Call for Applications
2015 GrowDown! The Great Tucson Garden Design Challenge
Small Gardens Big Ideas
The Tucson Botanical Gardens is seeking competitors for the 3rd Annual Growdown! From Tuesday, March 18 through Saturday, March 21 2015, three local landscape design professionals will go trowel-to-trowel in a three-day competition to transform an empty 15’ x 20’ plot at TBG into “the best” Tucson pocket garden. The theme, Small Gardens, Big Ideas, will emphasize creating a small, inviting and usable garden that would thrive under local desert conditions at a home with limited yard space. More details to follow.
On Saturday, March 22, 2014 Maria Voris of Petrichor Landscape Design
was crowned winner of the 2nd Annual Growdown, Landscape Design competition at the Tucson Botanical Gardens.
Growdown is a unique competition held at The Gardens featuring three local landscape design professionals going 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 was given $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.
Maria’s winning design, “Modern Swing” is anchored by a large Ramada housing an oversized swing, perfect for reading, relaxing and lounging, with enough room for 2 (or three!). Maria wanted the space to be “inviting, tempting, interactive, to draw in curious visitors and to provide a sensory experience through movement and surrounding textures”.
The Ramada overhead not only provides shade and privacy it acts as a water catchment surface. Rainwater is directed into the landscape as supplemental irrigation for thirsty plants. A gutter catches water runoff from the roof which is directed into a cistern. The cistern releases water into the landscape. This process is visible to garden visitors, as their path into the space is bisected with the water flow traveling beneath it and into a basin on the other side.
The plant materials used are desert adapted and appropriate for Tucson. Attention was given to texture, color and the habitat they provide.
Allen Denomy and Micaela Machado
Solana Outdoor Living
LJ Design and Consulting
The judging panel consisted of 5 Landscape Design Professionals:
Debby Larson Tucson Lifestyle Magazine Phil Van Wyck, RLA Van Wyck & Associates Paul Connolly, APLD Sundrea Design Studio Darlene Showalter, RLA McGann and Associates Shelly Ann Abbott, MLA, APLD Landscape Design West, LLC
A BIG Thank You to everyone who helped and participated in the 2nd Annual Growdown! Without the help of sponsors, community partners and volunteers this event would not have been possible. Look for the June issue of Tucson Lifestyle featuring a photo layout all of the Growdown designs.
Sponsored By: Tucson Lifestyle Home & Garden, The Stonewall Foundation
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