Case Study: Retail Embracing Green Space –Starbucks Downtown Disney

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In early November, I traveled down to Orlando for the APLD 2014 International Design Conference (working on a recap post). On my last day I killed time walking around Downtown Disney before my flight home. The area is going through a phased redesign to become Disney Springs with completion in 2016. One of the new spaces already opened included Starbucks. The Starbucks owned store opened in June and is LEED certified like the previously opened store in Downtown Disney Anaheim. Apart of the LEED certification, the store features reclaimed materials, but of more interest to me is the green roof installed by Metro Verde.

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This implementation is interesting because it features a retail company embracing green roofs on the individual store location level. The store’s green roof is 1,800 square feet, the roof is at most a tenth of the size to the other recent green roofs installed by retail giants like Walmart (40,600 sq feet in 2013) and Whole Foods (17,000 sq feet in 2013). The installation shows a commitment to the impact small scale incorporation of green spaces can have on the customers.

Case Study: Retail Embracing Green Space –Starbucks Downtown Disney, Thinking Outside the Boxwood

Even though customers cannot directly interact with the roof plantings, the grasses can be viewed from the ground and are a part of the full sensory experience. The roof also features LED lighting, which allows the plantings to be visible both day and night.  Metro Verde calculated the green roof produces enough oxygen per day for 4 people, not a huge impact environmental. However thinking about the swells of visitors the store will receive and exposure to plants used as key element of design, not after thought is pretty cool for a plant geek like myself.

Case Study: Retail Embracing Green Space –Starbucks Downtown Disney, Thinking Outside the Boxwood

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Grasses Used:

  • Dwarf Fakahatchee, Tripscaum floridnum
  • Lemongrass, Cymbopogon citratus

 

Another interesting part of the Starbucks green roof story is the use of their own coffee grounds in the soil medium at both the nursery growing the grasses and in the continued care of the plants. This story was apart of Starbucks’ press release and marketing within the store. It makes me smile because of all the bags of used coffee grounds (Grounds for Your Garden) I have carted from our Starbucks and place the garden beds at home.

Case Study: Retail Embracing Green Space –Starbucks Downtown Disney, Thinking Outside the Boxwood

Right next to the Starbucks was another key plant area, a reincarnation of New York City’s High Line. Without knowing anything about this project, the finished area completely evoked the feeling of the High Line. Once fully completed the area will be home to food trucks, seating and great vista viewing. Over all it will be interesting to watch as Disney and all the partners help transform the new Disney Springs area.

Case Study: Retail Embracing Green Space –Starbucks Downtown Disney, Thinking Outside the Boxwood

Here are some great Links on the Project for more details:

  • Greenroofs.com (Background on the project with vendors, project details, etc)
  • Greenroof.coffee (website devoted to this specific project with great background)
  • Starbucks.com (press release and additional photos on the project)

 

 

If you want to read more about implementing a green roof at home check out:

Small Green Roofs: Low-Tech Options for Greener Living

By Nigel Dunnett, Dusty Gedge, John Little and Edmund C. Snodgrass

 

In Bloom – November 10, 2014

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I think this will be the final cuttings of items in bloom this year. Almost all the leaves are gone and all the perennials in the nursery are in beds to be wintered over. Below are the final collection of color and some final bounty of harvest off the figs. I will need to replace the in bloom posts with holiday decorating and then planning for 2015.

Bergenia cordifolia ‘Bach’ (Pigsqueak), Beta vulgaris ‘Ruby Red’ (Swiss Chard), Geranium wallichianumHavana Blues‘ (Havana Blues Cranesbill), Senicio serpens (Blue Chalk Sticks), Rosa ssp. (Rose hips), Ficus carica ‘Brown Turkey’(Brown Turkey Fig), Cotinus coggygria ‘Royal Purple’ (Royal Purple Smokebush), Kalanchoe thrysiflora (Flapjacks)

 

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Yew Dell Botanical Garden Visit

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A few weeks back, the family and I had a long weekend trip to Nashville, TN. Along our drive, a much needed pit stop was timed with a visit to Yew Dell Botanical garden, just outside Louisville, KY. It was during a grey and chilly, fall day, so we had the gardens to ourselves other than the few vendors setting up for a wedding later that day.

