Tuscan Charm from Burke Bros.

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For the 2009 Show, Burke Brothers Landscape Contractors set out to mimic the narrow terrace gardens of Tuscany. Long, linear designs using hedges and herbs showcase the art installations contributed by local artists.

Lauren Clabbers told me that elementary school children painted the prominent sunflower mural (what talented young people!). Also on display are bronze sculptures and a mobile that spins in the wind.

Looking ahead, Lauren predicts perennial plants will be a big presence this upcoming spring. “Everything works in cycles, and from what I’ve read and what I’ve seen, perennials will be making a comeback,” she says. “Perennials make perfect sense in these economic times. They are largely low maintenance and can last for years to come.”

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