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SF Flower & Garden Show

SF Flower & Garden Show

Richard Alcina, Principal, ASLA and David W. Nelson, Principal, ASLA LEED AP, NCC/ASLA President-Elect, both of MPA Design, represented ASLA as jurists on March 18, 2014, for the San Francisco Flower and Garden Show at the San Mateo Event Center. The event organizers gave no judging criteria, and suggested we use our own judgment and provide a written critique for the designers’ benefit.

Fourteen gardens were observed during the three hour jury, with the goal being to select one garden as the most successful. We defined our judging criteria for a successful design as one that expands the limits of landscape architecture, reflects current trends in sustainable design, and includes creative application of materials. In short, it should create memorable space. We categorized them as two fantasy gardens, one entry garden, two rooftop gardens, four patio gardens, two cultural gardens, two modern gardens and a vine dome garden. The gardens were fabulous, and the judging was very challenging. The gardens were beautifully designed and executed, reflecting landscape architectural design excellence, with three or four in a virtual tie for best of show. After pages of note taking and serious discussion, we came to the conclusion that the vine dome garden took advantage of natural materials, successfully demonstrated grading, and was thoughtfully planted, with both geometric and organic forms. This design stood out as the most memorable, and was judged best garden.
by David W. Nelson, ASLA, LEED AP, Principal
MPA Design

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