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Florence Collection Gets First Place!

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It’s always inspiring when our products get noticed, especially when we’re on the winning team! Last month, I-Plants Urban Horticulture Magazine sponsored the 2017 International Design Contest. Johnson Fediw Associates is the publisher of I-Plants Urban Horticulture Magazine.

The 2017 Entries were judged by a panel of experts in landscaping, horticulture and design.  Per I-Plants Magazine, the “entries were judged on the uniqueness and innovation of their design; innovative use of materials; appropriateness for the space; and satisfaction of the client.”

‘This project is unique for its design. This team really thought outside the box to bring their client and their visitors something truly special,’ says Kathy Fediw, LEED AP ID+C, CLP, CLT, publisher of I-Plants Magazine. ‘This innovative project is an inspiration to others in the design industry and really showcases what can be done.’

Florence Collection Planters outside The Standard Club

Juli, from Juli Ordower Landscape Architecture, and Joanne Greene, from On the Ledge Landscaping in Chicago, IL, won the First Place Award in the Free Standing Containers category. The winning project is located at The Standard Club  hotel in Chicago. The article in I-Plants Magazine states,

The Standard Club is a private club in the historic South Loop neighborhood of Chicago. It was established in 1869 and its mission is to create a membership of leaders who share a common bond of charitable, social and civic responsibility. On the Ledge approached management about adding additional seasonal containers at the main entrance to enhance the outdoor landscape of the club in keeping with the luxuriant detailing on the inside. The two existing containers did not provide enough of an impact to showcase this iconic building with its stately limestone façade.

Florence Collection Planters at the entrance of The Standard Club

On the Ledge chose 5 of Tournesol SiteworksFlorence Collection planters to adorn the entrance to the hotel and along the length of the building. The rectangular Florence planters sized 72”L x 24”W x 24”H, were manufactured in Lightweight GFRC Concrete.

…5 containers were specified to activate the entry and make it more attractive to members and potential newcomers. The repeating bays of the façade lent themselves to a symmetrical design where the long rectangular planters sit in the middle of each bay. The tall arborvitae shrubs help to give some scale to the massive bays and the annual flowers bring in a pop of color and cascade over the side. It is a very classic design to match the historic nature of the building.

Florence Collection Planters outside The Standard Club

Given the classical design of the building, the planters needed to fit in without clashing. We were able to match the color and texture of the façade with the natural sand finish and chaparral brown color. The other unique piece to this design is that the building spans almost the whole block so we had a very generous amount of space to work with. We were able to specify 6’ long planters that could support 3 arborvitae shrubs in each planter for a balanced, symmetrical design.

This design has been well received by guests of The Standard Club and has made a difference in the neighborhood, as other businesses have begun to follow suit.  Big congratulations to Joanne Green and Juli Ordower for this wonderful project and for the honored First Place Award, well-deserved!

Planters’ Prominent Placement at Lakeview

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We’re revisiting a previous installation in Irvine, California and taking a fresh, current look. On the grounds of the Lakeview Business Center, the planter installation still looks great after two years. Lakeview is an office property of the Irvine Company -a large, privately held real-estate investment company with operations primarily in coastal California.

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Lakeview Business Center wanted to create an outdoor space where employees would be able to gather, have lunch and relax for breaks. Burton Landscape Architecture Studio from Solana Beach, CA, designed a pleasing outdoor setting while collaborating with Cuesta Construction from Costa Mesa, CA. Cuesta contacted Tournesol Siteworks requesting our Urban Collection planters.

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The sleek, simple and elegantly proportioned lightweight FRP Fiberglass Urban Collection planters add a modern touch to the landscape of the project. For the texture, they chose the smooth, conventional finish of T-0  to enhance the attractive style of the Urban Collection planters.

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They chose the MMP Iron color, which mimics the look of the more expensive metal-infused Iron finish. The MMP Iron paint, unlike the real metal, won’t rust over time! Lakeview Business Center and its employees continue to enjoy the Urban Collection planters and, as you can see from the images, they continue to provide predictability and elegance to the Irvine location.

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Interesting article about sustainability in pots & planters

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Kathy Fediw, who publishes an electronic magazine for interior landscapers, recently did an interesting article addressing the sustainability of pots and planters.  She interviewed several pot manufacturers (including us), getting details about who is making efforts towards “green” products. You can see the pdf version here, and a magazine format version here.

I’d recommend the read – she’s put together a chart of different products for those interested in comparing & contrasting.  While we’re all working towards being more environmentally-friendly, some are working harder than others!  Her article is quite balanced, but I still sense some greenwashing going on by certain members of our industry trying to spin standard practices that we all have to make themselves something that they aren’t.