This weekend is the famous Savannah Garden Exposition. Although my company was invited to be an Exhibitor, I have never attended the event, but it's intrigue is great. It is hosted at the Roundhouse Railroad Museum (http://www.chsgeorgia.org/roundhouse/home.htm), a totally cool venue in itself, showcasing Savannah train history.
For this event, my company, Erin P. Salzer Landscape Design, (www.ErinPSalzer.com), was invited with 7 other companies, to create a 10'x 10' exhibition garden. This garden was to be based on'“Our Square Roots” in honor of Savannah’s distinctive city planning and garden designs.'
Our concept was to create a garden showcasing Savannah as a jewel of the Southeast Coast. Features in the garden are inspired by the city’s past, present, and future. For example, the gold bed walls pay homage to the gold dome of City Hall, and architectural elements used in the garden are seen throughout the city. The usage of the square as the basis of the garden refers to the perfect Oglethorpe plan for the city, a plan known throughout the world for its unique ingenuity. The plantings chosen are lush and elegant, pairing and grouping together for an appealing juxtaposition that is also indicative of the city. Southern and tropical plants evoke the sultriness of our subtropical climate, which lets such different plants mesh together.
Further interest is gained by the usage of plants of varying texture and foliage, not just flowers, which is a low maintenance technique for the home garden. The color splashes seen in the recycled tumbled glass aggregate add a vibrant jewel tone to the garden. The glass is a clean, modern, eco-friendly alternative groundcover. Depending on the application of recycled glass, an architect or client may claim LEED credits or “green points.”
The Expo begins Friday, April 17th and will run through Sunday, April 19th, 2009, rain or shine, at the Roundhouse Railroad Museum at 601 W. Harris Street. Hours are 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. Sunday. Hope to see you all there!