Yew Dell Botanical Garden Visit, Thinking Outside the Boxwood, Corten Gate

About Yew Dell (excerpt from Yew Dell’s website):

Beginning with 33-acres of Oldham County farmland in 1941, Theodore and Martha Lee Klein spent the next 60-plus years developing an exquisite private estate, a successful commercial nursery and an extensive collection of unusual plants and outstanding gardens. Known locally, nationally and internationally as a first-rate plantsman, Theodore Klein was also a self-taught artisan who personally crafted the buildings and gardens that became known as Yew Dell.

Through the years, Klein collected over one thousand unusual specimen trees and shrubs which were displayed and evaluated in his arboretum. He also worked to develop new plant varieties for the regional landscape, amassing an impressive list of more than 60 unique introductions over his professional career.

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Today Yew Dell features Klein’s original designs spaces along with some new additions keeping inline with his philosophy of looking for plants that naturally thrive the region of Kentucky. Touring the gardens you not only see mature varieties of trees and plants, but also new varieties in trial before being available to the market, carrying on Yew Dell’s history of innovation. You can read much more on the Yew Dell website on the history and specific gardens (here).

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Arrangement of the week – October 27, 2014

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I went out into the garden to stretch my legs last week and came back with a large clipping of foliage and flowers. I was able to pull together two arrangements that had two completely different hues, and then proceeded to only photograph one. Oh well.  Here is one arrangement of the purples and orange, the others was dark burgundy and almost blacks. Arrangement of the week - October 27, 2014, Thinking Outside the Boxwood Here is a list of what was included:

  • Persicaria amplexicaulis ‘Firetail’
  • Cotinus coggygria ‘Royal Purple’
  • Lysimachia clethroides
  • Spiraea nipponica ‘Snowmound’
  • Amsonia hubrichtii
  • Beta vulgaris subsp. cicla
  • Malus ‘Prairifire’
  • Rosa x hybrid ‘Charlotte’ hips,
  • Solenostemon scutellarioides ‘Giant Exhibition Magma’

I am going to be sad when going out to the garden does not produce such bountiful clippings of color. I do a lot of brainstorming during the winter months and these flowers and foliage provide fresh inspiration that the grey and white Ohio winters cannot. Here’s to enjoying it while it lasts.

Design Identified – Andrea Cochran

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It’s funny how things click together. A couple of years ago when I was wondering the suburbs of Detroit I stumbled upon this massive residential job site.  The site was surrounded by a large screen- well of course that just sparked my interest. Then of course this past summer while in Detroit, I stumbled back across the finished product, a modern concrete house in the traditional Birmingham neighbor with a striking modern landscape. The landscape was particularly modern because of the use of Corten, land form and the use of mass planting. As a design element, corten steel is more often seen on the coasts and not much here in the Midwest outside of commercial design. I stopped and took photos of the house, but had the wrong lens for the camera so never posted. A few weeks later, while on Pinterest I came across an image of the garden attributed to Andrea Cochran, which perfectly aligns. Then just this week my wife handed me an old article from WSJ Magazine with the home owner and house featured (LINK to article here). Between the two sources it provided the complete story of the garden – the home owners tastes and desires with the landscape architect’s knowledge and aesthetic. (I was also able to get more details from some other sources).

Design Identified - Andrea Cochran, Thinking Outside the Boxwood, photo by Nick McCullough

Design Identified - Andrea Cochran, Thinking Outside the Boxwood, photo by Nick McCullough

Above two images I took during this summer (2014).

The plants palette for the garden was kept to a hand full of species- which is indicative a modern planting scheme.  From what I could see from the passerby point of view the plant list consists of Heritage River Birch (Betula nigra ‘Heritage’) single stem, Rhus aromatica ‘Grow-Low’ (Grow-Low Sumac), Thorn-less Honey Locust (Gledistsia triacanthos var. inermis), Yew (Taxus xmedia), Switch Grass (Panicum virgatum), Eastern Arborvitae (Thuja occidentalis),  Upright European Hornbeam (Carpinus betulus ‘Fastigiata’) or Upright European Beech (Fagus sylvatica ‘Fastigiata’)

 

Here is the background information from Andrea Cochran’s website:

“The courtyards of this Michigan residence are integral to the overall architecture. Each is an exquisitely designed piece of art that extends and enlivens the living spaces. Views into these oases offer a counterpoint to the austere modern interiors, while also providing immediate access to the open air. The designs both soften and create continuity with the character of the house, interweaving architecture and landscape seamlessly.”

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Design Identified - Andrea Cochran, Thinking Outside the Boxwood

The above two images are taken from Andrea Cochran’s website. The first is of the street view of the home and the second is of the courtyard space behind the home.

