GROWDOWN! DESIGNER FORUM
Thur., May 30
4:30 to 5:30 p.m. – Self-guided tour of the Growdown! gardens
5:30 to 7 p.m. – Designer Forum & special screening of the Growdown! Short Film
This spring marked the first ever Growdown! The Great Tucson Garden Design Challenge at Tucson Botanical Gardens. Four local landscape designers went trowel to trowel, competing to create the best small Tucson garden in 24 hours or less:
• Scott Calhoun, Zona Gardens, LLC
• Chris Jeffrey, LJ Design & Consulting
• Ezra Roati, REALM, an Urban Organics Co.
• Janis and Phil Van Wyck, Van Wyck Projects
Working on bare 15-by-20-foot plots, the designers drew support from nearly 50 Community Partners—local businesses, artisans and merchants who donated and loaned time, plants, materials, artwork, and expertise to make the designers visions come to life. When the dust settled, we were left with four expertly-crafted small gardens reflecting the local landscape and the local community. Filmmaker and Fellow at the Hanson Film Institute, Marcus De Leon, documented the Growdown! process in a short film. Join us for a special screening of the film and a discussion among the designers themselves about what inspired them, the process of bringing the gardens to life and tips for incorporating some of their features and approaches in your own landscape. Arrive early and take one of the last opportunities to see the gardens while they’re on display (through the end of May). Free and open to the public.
The 2013 Growdown! Winners are:
Gardens will be up for view through the end of May 2013.
Event Sponsor: Wallace Research Foundation
Media Sponsor: Tucson Lifestyle Home & Garden magazine
Awards Sponsor: Bill Trimmer, The Painted Gecko
Luncheon Sponsors: Cox Communications; Metal Arts Village
Garden Friend Sponsor: DeConcini McDonald Yetwin & Lacy P.C.
Community Design Partners
B & B Cactus Farm
Bella Vista Landscaping, LLC
Casa Blanca Horticulture
Cesar Rascon Masonry
D & D Materials
David Rojo Metal Fabrication
Debra Raeber Handbuilt Planters
Desert Survivors Nursery
Dorado Rock & Materials
Drake Built Steel Projects
Fitzgerald & Sons Carpentry
Grant Road Lumber
Jose Guerrero Planting and Irrigation
Kalamazoo Materials, Inc.
Mesquite Valley Growers
Mountain States Wholesale Nursery
Nick Tranmer Sculptor
Pioneer Sand Company, Inc.
Plants for the Southwest
Pottery Blow Out!
R.O. Landscape & Tree Service
REALM, an Urban Organics Co.
Santa Rita Steel & Hardware Co.
Santa Theresa Tile Works
Tucson Bobcat and Shade
Tucson Turf LLC
Wei of Chocolate, LLC & Wisdom-Nectar
Windows and Walls
Zona Decorative Concrete & Construction
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