Sunday, April 19, 2015


This year's KC Symphony Desginer's Showhouse is just about ready to go on view. They'll be opening to the public Saturday, May 9. We'll have tickets for sale for $15 at our Opening Day for Breath of Fresh Air, Saturday, May 2. Pat Teeter from Haling's Greenhouse and I just finished work on the back patio this year.
Breath of Fresh Air….

Our world today is full of all kinds of tensions.  We would like to create a stress free environment as a balance, particularly because we are all connected around the clock, 24/7.  We would like to provide a space to disconnect for a while taking a cue from nature, turning down the volume…taking time for a breath of fresh air.

We begin the patio setting with soft calming natural colors, titanium and aluminum, as our base colors.  The planting containers, water basins and sculptures made of concrete and hypertufa carry these hues.  Colored glass mosaics add sparkle and interest running a range of soothing blues, calming greens and sparkling mirror.  Still water in shallow basins invites birds to add animation and natural entertainment to the setting.  

The simplicity of the hardscape provides a stage for a mixture of annuals and grasses designed to provide controlled thrillers for height, fillers for color and spillers to soften and enliven.  New low-maintenance annuals featuring Marsala, the color of the year for 2015, will take the lead accented with greens, whites and deep blues. 

The patio is an unusual shape in that it is rectilinear on one side combined with a curve on the other. This uniqueness will be enhanced and reiterated by the angles and curves of the containers and sculptures.  Indeed, the nesting cone planters follow the curve of the patio. The patio features a wide ledged low wall surround which feature the containers.  Placing these pieces to the sides and edges of the patio provides plenty of room for an al fresco dining table, grill and seating areas.

The homeowner and her guests can step outside for a time out from the busy day, to disconnect, to pause, to take…a Breath of Fresh Air.

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