Bothell landscape designer creates show winner
Sprague wins again at Northwest Flower & Garden Show
It's the fourth year running on the garden show's medal platform for Sprague, a certified professional horticulturist. This is his second year as lead designer, and his 840-square-foot L-shaped garden has nearly 2,000 flowers, bushes and trees wrapped around a patio movie-viewing area.
"I wanted to capture that feeling of a cozy and intimate garden space, yet with the splashes of bright color and subtle lighting of a movie theater," Sprague said in a press release.
His favorite features are crowd-pleasers: A fountain with a 10-foot-tall flower made of welded steel movie reels. Nearby, low-voltage LED lighting is tucked into retaining walls to mimic the soft lights that guide moviegoers to their seats.
Judges awarded Sprague's display garden a silver medal on Feb. 19. He also won a silver medal at the 2012 show for "Peter and the Wolf."
Sprague said it's thrilling to be part of such a massive and unique event year after year, among the biggest in the country and attended by thousands of garden lovers.
"Every day I transform people's yards into their dreams, but the garden show is my chance to shine and express my own artistic vision," said Sprague, 36. "Winning a medal on this stage is a huge honor, and makes all of the hard work worth it."
Sprague is a seasoned pro with two decades in the landscaping and design business. He comes from a family of gardeners who team up with friends at show time to help build his display garden. He also collaborated with carpenter Anders Hagen of Bothell-based Home Restorations Inc., outdoor furniture was provided by Mukilteo Cedar Products, and Bedrock Industries provided the recycled glass mosaic movie screen and a rainbow of super-sized, glass lollipops.
Sprague's Fancy Plants Gardens designs and installs landscaping, walkways, fences, garden structures and lighting. Learn more online through the company's Facebook page.