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LEO ZODIAC GARDEN
award-winning Leo Zodiac Garden at the Portland Home and Garden Show

WHERE WE STARTED

Lions Garden sketch
The sketch...

Lions Garden, plan
... and a plan

DETAILS

Lions Garden, detail
Humor is always welcome in a garden, so we added these wire-frame topiary lion heads, stuffed them with moss, gave them grassy manes, and added colored stones for noses and eyes.

TA-DA!

Lions Garden, overall view
The final garden during the show, with lighting, displays the stone circle and wall, the large potted palm at left, and the small water feature with lion head at right

ABOUT

  • the owner of the Portland Home and Garden show approached 12 APLD garden designers to design 12 zodiac-themed gardens; we took on the sign of Leo

  • show gardens begin with a slab of concrete in the middle of a large empty room

  • because this garden was one of 12 in a circle, the space was wedge-shaped

PROJECT GOALS

  • create a captivating garden that met the theme of 'The Leo Garden' as one of 12 Zodiac Gardens.

  • use the countries of Leo: Provence, France and Italy as inspiration.

  • provide a change of height

  • provide a water feature

  • incorporate lions

  • keep visitors out of the garden, viewable only from the front and coordinate elevations with the designers on either side

DESIGN CONCEPTS

  • Using a steel-framed gazebo, we created a circular patio within its confines

  • we added height at the back and created a stucco-looking wall with colors inspired from Italy and Provence

  • we selected plants that would normally grow in either of those two locations and would also grow in the Pacific NW

  • we emphasized the theme using a Provencal tablecloth, Paris park chairs, and a typically stone-topped wall style from the area

  • instead of using the predictible lion head fountain, we chose to have a local artist create a lion's head in ceramic as an ornament on the water feature wall
 

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