garden design January 3, 2013

Calling all landscape designers

Show your talents to up to 75,000 gardeners in the Southern California region who pack the four day Spring Garden Show at South Coast Plaza.

John Schoustra of Greenwood Iris and Daylilies says it’s one of the hottest shows he attends all year. I’ve been to many and I agree with John, it’s the best-kept secret in the garden show circuit - and going on its 24th year.

Display garden coordinator, Patty Nelson is putting the call out to designers to pile on this year’s display gardens with the theme “Garden as art”.

“We are also offering stipends to the garden-makers to help offset some of the costs of creating a garden,” said Nelson.

Landscape architects and designers can contact Nelson at 714-325-1075 or email

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Michelle Derviss says:

You got me thinking about how designers benefit from exhibiting at garden shows and all kinds of thoughts bubbled to the top of my ‘crock pot’.
When I first started designing show gardens the venue was in the city of San Francisco at a fantastic site. The designs for the show were scrutinized and curated by a group of respected professionals. I believe because of the location, the way the show was marketed and the quality of the work that was represented the return on investment for the designer was exceedingly high.

This is something that is very important to the continued success of Garden Shows. 

Unfortunately I feel that the local Northern California Garden show has totally lost its mojo and I’m not the only one who feels this way.   

I wish the show would return to its day of being well curated. If it did there might be a resurgence of serious quality consumers in attendance . In the meantime a designer has to ask themselves, is it financially worth it to invest the time and money into marketing at a show that does not attract the market that buys your services ?

Posted on January 4, 2013 at 10:20 am.

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