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Parklet Project with an Ocean Theme

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Back in July, the Florida ASLA chapter event in Jacksonville, Florida, held a parklet competition for university students. The theme of the competition was the 100-year anniversary celebration of the National Parks Service. Tricia Keffer, Florida International University (FIU) student, reached out to Tournesol Siteworks. She is a student in the Master’s MLA program for Landscape Architecture and expects to graduate in spring 2018. Tricia asked if we would loan her and her team a few of our products to help build a parklet for their competition entry.

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Photo courtesy of Tricia Keffer

We were eager to help her team with the competition, since Tournesol Siteworks was exhibiting at the event and this was a good opportunity to present our products within our product loan program. For her team’s parklet, we provided our Thermally-Modified Boulevard Wood Structural Tiles with SpiraPave adjustable deck and paver supports. Our Boulevard Wood (shown in the photo below) goes through a process which changes the chemical make-up and cell structure of the wood. The process creates lumber with exceptional resistance to rot, pest, and decay. Technically, it shares a 25-year preserved-wood-like durability level similar to South American hardwoods, but is ecologically-friendly. The thermal-modification process also prevents moisture absorption and makes Boulevard wood resistant to warp, twist and other movement.

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Photo courtesy of Tricia Keffer

Our Harlie Collection planter made of lightweight FRP Fiberglass also provided ambiance for the setting along with our South Chairs, one in a tall seat and one shorter-sized stool. Tricia’s blog about the contest can be found here: http://plantspeoplelove.com/flasla-16-parklet-competition. Kindly, she answered a few question regarding her inspiration and the competition entry.

“My inspiration was the Florida Keys, and the natural beauty of the waterfront areas and the underwater world. So I decided the National Marine Sanctuary would be my park to showcase. One day I passed by a store called “Ocean Gardens” in Islamorada. The name of the store was my design strategy. My idea was for people to experience the plant world that is underwater.”

“I did the planning, the design, and the building part. My fellow students from the student FL ASLA chapter pitched in with the chalk ‘underwater’ drawing on the front, the plants, and tweaking. It took about 2 hours to put it all together on site. It was a fun experience. ”

Photo courtesy of Tricia Keller

“I decided to enter the parklet competition because it was a great opportunity to meet and work with vendors. It was my first Landscape Architect conference and I really enjoyed working with your company. Actually seeing how the products were set up and the look and feel of them is handy for my future designs than just looking online. I think the decking in particular really brought the whole design together. The clean look and feel of the wood set the stage for the seating.”

We’re thrilled to have been part of Tricia’s team build for the parklet competition and, although she wasn’t the winner, we know she had a blast designing the parklet and displaying her skills and talent in landscape architecture. We wish her all the best in her upcoming career.



TerraScreen living wall frames a landscape architect’s office in Sarasota, FL

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all images courtesy of Dane Spencer Landscape Architecture

At Tournesol Siteworks, our goal is to manufacture products that allow designers to express their creativity. Landscape architect Dane Spencer took advantage of that and came up with a completely out-of-the-box application for our TerraScreen product at his own office in Sarasota, FL. Read more >>

Hanging with Kraft Gardens at the 2011 TPIE in Ft. Lauderdale

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All pictures courtesy of Kraft Gardens

I got a call in December from Kevin Kraft of Kraft Gardens in Ft. Pierce, FL. He was working on the layout of their booth for this year’s TPIE, and he wanted to show their plants vertically. Living walls are one of the hot new topics for their interiorscape customers, and its a good way to showcase some of his plants. As one of the premier nurseries for commercial-quality plants in the country, we knew that they would do a good job with the display.  It doesn’t hurt that their booth is the first you see when you walk in the show, and that they positioned the TerraScreen front and center.


Visit us at the AIA Convention in Miami – June 10-12 – Booth #633

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If you are attending the AIA National  Convention, held this year in Miami Beach, be sure to come by our booth to visit. We’re in booth #633, and will have a complete TerraScreen, VertiGreen Hybrid, and VGM Modular Living wall setup.  We’ll have copies of our catalog, and be glad to answer questions, demonstrate products, or just discuss the trends in urban landscapes.  A shout out to Steve at Fosterplants for helping us with the plants for the TerraScreen!

Dream Hotel, Miami – Custom Planter Liners

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36″ x 36″ x 31″ Deepstream IPE planter with Tournesol thermoplastic liner

 We work closely with several other manufacturers of pots, planters and containers, and thought it might be interesting to show the results of our collaboration.  Deepstream Designs creates wonderful planters using extruded aluminum legs and IPE wood slats (as shown above), or resin and composite panels.  We provide them with our standard thermoplastic planter liners (either with or without container irrigation), or in this case, custom-manufactured welded planter liners.