Grand Garden Display

 Spring Reflections Grand Garden Display


Central Display artistic drawing 2015 The Theme

Soon the rush of spring will be upon us! For anyone who enjoys gardening and being in the outdoors it’s a time of excitement and anticipation after enduring a long winter. It can also quickly become overwhelming – all that work and so little time! Have the seeds been ordered? What didn’t make it through the winter? Time for Spring cleanup, soon the weeds will be taking over, who will water the plants while we are away on summer vacation? Make sure the raked leaves go in the compost pile, and get those fall bulbs in the ground before it freezes… Whoa hold on now, before we get ahead of ourselves let’s take a few moments to reflect.

The 2015 Vermont Flower Show theme “Spring Reflections” will take us to that place of reflection and prepare us for the exciting season ahead. Over an 18-month period before the show, a core group of Green Works members establishes the theme for the central display and develops the design and plan for installation. This brings us multiple concepts that are carefully woven into this fantastic, inspiring experience that is the Vermont Flower Show’s Grand Garden Display.

In nature, reflections are provided by water. Water is the common thread in this garden design; it springs from the ground, burbles over rocky streams, and appears in our managed use and contemporary landscapes. The Grand Garden Display points out the importance of water in our lives as well as the beauty and joy it provides.

In 2014, Green Works marked its 50th anniversary. As we reflect back on 50 years of horticulture in Vermont, we see a thriving industry. Our members lead the trend in sustainable design, installing urban rain gardens, creating wildlife habitat, working with native plants, and planting for pollinators. We are excited about the future and look forward to sharing our experience and expertise with you!

Throughout the Garden

Gardens are wonderful places to relax and take time to reflect. Art is one form of reflection, and what better place for an artist than in a garden? Local artists have been invited to capture the beauty within the Grand Garden Display this year, look for them!

Front Entry: Spring Reflections

This pond is made from a 12-foot diameter satellite dish! Would you ever know? Let the still water remind you of that calm lake or pond. How relaxing is that? Now you can slow down and enter the Garden.

The Mountain Stream

Water at its source in the watershed: Many springs develop in the forested mountains, some above the tree line. They bubble up and become streams or simply disappear underground, providing essential moisture to, alpines, mosses and woodland plants.

The Bog

From the mountain spring we arrive at a quiet place, a wetland.  Look and listen for the birds and the critters that like this kind of place.  A simple dock in the water without clearing the growth helps us enjoy this wetland with low impact and an appreciation for its ecology. Shush…


Persian gardens were the birthplace of gardening both for food and ornament. They were masters with water, channeling this essential element through canals into walled outdoor rooms in which were grown fruit trees and herbs among other things. Enjoy the beauty of this oasis and be inspired!

The Jumping River

This river is certainly jumping! Anglers are attracted to our cool, clean trout streams for season-long recreation – yet another reason to protect this precious resource. And water is for play! We are fascinated by its movement and enjoy the tease and wonder of water. Some schoolyards even have playful and joyous fountains for children to run through. Imagine you are a trout, leaping through the silvery water!

The Mill Pond

The Mill is a fine example of water’s importance in our history and its importance as a resource that must be carefully managed and protected. Students from the Center for Technology, Essex recreated this iconic water wheel after visiting the original located at Shelburne Museum. Our pond is made out of flowers with a gorgeous double arched stone bridge spanning it. A scene out of a watercolor that shows how water is both beautiful and useful!

The New Front Yard

The New Front Yard represents a new, sustainable option to the Traditional American Front Yard. It offers a no-mow alternative to our beloved lawns requiring less water, time and demand to maintain, while providing more support, benefit and longevity to a healthy, sustainable environment. Birds, butterflies, bees and you will be rewarded with the results.

A rain garden captures excess runoff, utilizing, filtering, then releasing cleaner water more slowly into our soils, streams, lakes & oceans. Rain gardens also provide habitat for butterflies and pollinators, giving them food and refuge.

A shade tree offers a safe haven for birds and other wildlife thus making a stronger more stable home ecosystem. Planter boxes provide food, a compost bin feeds our soils, and all combined they feed our bodies and souls. Experience & enjoy!

Reflecting today’s lifestyles as well, there’s a small studio attached to this house for at home business or artist studio. Don’t you wish you had a get-away that closes to home?

Reflection Overlook

At the end of this tour, take a moment to reflect back on your journey through the garden. Climb the stairs to our viewing platform and enjoy the entire display. Look down and see your reflection in the giant birdbaths below: thinking about spring?

