Cincinnati Home & Garden

Spring is here and so are the Home & Garden shows! Our friends at Green Streets Environmental Services were excited to be involved in this year’s Cincinnati Home & Garden Show.  As a founding partner in The Sustainability Partnership of Cincinnati (TSPC), they are a leader in green build and construction – from LEED and Passive Architecture through finished construction.

For his year’s conference, Green Streets and TSPC worked up a full sustainably-minded garden and eco house. The “Milky Way Garden and Star Powered Home” name given by partner Lohre & Associates of Cincinnati, was designed with input from all of the partners. “This has really helped spark imagination” said Tre Sheldon, one of the principles at Green Streets. 

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Filled with sustainable materials, and unique idea’s, the visitors could see solar panels, raised planters, green roofs, and living walls. The living wall used our VGM modular wall unit, and was designed and installed by Green Streets Environmental Services with special help from the West Hills Green Houses also of Cincinnati. “The versatility, durability, and design of Tournsol’s products are truly the very best on the market today” said Benjamin Haggerty of Green Streets. He went on to say “be it an interior or exterior application, we won’t work with any other supplier then Tournsol for Living Walls, there just isn’t anything better”. Thanks, Benjamin, we couldn’t have said it better ourselves!

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Since 1969, Cincinnati has welcomed Hart Productions Home & Garden show as a right of spring and a unique oasis that help’s shake off those winter blues. Tens of thousands come through annually to tour unique gardens and see the latest offerings and most innovative products from all over the world. Thanks to Green Streets for including Tournesol Siteworks this year!

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Farewell, Flower Framers!

Flower Framer windowboxes at Elephant & Castle restaurant

Flower Framer windowboxes at Elephant & Castle restaurant

It feels like an era is over at Tournesol Siteworks.  We signed the paperwork on a deal with Viapul Corporation of Oakwood Village, OH (near Cleveland), selling them the assets of the Flower Framer product line. We purchased the product line in 2004 from the original owner and founder. The addition of windowboxes back then helped us grow rapidly through the mid-2000′s. As we’ve grown, however, our product line has continued to evolve toward commercial landscape products, and away from residential/retail. The windowbox product just doesn’t fit well in our sales channel anymore. Continue reading

Tremco Incorporated new headquarters greenroof

all photographs copyright Tremco Incorporated

When Tremco Incorporated, a leader in sustainable construction and part of the RPM Building Solutions Group, renovated its corporate headquarters in Beachwood, OH, they featured a 9000 sf vegetative roof from the Tremco Roofing and Building Maintenance Division.  Vegetative roof expert Rana Creek, based not too far from us in Northern California, did the design for them. Rana Creek recommended the use of Tournesol Siteworks FRP planters and our VertiGreen 3D Trellis system to cover several large structures on the roof, as well as screen an equipment area. A full documentation of the project can be seen at www.tremcogreenhq.com.

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Cafeteria & NICU Gardens at Miami Valley Hospital, Dayton, OH

all images courtesy of Flower Framers of Cincinnati

Miami Valley Hospital, located in Dayton, OH, recently completed construction on a new 12-story wing designed to house their heart clinic. Designed by NBBJ of Columbus, Tournesol Siteworks provided standard and custom planters for the garden in the Neonatal Intensive Care unit, cafeteria and main entrance areas. The facility was recently awarded LEED Silver status, making it one of the greenest hospitals in Ohio. Continue reading

Finding your name in print…

I keep a look out for anything that is published on the web about Tournesol Siteworks using Google’s great Google Alert tool.  Much to my surprise an article popped up today in the Canton (OH) Repository newspaper, reprinted from The Cleveland Plain Dealer, where I was quoted.  It was an article all about using window boxes to freshen up a home, and talks about the Flower Framer product. I can’t remember the interview, or if I even saw the original article.  The other quoted person was a master gardener at the local Smith & Hawken store, which makes you realize how these kinds of things live on in the cyberworld a long time after initial publication!

TerraScreen provides a focal point in outdoor living space at the Cleveland 2010 I-X Center Home and Garden Show.

Photo courtesy of 9th Avenue Designs, LLC

We’ve all heard the saying “creating outdoor rooms.”  This is just what award winning Cleveland based landscape architecture firm 9th Avenue Designs set out to do when they created their display garden using TerraScreen. Continue reading