 

Here are more details and schematics of the home via the architect of the home, Steven Sivak.  (LINK to more photos here).

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The plans are for the garage in the back to be covered in ivy and be a giant green box. This will be a unique area since it is already cocooned into a courtyard hedge.

 

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The above two images are taken from Andrea Cochran’s website. The cor-ten sculpture is created in the style of Chris Burden  and installed by MBM Fabricators.

 

Here are some of the plants IDed in the design of the project.

 

Seasonal Color for Your Mood

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I am an advocate container and seasonal color for the ability to change your homes’ mood from season to season and introduce elements that provide a twist to the story of your landscape. This home in historical German Village is a great showcase how seasonal color can provide serious (and noncommittal) impact. The front yard space is about 7 feet deep and is planted with low, monochromatic and textural plantings. This was done intentionally to place the focus the window boxes and containers which are replanted four times a year with annuals and perennials. This frequent change allows us to change the mood and tones of the garden with the seasons and homeowners’ humor.

Summer 2014 – Color Explosion 

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Our color expert, Steve, and I created the combo for the windows to showcase an explosion of color. As you look at the house the two window boxes flank a central planter that is plant with Sterlitzia nicolai and Ipomea ‘Illusion Emerald Lace’.  The containers were kept simple with just two species because the window boxes behind were the real show in this case.

Seasonal Color for Your Mood, Thinking Outside the Boxwood Coleus ‘Dark Chocolate’, Lantana ‘Luscious Lemonade’, Begonia bolivensis ‘Waterfall Encanto Orange’,  Setcreasea pallida ‘Purple Heart’, and Dichondra argentea ‘Emerald Falls’, Seasonal Color for Your Mood, Thinking Outside the Boxwood

In this pair of window boxes you can see the amount of color and texture that is billowing over the edges.  Plant Identification (Starting from the top down) Coleus ‘Dark Chocolate’, Lantana ‘Luscious Lemonade’, Begonia bolivensis ‘Waterfall Encanto Orange’,  Setcreasea pallida ‘Purple Heart’, and Dichondra argentea ‘Emerald Falls’

 

Fall 2013 – Dark & Moody 

As we moved into fall the planters were planted in a monochromatic scheme of blue and purples.  Redbor Kale (Brassica oleracea ‘Redbor’ and Medusa Ornamental Pepper (Capsicum annuum) were used alongside pansies to add some fall flair.

 

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Looking at the planter with Redbor Kale, Medusa Peppers and Silver Scroll Heuchera and Setcreasea pallida ‘Purple Heart’

 

Winter 2013: Extened greens

Adding Winter containers are normally the most appreciated in Ohio when most landscapes are brown, grey and dull green.  Adding lights and hits of color always brings a welcomig impact that can stay long past the traditional Christmas decorations. The planters are filled with a Fraser Fir greenery, Southern Magnolia, Leyland cypress and scarlet curly willow.

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Looking at the front door we also draped the entry with a lush garland to welcome holiday guests and passersby. The garland and wreath at the front and embellished with eucalyptus, magnolia and Leyland  cypress  to tie in with the window boxes and planters.

Kenneth Lynch & Sons, Inc.

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The other weekend my father-in-law gifted me with a copy of Kenneth Lynch & Son’s Garden Ornaments catalog from the 1970s. It is 176 pages of garden furniture, ornaments, containers, fountains, and statues made in cast stone, iron and lead. Tucked inside was a reprinted article from the September, 1951 issue of The Saturday Evening Post about the company founder, Kenneth Lynch. Trained as a blacksmith, Lynch was known for his work in restoring and recreating metal armor and motto “if its made of metal, Kenneth Lynch can make it.” He expanded his design offering from purchasing the cast off molds, dies and patterns from other metal smiths marginal lines.

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On the left is my 1970s catalog. On the right is the catalog/book I received when I contacted Kenneth Lynch & Sons for a copy of their current catalog. There are some products that are listed in both, but both feature items not included in the other.  If you are interested in their products you really need to request a catalog or download the PDF version. The website does not provide great photo examples of their work outside the catalog. 

 

The Saturday Evening Post article gave a great framework on the company’s history and transformation. It includes the great lesson to always say yes and have a “can do attitude,” you never know where that will take you. My favorite anadote is how he had a police officer help him steal a one of a kind sample bench for the 1939-40 World’s Fair so he could copy measurements and make molds to help win the work fabricating the 800 benches needed for the fair. Also, he did the work within the two week deadline.

