It was some time in the mid 1980’s that Martin County adopted the slogan “Enjoy Our Good Nature”. It has stuck with us, and I think that is partly because it nods warmly to the environment while cleverly applauding our own southern hospitality.
This year, while serving on the executive committee for the Children’s Home Society 2012 Designer Showcase, I have been repeatedly reminded of that “Good Nature”. Local volunteers, donors and businesses have enthusiastically and liberally given their time and treasure to support the wonderful work of the CHS.
My contribution was the landscape plan for the Capt. Sewall house, which is this year’s Designer Showcase home. I developed a concept that paid homage to the historical landscape and culture of its original construction in 1891.
I developed the palette and layout on paper, but how was I going to get it implemented….for free? In the last breaths of the Great Recession, how could I convince landscape contractors and nurseries to donate time and materials? Well, I made three phone calls and all three, without hesitation said yes!
Bluewater Landscape (772)546-7773 showed up with a truckload of hardy native plants.
Natural Balance Landscape 772-287-5149 arrived with skilled installers, more plants from our friends at Ed Miller and Son and mulch from Wholesale Mulch of Stuart.
And Aiello Landscape 772-546-9890 brought beautiful trees and large accent shrubs and more mulch!
The house is now beautifully transformed from the inside out. Now, here is your opportunity – the Preview Party, which you do not want to miss, is Friday November 2nd. The house tour, speaker series and trunk shows all start Saturday the 3rd and run through Saturday the 17th.
I prepared a short video that will give you insight into the cause, as well as all the details for the fun party and tour.
Please click on this link to watch: 2012 DESIGNER SHOWCASE VIDEO
Thanks, and I hope to see you there.