Ferocious perseverance is what took world-famous glass-and-metal artist, Ginny Ruffner, from a near-fatal auto accident to an against-all-odds recovery and reemergence on the global art stage. I will be forever grateful for knowing her and helping to build her garden at the acclaimed Northwest Flower & Garden Show—running now through February 9th at Seattle’s Convention Center.
Ginny’s garden, Artful Delight, is a visual feast of her Smithsonian-quality art expertly woven into an array of both rare and native plants. The Show features an abundance of award-winning displays – including 50 Shades of Orchids – and the Wine Garden, where you can enjoy refreshments amid this extraordinary view.
Each of Ginny’s metal and glass pieces has a story, and is infused with her unique charm, wit and personality. As Ginny explained while we were hard at work on the garden, “My favorite piece is always the next one.”
Ginny’s own story will always be one of my favorites. Her doctors were certain that she could not survive that accident, and urged her family to disconnect the life support…explaining that even if she proved them wrong, she would be completely paralyzed. But her family knew what Ginny was made of and refused to give up on her. The world was given a gift when Ginny fought her way back, one fiber of her body at a time. Ginny is an inspiration to anyone facing any type of challenge.