Kenneth Lynch & Sons, Inc., Thinking Outside the Boxwood

Here is the drawings for the Worlds Fair Bench, which is also used in New York City Parks. If interested you can still order this bench design. 

 

Even if you are not thinking of purchasing from the company, the catalogs give you great inspiration for design work and containers. Here are some detailed shots from inside the catalog of favorite pages.

Kenneth Lynch & Sons, Inc., Thinking Outside the Boxwood

A lot of these tables do not appear in the current catalog, but I like the legs on the wrought iron legs. Simple design without a lot of extra flourish. 

 

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I gather planters were not a favorite product since there were just a few pages of containers. What they do offer are a lot of different shapes and scale. 

 

Kenneth Lynch & Sons, Inc., Thinking Outside the Boxwood

Showcase of the detailed banning options for lead containers. 

 

Kenneth Lynch & Sons, Inc., Thinking Outside the Boxwood

The animal shapes of the kids playground equipment are amazing and great reference for making some almost mid century topiary shapes. 

 

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The straight lines of the chairs on the bottom left feel modern and contemporary. Even the scroll own on the loungers are unique and different from current items on the market. 

 

Here are some photos from the current catalog of products. You can see the catalogs are set up much of the same way with black and white photos.

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Their current catalog has beautiful cisterns that would great in formal spaces or used as garden planters. The catalog also includes cast stone and lead animal statues; deer, dogs, birds and the more exotic kangaroo or hippo.  

 

I would recommend the 1970s (or 60′s) book for any garden designer for creative reference. I found a few listed on eBay for anyone interested:

  • 1966 Garden Ornaments Catalog, by Kenneth Lynch & Sons – currently $50, Buy it Now.
  • 1961 Garden Ornaments Wholesale Catalog – Kenneth Lynch & Sons – Currently $45, Buy it Now
  • Garden Ornament an Encyclopedia from Kenneth Lynch & Sons – currently $16 (this is a bound book compared to my copy, and looks to have different images)

Here are links to the Kenneth Lynch & Sons company information. I was not able to find a lot of color photograph examples of their products nor have I ever used their products.

 

If any one is interested in the full article from The Saturday Evening Post, I can scan the article and send you a pdf. It was very entertaining and you appreciate all that Lynch accomplished in his life.

Get the Look: Rocca Civalieri

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Get the Look: Rocca Civalieri, Thinking Outside the Boxwood

 

An image from Giardino Segreto of this garden has been the cover of my GARDENS board on Pinterest for awhile. I see it so often I sometimes glance over it. However, current projects have been evaluating different plants against dark walls and went to search out more photos of this project. The design was completed for Rocca Civalieri, located at the Monferrato Hills in Italy. The design was the result of turning the one time summer sanctuary of Piedmontese nobles from the late Middle Ages and farm into a hotel, spa and convention center. Baietto Battiato Bianco were the architects for the project and Cristiana Ruspa of Giardino Segreto was the landscape architect. You will be able to tell at the number of photos on the project I included how inspiring I found the overall design.

 

Get the Look: Rocca Civalieri, Thinking Outside the Boxwood

This feature is from Armadillo Bar and is posted from July 2014, so shows the matured plants compared to the other photos of he project with dates in 2012 and earlier. (see the following photo for the change). Also I found the dark wall behind the plantings is created by pre-oxidized cooper in a stratified dark copper.

 

 

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This is the same bed featured from Giardino Segreto at an earlier stage of the planting. This is the circular drive at the entrance of the hotel.  A construction photo from Idea Turisom shows the detail of the bed being edged in a non-oxidized copper (see below).

 

 

Get the Look: Rocca Civalieri, Thinking Outside the Boxwood

This photo from Idea Tursimo shows the construction of the front bed that also includes edging with non-treated copper.

 

Get the Look: Rocca Civalieri, Thinking Outside the Boxwood

Here is another construction photo of the bed with the copper addition prior to to the planting installation. Photo from Idea Tursimo.

 

Get the Look: Rocca Civalieri, Thinking Outside the Boxwood

Here is a final view of the driveway entrance completed. A detail the other photos did not showcase was transition to a paved hardscape closer to the building entrance from the gravel driveway.  Photo from Giardino Segreto.

 

The Rocca Cilvalieri includes an inner courtyard, which features a bleached wood square pergola structure. Many of the planting from the entrance are repeated here with the addition of climbing iceberg roses and clematis to provide shade.

