Garden Tour

Back in the spring, we were pleased to be asked by Tranquil Water Gardens to join in their effort to fundraise for the organization called Alex’s Lemonade by opening up one of our client’s gardens to their garden tour. This was such a great day. It was filled with fantasic food (thanks to Ann Deffley of Traveling Gourmet), great music (thanks Colin), and an enthusiastic crowd. Aside from knowing that we

Starting Up Again!

This is our first project of the season. It is literally located in what I am convinced is the rockiest place on earth. This first image is only the beginning of what we have been digging up. 18” diameter holes that are being dug for sonotube placement have turned into 3’ diameter holes because we keep needing to remove giant boulders. This is a test of patience! Nonetheless, this is a very fun project to…

I'll Huff And I'll Puff…

...and I'll take your house down because you built it for the Flower Show! I guess all good things have to come to an end. So now we begin the breakdown process. This is always bittersweet. On the one hand, we'll finally get some sleep, on the other hand we put a tremendous amount of energy into this only to have it dissolve before our eyes.     However, we're confident the stone cottage will find a good…

Day Three - Are We Done Yet?

After 4 1/2 hours of sleep and we were ready to start Day 3. At this point we were really regretting the size of our display! Nonetheless, with the help of some amazing friends and crew, we are moving along smoothly. And speaking of crew, the team that runs all the machines, brings in the boulders, mulch, helps unload trucks, and set heavy plants, are fantastic! They are the true "heroes" behind the scenes and without…

Day Two Of Set-Up

To be on schedule, we knew we had to finish the house today. We also needed to complete  the water feature. This is the only way that we would have time to complete the plantings, the "entrance sculpture," and all the details. By 2 am, we had met all these goals. And although many of the displays around us were really starting to take shape, our display still looks like it has miles to go.   We are not worried…

Happy Valentine's Day!

Today was the first day of the flower show set-up and we had everything planned out perfectly. We were to meet at our shop at 7 am where we would load up a 20-ton trailer and 10-wheel dump truck with our 12 palettes of stone. Next we would load up a box truck with additional wood pieces, branches, and pine trees. We had loaded our trucks and trailers yesterday so we were ready. Imagine my surprise when I received a phone…

Where Are The Buds?

Well, we can only control what we can control, right? I just received word from the greenhouse in New Hampshire who is forcing the majority of our flowering plant material that almost all the plants we chose for the show are NOT producing flower buds. Ummm, the start of the show is two weeks away!  As we normally do, we wanted to push the envelope with the plant selection and knew that this might pose a problem.

More Stone, Really?

When I look around at our shop and see the piles of stone that we already have, and then hear Neil tell  me we need more stone, I just let out a sigh. Mostly because all I can think is, "How are we going to get all of this to the show, installed, and then removed?" We must have some good karma though because once again, we are blessed with people who are willing to help us out. This year, Scott Grenon, of Grenco,…

Dewalt, Sponsor Us!

Ha!Ha!Ha! I could not resist adding in this photo of our Dewalt hammer drills. I'm thinking if word gets out, maybe they could sponsor our display! In all seriousness, we've been splitting granite for what feels like days on end. I can't complain though, the drills are doing the hardest part of the work, and quite well I might add.       On second thought, I probably am complaining to myslef in this…

Mohegan Sun Home Show

As part of our winter marketing, we attended our first home show for the Connecticut Builder's Association. This year it was  at the Mohegan Sun Casino. I have to say, we were quite impressed by the place. It's like walking into a stage set. But we were there strictly for business so there was no time to try our hand at Lady Luck.           Since Neil is a licensed landscape…