Students Take the Prize

Students Take the Prize

Congratulations to the landscape architecture students at Arizona State University who took home multiple awards, including the ASLA award and Best of Show, for their installation “Inside Out” at the 2013 San Francisco Flower and Garden Show. Local landscape architecture students were also recognized for their efforts. UC Berkeley students won gold, and students from San Francisco’s Academy of Art University earned a silver medal for their installations.

This year, the garden creators were asked to base their designs on a country or geographic region. ASU drew inspiration from urban Mexican culture and architects Ricardo Legorreta and Luis Barragan. Their strong plant palette, innovative use (re-use) of materials, and unique sculptural features created an ‘outdoor’ space that effectively evoked Mexico and showcased the comfort and intimacy of a residential garden.

ASU installation 2013 SF Flower & Garden Show

The ASLA award went to ASU students for “Inside Out” at 2013  SF Flower & Garden Show

ASU wall sculpture 2013 SF Flower & Garden Show

ASU installation wall shadow at 2013 SF Flower & Garden Show

ASU’s plant palette and lighting detail

Both local student installations drew their inspiration from China. Cal students created a succulent-draped, abstract representation inspired by the striking peaks of Guilin, China. Their installation incorporated the popular design vocabulary of vertical gardens to illustrate Guilin’s spectacular landscapes using variation in plant texture and color, effectively creating a plant mosaic, with a nod to traditional Chinese painting.

UC Berkeley students and their succulent representation of the landscapes of Guilin, China


The Academy of Art students created “Life in the Balance”, bringing to life the Chinese philosophy of Yin/Yang and highlighting designers’ responsibility with regard to current environmental issues.


Academy of Arts installation at 2013 SF Flower & Garden Show

Academy of Arts installation “Life in the Balance” at 2013 SF Flower & Garden Show


A hearty round of applause goes out to all these landscape architects of the future for their hard work and well-deserved honors.


The San Francisco Flower & Garden Show ASLA award is given to the garden that excels in artful and sustainable design while demonstrating the stewardship of our cultural and natural environments.

Correction: a previous version of this article mistakenly stated that UC Berkeley students had won a silver medal.

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