Get the Look: Rocca Civalieri, Thinking Outside the Boxwood

The central pergola in the bright midday sun, providing the intended shade. Image from Armadillo Bar.

Get the Look: Rocca Civalieri, Thinking Outside the Boxwood

An alterantive view from Armadillo Bar of the courtyard area.

Get the Look: Rocca Civalieri, Thinking Outside the Boxwood

This photo feature the courtyard at a cooler light and younger plantings. Photo from Giardino Segreto.

Get the Look: Rocca Civalieri, Thinking Outside the Boxwood

My favorite detail is how the copper planters are enclosed by the stairs and the horizontal detail reflects the step’s treads. Photo from Giardino Segreto.

 

The last photo I want to share before we get into the plant and material break down is the aerial view provided by Copper Concepts. The highlighted portion showcases the area clad in the pre-oxidised copper. You can see the circular drive and the rectangular courtyard featured in the previous photos.

Get the Look: Rocca Civalieri, Thinking Outside the Boxwood

 

Here is a breakdown of the plants featured in the design with the hardscape materials. I want to note that Giardino Segreto provided the plant ids on their website and want to give credit to them for being open to share this information.

Get the Look: Rocca Civalieri, Thinking Outside the Boxwood

 

 

Links to purchase:

  • Artemisia arborescens ‘Powis Castle’ – Ball Seed
  • Miscanthus sinensis – Fine Gardening for image   PLEASE NOTE: - Miscanthus sinensis Anderss (or Japanese Silvergrass) this is on the National Park Service website as an invasive plant for the Mid-Atlantic region. 
  • Perovskia atriplicifolia – White Flower Farm
  • Verbena bonariensis – Monrovia 
  • Stipa tenuissima – Monrovia 

 

Here are my sources and credits for this article if you would like to read further:

 

 

Behind the Gardenista Garden Design

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As many of you know we are in a competition on the gardening website Gardenista.  The competition is drawing to a close here in a few days, August 8th.  I wanted to shed some more light on the garden that is in the competition.  This garden has been a labor of love for a number of years….every year we design and install a new project- that has lead to this point.  Over the years the client-relationship has turned to friendship and strengthens with every passing project- I could not stress this enough, this project could not have happened without the homeowner’s trust…….and their constant pushing me to be my best….I am truly so lucky!

This Ohio property celebrates the native forest and grass meadows found in the Midwest merged with the client’s love for modern and contemporary design.   Lush perennial borders and a productive vegetable garden help to merge the traditional and contemporary style of the home––building upon the surrounding hardwood forest and Midwest meadowlands  The design was commissioned after the homeowners had moved into their recently built Georgian home.  Frustrated by the initial landscape, I was asked to create a master plan to help blend the owner’s love for modern design and create a sustainable plan to manage the beautiful surrounding hardwood forest.  The goal was to create lush mixed borders, with year round interest, that transitioned between the classic Georgian architecture and the modern pool and pool house with distinctive paving and planting style.  In addition, restore managed native meadows that would frame the mowed lawn area and sculpted paths creating a rich tapestry of native species and habit for the indigenous fauna.

Please enjoy the pictorial tour of the garden!

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Recent Garden Projects:

The garden is ever evolving- the spring of 2014 was a busy one.  The traditional Georgian home received a major touch of modern by adding a beautifully minimal glass solarium which inserts the home into the garden.  Below, you can see how this bluestone and sod terrace was transformed into the the new modern space.   Some the of highlights include block boxwood plantings, steel / gravel staircase, large drifts of Deschampsia cepsitosa and assorted Eryngium, and lastly a low alpine border. The concepts and discussion started last fall and progressed through the winter.    Below and can get some insight to the conceptual layouts- you can also notice how I use my Pinterest inspiration in my concepts.

Like I said, this project is ever evolving- this fall we are under taking an ambitious cantilevered deck which will over look the ravine which runs across the back of the property…..believe me, I will update with the progress.

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Behind the Gardenista Garden Design- McCullough's Landscape & Nursery, Thinking Outside the Boxwood

Behind the Gardenista Garden Design- McCullough's Landscape & Nursery, Thinking Outside the Boxwood

Behind the Gardenista Garden Design- McCullough's Landscape & Nursery, Thinking Outside the Boxwood

 

 

Annual trip to Detroit

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Last weekend I made my semi-annual trip up to the northern suburbs of Detroit for work and inspiration reboot (there are lots of photos to share). I have posted about this trip before, but I find new inspiration each time I go. Detroit is in the news mainly about the post apocalyptic state and mass exodus of the city proper residents. However those who can invest in the city and outside in the suburbs, really are investing, building and taking pride in their area. I am not one to go into the politics of the situation, but I do advocate visiting Detroit. We ate very well, explored very different areas and met with passionate gardeners. The Pure Michigan commercials really are true.

