Maria von BrinckenBoston Flower Show a beauty

The Boston Flower Show open through March 18th stimulates all your senses. I’ve so many great photos of beautiful garden rooms with lovely details and features. Difficult to choose one photo, but the enchantment in the exhibit designed as a children’s garden (first photo) won my vote this morning.

As a landscape exhibit judge representing the New England Chapter APLD (Association of Professional Landscape Designers), it was the first year that we presented an award.

Labeled as a roof top garden, this outdoor room by the Garden Design School USA, could be done almost anywhere–urban or suburban. It was really hard to choose the award winner for our category–two or three exhibits were really close, but the “runners up” all had a major drawback in design. Maybe a transition didn’t work or a feature contradicted the theme and so on. This one worked on all levels. Yet, all the exhibits would be great in anyone’s landscape. All beautiful and superbly crafted. Lots of ideas for the home gardeners and professionals alike.

The smells of flowers, the song of birds, the rich textures and colors of hardscape materials and plantings offered so much welcome stimulation to winter tired senses.

I loved the way the sculptural silver “plants” were used in the water features and tucked here and there unexpectedly within the exhibit. The design featured a simple classic geometric shape based on a cross – highly functional and bold structure framing the outdoor room that included nooks and views in and out. But the diversity of plantings, containers, water features, views, seating areas offered an intimate friendly space invited you in to pause, look, listen, and most importantly, relax.

The  judges shown in this photo are myself, Maria von Brincken, APLD to left, then Joyce K. Williams, APLD, and Ellin Hanlon, APLD. We are all international certified designers.

Flower Shows offer many great ideas as well as welcome sensory delights. Hope you all get to explore one soon.

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Maria von Brincken

About Maria von Brincken

Award-winning landscape designer, garden journalist and lecturer, certified practising designer with the Association of Professional Landscape Designers (APLD), former contributing editor to Landshapes magazine. Sudbury, Massachusetts. Read Maria's full blog at A Garden Maker's Notes

2 thoughts on “Boston Flower Show a beauty

  1. Hi,
    I am looking for recommendations for a landscape architect. Wtih a toddler and baby, I really liked the photo of the children’s exhitbit. Can you tell me who the landscaper is? Are there any other designers that would be good with kids?


    • HI Grace,

      For show information, you should go the the website for the Boston Flower Show. Put the words in the search engine and it should get you there.

      Visit my website to look at my work. I design landscapes that create kid friendly play spaces–a bit simpler than the show garden. I practice in the Boston area. If you live outside that area try for professional designers practicing in your area.

      All the best,


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