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Downtown Boulder Lively with Downtown Planters

Downtown Boulder, CO, is a beautiful area surrounded by mountains and encompassed by trees. A few years ago, CBS Sunday Morning named Boulder “The happiest place in the United States.” The city has recently been undergoing some changes to modernize the curb appeal, and to freshen up the look and feel of the city for residents and tourists alike. At One Boulder Plaza, Tournesol Siteworks was specified by landscape architects from Studio Terra, out of Boulder, who collaborated with our distributor partner Streetscapes, from Denver.

One Boulder Plaza is a large plaza which spans the entrances to shops and dining, and includes a large space for entertainment and social gatherings. Studio Terra and Streetscapes chose our Downtown Collection planters to separate areas of the plaza, and to decorate various doorways and building walls.

Our Downtown Collection planters offer a wide opening and a tapered bottom, distinctive curve and soft corners with a classic appeal for the plaza; 60 planters were manufactured in lightweight GFRC concrete which is sturdy, but without the weight.

When picking the texture, Studio Terra considered the high traffic areas where the planters would be placed, and the wear and tear they would sustain. Our Tier 2, Acid Etch texture is a durable finish that can easily be refinished and repaired onsite. This detail was very important to the maintenance crew in order to keep the planters looking fresh.

The Downtown round planter sizes varied overall: 20 planters are 36″Dia. x 24″H, 24 are 42″Dia. x 36″H, 5 are 48″Dia. x 24″H, and 11 are 60″Dia. x 24″H. Studio Terra and Streetscapes chose three colors, Shadow, Shark and Sandbox, that are dispersed between the sizes and added a stunning presentation to the plaza.


ASLA 2014 – Highlights from the floor

This year’s Am. Soc. of Landscape Architects conference was held the weekend before Thanksgiving at the Denver Convention Center. Obviously, everyone wanted to attend!

IMG_1807The ASLA is the most important conference of the year for us as it allows us to meet new landscape architects, and check in with clients and friends from all over the country. We greatly value the opportunity to introduce our newest products, check out what other manufacturers are doing and connect with entire landscape community.This year was our first sponsoring the Landscape Architecture Foundation – a fantastic organization working to advance the cause of landscape architecture through research and scholarship. We were delighted to be able to attend the gala, and make a ton of new friends.


At our booth we featured a lot of our new Boulevard thermally-modified wood – in a new planter design that will be released soon, as well as our Boulevard wood tiles . The market is quickly recognizing the same opportunity – there were three other manufacturers offering alternative wood products that could replace ipe. Unlike the others, our Boulevard wood starts with high-quality ash and oak hardwoods, and uses heat to create a 25-year wood product. Nevertheless, we know we’re on the right track when others are jumping into the market!

We also showed the Pebble stool and  Marina garbage can (both designs by our partners at Street & Garden), and the Rune bench and Harlie Collection planters (designs by Luxxbox of Australia). The attendees loved them!

We are sorry if you weren’t able to attend or we missed you, But you can see what you missed here:

Together creating Smart Growth

New Partners for Smart Growth is currently hosting their 13th annual conference in Denver.


New Partners is all about building safe, healthy and prosperous communities. The origins of the conference trace back to 1995 as the EPA sought to organize a conference that would focus on sensitive growth and development.

We are proud to be working with our partner, James Shaffer, from Streetscapes in Denver. As he says it, he is a “public space fanatic.” James is enthusiastically involved in various types of municipal groups that focus on urban planning and walkable communities, and we are glad to be able to support him and his mission.

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At the conference, Streetscapes arranged for a space to showcase site furnishings and create a space where the public can interact with each other – a parklet of sorts. As part of the installation we have included our Northlakes Collection bench, Zest Planters, Wilshire Collection cube in mandarin, VGP Tray-Based living wall system and a custom bench by our partners at Street & Garden.  In addition, we have included our brand new Wilshire Screen product, Boulevard wood tiles, and a Pebble Stool.

smart growth 3We are also working in conjunction with conference benefactor, PlaceMatters. Place Matters is a Denver based non-profit think tank for civic engagement and inclusive decision making in the planning of vibrant cities and communities.

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Smart growth is being embraced now more than ever as a viable solution to the many challenges in our community. Tournesol Siteworks is enthusiastic to work with many of the New Partner conference attendees who “cross disciplinary lines to share experience, insights, inspirations, and strategies” to create the best that our urban environment can provide. It is our common goal to create safe, economically vibrant and livable communities for all.



The kind of emails we like to get – City Plantscaping and the Total Longterm Care TerraScreen

photos courtesy of City Plantscaping

We received an email today that speaks for itself:

Just wanted to thank you guys for your help. We purchased a TerraScreen through The Plant Ranch in Denver. We had to meet a deadline for a grand opening and because of your help we made it! At the grand-opening people were gathered around the wall, smelling the herbs, talking about how to use them and generally really getting into it.

The email, from Jean-Pierre Sijmons of City Plantscaping, was great.  They installed a double-sided TerraScreen with herbs on one side, and tropicals on the other.  Again, directly from his description:

City Plantscaping installed a movable edible wall at the new LEED designed, Total Longterm Care  state-of-the-art headquarters in Denver.
The wall is placed in their lunch room to provide the employees with herbs and vegetables and show TLC’s commitment to sustainability. The wall is double sided and has besides a herb vegetable side, it also a decorative tropical plant side. The wall can be easily moved and used as a divider in the lunchroom.

the "other" side!

Our thanks to Jean-Pierre and our friends at the Plant Ranch!!

Ritz-Carlton Destination Club, Vail, CO

all photos couresy Scott Doman, Water Logic Technologies

We were delighted to be chosen to provide the planters and irrigation systems for the on-structure planters at the brand-new Ritz-Carlton Destination Club in Vail, CO this past spring. The project was specified by SE Group from Burlington, VT (who ought to know a thing or two about designing ski locations), and installed by Rocky Mountain Custom Landscapes.  Recently our mountain-states representative Scott Doman visited the site, and sent back this description and the attached images.

More after the jump…

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Poinsettia living walls at the Denver Int’l Airport

TerraScreen TW-7049 covered with poinsettia plants - photos courtesy of Bristol Botanics

It’s not quite time for Christmas, but we just got great photos of two TerraScreen interior greenwalls that our friends at Bristol Botanics put in last Christmas at the Denver International Airport. Both these walls were on stands that we created especially for the application,which we have since made into standard product.  Rich at Bristol went through a lot to make these work – we used commercially available leg-sets, which weren’t up to the task of supporting the weight of the poinsettias.  He was creative, and used wire to anchor the top of the frame to the back of the leg.  In the meantime, we’ve made sure to beef up the legs!  It’s a great application, and one that we hope our interiorscape clients reproduce this year.

BTW, if you saw the email, twitter or facebook feed for this project, I spelled poinsettia wrong.  It has been duly noted and corrected in the post!
Does he realize he's being photographed?