The Flower & Patio Show ended this past Sunday, but if you didn't make it out to our booth you can take a digital tour today. Our theme this year was "Weathered", and it focused on rust-toned reds and age-inspired blues. The layout relies on clean organization, straight lines, and directed views in contrast to the kind of hectic spaces we see all too often at the show.
The Flower & Patio Show is right around the corner! We start construction next week, and the show opens March 11th. We've made a habit of pushing the traditional boundaries of landscape design and doing something new and unique each year. In preparation for the reveal of this year's design, we're going to review our designs from the past six years and end with a hint about this year. Click on any image to see it larger.
This week two schools, William McKinley #39 and Global Prep Academy #44 at Riverside, opened learning gardens for their students. By the end of the project, nearly 100 schools in the Indianapolis area will have these urban gardens, thanks to the non-profit The Kitchen Community and 317Grow. The Kitchen Community has built hundreds of gardens across the country, connecting students to real food, increasing academic achievement and driving community engagement.
There's no shortage of awesome events in Indianapolis this coming weekend, September 10-11. I think I heard five different festivals advertising on the radio earlier. So if you're trying to narrow down your options, the team here at 317Grow has a few recommendations. Saturday is the 50th annual Penrod Arts Fair, and we're excited to be a sponsor this year! Also known as "Indiana's Nicest Day", Penrod showcases artists, musicians, and performing artists from across the country (along with plenty of local food and drinks) in a day-long celebration of the arts in our community.
This year's Indiana Flower and Patio theme is Tall, Dark, and Awesome. Our garden seeks to meet this theme in a minimalist yet visually striking way. It often seems like designs at the Flower and Patio Show are a contest to see who can create the biggest, most outrageous design possible. But this year we're taking it back to the basics. We are known in Indianapolis for creating and maintaining landscapes that are simple and clean, yet original and stunning, and we want to showcase that in this year's design.
We frequently work with the Patachou family of restaurants and the Patachou Foundation, and we're excited to be talking about their annual Speaker's Forum again this year. Last year we sent several of our staff to hear from Veronika Scott of the Empowerment Plan in Detroit talk about her journey to create innovative coat-sleeping bags for the homeless of Detroit, and it was an evening of insightful conversation and inspiration. Next Thursday (Feb. 18th) they will be hosting Jordyn Lexton of Drive Change NYC to talk about their efforts to make a difference one meal at a time and what they've learned along the way, and it's sure to be just as inspirational.