 

One of the main reasons for the timing of our trip was to take part of Detroit Garden Work’s annual Garden Cruise benefiting Greening of Detroit. I believe Deborah Silver and the folks at Branch and Detroit Garden Works are true artists, craftsmen and really just pure genius. When we drive around, you can spot Deborah’s work instantly in either container design or the form she creates in a garden. I really wanted the chance to tour her gardens from more than the street, and the pleasure of touring her own garden at home. There were six gardens featured, some all by Deborah others were a combo of her and the home owners.  Here are photos from the gardens on the tour:

 

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The containers are Branch Studio designed and were planted well over 10 feet tall. The photo does not do the scale justice.

 

Annual Trip to Detroit,  Detroit Garden Work's Garden Cruise, Thinking Outside the Boxwood

 

The next house on the tour was a smaller Tudor style with a silver front yard and pure green structural back yard.

Annual Trip to Detroit,  Detroit Garden Work's Garden Cruise, Thinking Outside the Boxwood

This home featured a front bed planted with three pure silver plants, that provided a calm palette with movement and texture. See the photos below for the whole layered design.

Annual Trip to Detroit,  Detroit Garden Work's Garden Cruise, Thinking Outside the Boxwood

Annual Trip to Detroit,  Detroit Garden Work's Garden Cruise, Thinking Outside the Boxwood

The home also featured branch studio window boxes planted with:

Annual Trip to Detroit,  Detroit Garden Work's Garden Cruise, Thinking Outside the Boxwood

 

Annual Trip to Detroit,  Detroit Garden Work's Garden Cruise, Thinking Outside the Boxwood

The sphere and water features are both designed by Branch Studio via Detroit Garden Works.

 

Another house on the tour featured an elliptical shaped garden and a border of perennials- but the true show stoppers were the twin fountains flanking the central walkway.

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Our final stop on the tour was Deborah’s home. The show stopping feature were the home’s original containers (featured below) and her bubbling water feature. Annual Trip to Detroit,  Detroit Garden Work's Garden Cruise, Thinking Outside the Boxwood Annual Trip to Detroit,  Detroit Garden Work's Garden Cruise, Thinking Outside the Boxwood Annual Trip to Detroit,  Detroit Garden Work's Garden Cruise, Thinking Outside the Boxwood

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Annual Trip to Detroit,  Detroit Garden Work's Garden Cruise, Thinking Outside the Boxwood

 

Since our trip was to pick up some containers from Detroit Garden Works, Here are some photos from the store. They create and import some of the finest garden containers and decor. Always worth a visit to see the unique.

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This water feature was insane. It was created by welding all the individual rods by men swapping every 20 minutes to ensure a random pattern.

Annual Trip to Detroit,  Detroit Garden Works, Thinking Outside the Boxwood

 

We also made our first visit to Urban Detroit Gardens and Fleur Detroit which is just down the street from Detroit Garden Works. Honestly kicked ourselves for never stopping on previous trips. The shop blends the entire garden lifestyle with outdoor, interiors and flowers/events.

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Our Trip also included a visit to Cranbrook Educational Community Campus in Bloomfield Hills and Greenfield Village in Dearborn. The sprawling Cranbrook campus includes k-9 schools, collage and two museums.

Annual Trip to Detroit, Cranbrook Educational Community Campus , Thinking Outside the Boxwood A water feature at the Cranbrook Art Museum. There was so much more to take photos of, but we had rambunctious kids, so taking photos was limited.

 

Annual Trip to Detroit, Cranbrook Educational Community Campus , Thinking Outside the Boxwood

This was the Corten landform at the entrance of the campus. Corten has yet to make its appearance in Columbus, but you see it all round in Detroit’s landscapes.

 

Below is are garden at an 1600′s English cottage at Greenfield Village. We spent a full five hours touring the buildings, playing and riding the train. What Henry Ford created was almost like the Disney World for historical life. Buildings from across America and England were transported to the village to compile a 300 year view into working and living experiences.

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So there was our Trip to Detroit in a 20 or so photos. I could add a few more must see places, so if anyone is interested in my complete list of places to see while in the area send me an email or comment. I feel like an unofficial ambassador for Southeast Michigan.