Land Hoe! wins silver medal at Seattle garden show
Mukilteo’s own Land Hoe! Landscape Design & Construction won a silver medal in this year’s Seattle Flower and Garden Show.
The theme for this year’s show, which ran from Feb. 5-9, was “Art in Bloom.”
Company owner Bruce Gaudette and designer Rebecca Robinson collaborated to produce their garden titled “The Poetree: Rhythm & Rhyme in the Garden,” paying homage to one of the oldest of art forms.
“Rebecca Robinson and I were very pleased to have been honored with a silver medal level acknowledgement by the judges,” Gaudette said.
Their garden, rimmed with a natural stone wall, was a series of rising rings of plants and stone drawing the eye to a Kousa Dogwood tree anchoring the garden, all back dropped with a contemporary horizontal cedar fence of varying plank widths.
The tree held white parchment circles with poems written by high school students who participate in the “Hands for a Bridge” organization, which seeks cross cultural understanding through shared poetry.
Judges awarded medals to gardens that met standards in originality, creativity, professionalism, use of plant material, overall presentation and if they followed the theme.
Gaudette said the judges found the contemporary fence in the Land Hoe! garden compelling. It was constructed of clear Western Red Cedar from the Northwest and had no seams.
“[The boards] started at the outermost posts and then merged into the corner behind the ‘poetree,’” he said. “To create rhythm and character, the boards started at the top and bottom as wide planks and then became consistently smaller, separated by 5/8 inch gaps, until meeting at the center in a group of three slender boards.”
After participating in countless garden shows in a support role over the years, Gaudette decided that Land Hoe! should start its 22nd year in business with its first-ever solo garden at the Seattle show.
He said many customers from Mukilteo stopped by to admire the work and to say “Hi.”
-Edited by Beacon staff