Winning Design from Growdown! 2013, Phil and Janis VanWyck from VanWyck Projects
Sponsored By: Tucson Lifestyle Home & Garden, The Stonewall Foundation
2nd Annual Growdown! Design Competition.
(Design layouts and additional photos from last year available upon request)
From Wednesday, March 19 through Saturday, March 22 three local landscape design professionals will go trowel-to-trowel in a 24 hour competition to transform an empty 15’ x 20’ plot at TBG into “the best” Tucson pocket garden. Each designer will start with $1500 from the Gardens to help execute the theme, Small Gardens, Big Ideas, creating an inviting and usable garden that would thrive under local desert conditions at a home with limited yard space.
The rest is up them…
Schedule of Events – OPEN TO THE PUBLIC (Included in Gardens Admission)
Wednesday, March 19th – Designer Installation 7am – 3pm
Thursday, March 20th – Designer Installation 7am – 3pm
Friday, March 21st – Designer Installation 7am – 3pm
Saturday – March 22nd – Judging, Awards Ceremony/Reception, Designer Forum, Buffet Lunch (available for $10/person)
MEET OUR FINALISTS!
Solana Outdoor Living
Allen Denomy , a Tucson native and community activist, earned his degree in Fine Arts and Environmental Science from the University of Arizona. With a knack for innovation and technology, Allen quickly landed a professional design career that has earned him several awards and recognition in publications such as; Tucson Home & Garden, Zocalo Magazine, Tucson’s Green Streets Manual and the Tucson Modern Home Tour. His efforts also include working with Tucson Watershed Management Group, ADEQ, ALCA and SAHBA. Allen is the exclusive designer for the residences at The Ritz-Carlton and always strives to provide a unique custom design that utilizes the beauty of our natural environment while offering a dynamic and sustainable approach.
Micaela Machado AKA “Beba”, born and raised in the border town of Nogales, AZ., attended Salpointe Catholic High School and graduated from the University of Arizona with a degree in Sculpture and a minor in business. Her early career began with sculpting and painting naturalistic environments for zoos and aquariums in California such as; Pebble Beach, Monterey Bay Aquarium and the Santa Barbara Zoo. Micaela returned to Tucson and graduated with honors from CAPLA at the University of Arizona with her Master’s degree in Landscape Architecture. Micaela was nationally awarded in 2013 by the Environmental Protection Agency for her design in The Rain Water Harvesting Challenge and has continued her education with Smart Scape and ALCA Sustainable Design certifications.
Petrichor Landscape Design
Maria Voris has always had a passion for design, art, and the beauty of patterns found in nature. After receiving her BA in Visual Communications, Maria spent time exploring environments from Baja to Alaska. She returned to Tucson and found a career designing and providing illustrations for educational textbooks. Looking for a change, she returned to school and found a way to combine her design skills with her interest in ecology and education. In 2012 she received a Master degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Arizona. Maria loves to design spaces that reflect each client’s individuality while celebrating and accentuating the beauty of the natural world. She focuses on creating spaces where people and nature can be in balance, each complimenting the other.
LJ Design and Consulting
Born and raised in Tucson, Iylea credits her native desert roots for her design aesthetic. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Plant Sciences; and went on to earn a Master’s degree in Landscape Architecture from The University of Arizona. Additionally she is a certified practitioner of Tui Na, a Chinese style of massage therapy and finds her study of eastern medicine and martial arts greatly influences her design philosophy and approach. Iylea’s goal for every project is to meet the needs of her client while maintaining respect for the existing local context; creating spaces for people, plants and wildlife to thrive. She prescribes to the belief that all elements of environmental and human systems are interconnected and should be regarded as a whole in order to create balance and optimize the potential for human and environmental health.
Check www.tucsonbotanical.org for updates, schedules and further details.
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