On Exiting

Be sure to stop and peruse the informational boards on your way out. If you don’t, you won’t see what you missed! Here we talk about how the display came together and all the wonderful people who volunteered their time. Do you know how many bulbs are used in the Garden? How many trees? How quickly it had to be built? This is where you find out the nitty-gritty and you can impress your guests when you bring them in for your second walk through!

Collaboration is Key

Want to know what makes this so much fun? The people! The Flower Show Committee and Central Display Committee are a group of hard-working people who began the planning process 18 months ago. They have given tirelessly of their time and labor to ensure the show comes together in a few short days! Wow!

UVM Master Gardeners

Every show we ask master gardeners who participate in the UVM Master Gardener Program across the state if they are interested in volunteering their time to help with the Vermont Flower Show. The tasks are many and so are the master gardeners who come forward each show! Over the course of the week almost 100 master gardener volunteers help Green Works with this endeavor! We gratefully accept their help and could not do it without them.

Green Works Members and Vermont Certified Horticulturists

Holding a flower show was the brainstorm of members back in 1963. Over the years the show has evolved, expanded, and grown into what it is today. That brainstorming by our members still goes on today. Many of our members donate their professional time and expertise to design and build the show. Others donate plants and materials. Vermont Flower Show would never be able to happen without our members continued efforts and dedication to bringing this show to life every other year.

Green Works members and Vermont Certified Horticulturists are on hand at the Green Works information booth to answer questions. Please check out the Design Board to learn about this year’s sponsors of the show and the featured contributors.

Grand Garden Display Committee

Melita Bass, Melita J. Bass, VCH, Committee Chair
Ed Burke, Rocky Dale Gardens, Design Coordinator
Katie Raycroft-Meyer, RMLA Raycroft/ Meyer Landscape Architecture, Design Coordinator

Designers and Builders:

Ashley Robinson, Landscape Designer
Claybrook Griffith, Long Leaf Landscaping
David Loysen, Shaw Hill Nursery
Gabe Bushey, Church Hill Landscapes, Inc.
Hannah Decker, Fairfax Perennial Farm, Inc.
Jamie Masefield, Masefield Dry Stone Masonry
John Padua, Cobble Creek Nursery
Kelly Wakefield, Green Feet Gardening
Liam Murphy, Murphy Landscape Design & Siteworks
Marie Limoge, diStefano Landscaping
Michelle Blow, Greenhaven Gardens & Nursery
Nate Carr, Church Hill Landscapes
Rick Villamil, Aquarius Landscape Sprinklers, Inc
Sam Chicaderis, SJC Garden Services
Sarah Holland, River’s Bend Garden Design
Shannon & Katherine Lee, Sisters of Nature
Sarah Salatino, Full Circle Gardens
VJ Comai, South Forty Nursery

Vermont Flower Show Committee

Kristina MacKulin, Green Works, Flower Show Committee Chair
Katie Remuzzi & Meg Boera, Delaney Meeting & Event Management
Carl Kokes, VT Garden Railway Society
David Loysen, Shaw Hill Nursery, Cooking Demo Coordinator
Dr. Leonard Perry, UVM Extension,Seminar & Essay Contest Coordinator
John Joy,VT Garden Railway Society
Marijke Niles, Perennial Gardens Plus, Plant Sale Coordinator
Mary S. Cliver, Mary Sullivan Cliver Landscape Design, LLC, Auction Coordinator
Maryanne Wood, Federated Garden Clubs of VT
Melita Bass, Melita J. Bass, VCH
Shari Johnson, UVM Master Gardener, Volunteer Coordinator
Terry Skorstad, Family Room Coordinator

Bringing Plants to Bloom

Brett Wilbur, Claussen’s Florist, Greenhouse, and Perennial Farm
Center for Technology Students, Essex
Chris Conant, Claussen’s Florist, Greenhouse, and Perennial Farm
Claussen’s Florist, Greenhouse and Perennial Farm Staff
David Loysen, Shaw Hill Nursery
Hannah Decker, Fairfax Perennial Farm, Inc.
John Padua, Cobble Creek Nursery
Mark Starrett & UVM Horticulture Club
Mark Storch, Claussen’s Florist,Greenhouse, and Perennial Farm
Nate Carr, Church Hill Landscapes
Vermont Technical College Students