quirky garden . You don’ t often find gardens like this here. Perhaps as gardeners we take ourselves too seriously here. I quite like seeing it in other gardens but wouldn’ t dream of doing it myself. These painted babies give me the creeps but I rather like the dancing cat with the allium sparkler.

  4. What a marvelous post….I really enjoyed the range of oddments, I wouldn’t hesitate to add Sparky, the turtle. dragonfly, snail and cat to my garden, in fact I’d pay a small fortune for Sparky!
    Gosh….the sad/annoyed babies are something else! Good on them, it’s certainly interesting. Looking forward to part 2.xxx

  5. What fantastic art in this garden! The whimsy has gotten me excited to see what the beds look like and what plants they use in their space! They definitely know how to have fun!!! Great post Jason! Stay warm…sure is cold here today! Nicole

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