Wednesday, May 2, 2018


This past weekend I volunteered with the Orange County chapter of the California native plant society at the South Coast Plaza spring garden show and was impressed to see all the great gardens that were on display.  These gardens were designed by professionals and each garden collaborates with a home store in that mall.  Its a match made in heaven.  The designers get to use items from these stores and the stores get their products showcased for the public to see.  It's a win win.

I have had a display in this show two years in a row (2009 & 2010) so I know what it's like when you have to source everything and figure out how you are getting it borrowed.  It is a lot of work all in the name of promoting your business and generating leads.  It is also a great way for homeowners to get ideas for their garden.

This first garden is designed by Land Workshop INC paired with Crate and Barrel Home Store.  What I like about this design is the different textures in plants.  I also like the wine bottle fountain wall.  Clearly not a cookie cutter design.

The second garden is my favorite of all the gardens.  Designed by Mount San Antonio community college paired with West Elm.  I love the bohemian/eclectic vibe.   Like a garden with things that have been found and collected over time.  This is also a design that could also work indoors.  Almost as if the inside was brought out.

The third design is a rooftop scenario designed by Living Landscapes paired with CB2.   In this case the design has a certain simplicity to it yet maintaining some elegance.  The perfect minimalist garden that could fit on any rooftop.

The fourth garden is designed by Stephanie Shermoen paired with Pottery Barn.   This garden is great for the avid entertainer.  The grill is big and makes a statement in any back yard.  Perfect for any space.

The fifth garden is designed by the Potting Shed by Carlisle paired with William Sonoma.  This is a really pretty design that can work in any back yard.  If this was in my garden I would use the shed as a home office.  This is not the minimalist garden but totally perfect for the avid gardener that loves to putter in the garden.  The shed is perfect for storing gardening tools and plants.

The sixth is designed by Table2Garden paired with CB2.  This is the garden that would love if I wanted a space to chill out and relax.  With different points of interest and colors this garden is great as a secret nook in any space.  I wonder how this wood look on much larger scale.

The seventh garden is designed by the Nursery by Southwinds paired with Sur La Table.  This garden is similar in idea to mine in that there is a space to lounge, a space to dine with lots of drought tolerant plants and herbs.  Although mine is contained in a much smaller size space.  But the idea is the same, which shows that you can garden without having land to garden in.

The eighth garden was designed by Vega Landscape and paired with Crate and Barrel Home Store.  This garden is an eclectic mix of features and elements carefully crafted together.  The fish could almost be realistic about to jump into the water.

The ninth garden was designed by Tulip Landcare Corp. paired with Liuli Crystal Art.  This is an interesting garden.  Definitely for the minimalist that does not want a lot of plants and loves interesting accessories.   The giant flower is stunning and very realistic.  I am intrigued by this garden.

The tenth and final garden was designed by Camille Beehler Landscape Design paired with Z Gallerie.  This garden may not be my cup of tea, but it is a perfect example of why you hire a professional landscape designer.  To design a space that suits your every lifestyle and is unique to your tastes and desires.

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