Leaning over a drafting table, Lauren Hilburn looks at a sketch that depicts a cobblestone path, row of trees, waterfall, and pockets of perennial shade plants.
“When designing a garden, it’s important to create vantage points from multiple angles,” she says. “So if you look through the trees, you find something across the way.”
But Hilburn isn’t talking about a typical, outdoor garden. No, these are the plans for Ardmore-based Hunter Hayes Landscape Design’s upcoming exhibit for the 2011 Philadelphia International Flower Show, “Springtime in Paris.”
“Think En Plein Air, or open air paintings,” says Hilburn. Inspiration is both highbrow (the glorious Jardin de Bagatelle) and plebeian (the city’s famous street artists) and will uplift the landscape company’s own specialties, including hardscaping, planting design, and water features.
“I want to create little windows into the garden,” Hilburn says. “Wouldn’t it be neat to create perspectives in a painting?”
During a recent visit, Flower Show Designer Sam Lemheney shared his drawings of the Show’s main features, including a Parisian park, a carousel-themed stage, and six showcase gardens interpreting different styles of Paris–opulent, romantic, gourmet, underground, medieval and avant garde.
Invited back for the third year in the landscape division, Hunter Hayes says he is looking forward to the Show, in part, because it is good for business.
“It’s been great for us. The show has helped build our business and our name,” he says. “The show has not only helped customer-wise but relationship-wise in the industry.”