One of the designers at last week's Northwest Flower and Garden Show had an ambitious design that incorporated re-purposed cast-offs and drought-tolerant plants. She called a meeting of Father Industry and Mother Nature. The display garden received a gold medal and Sunset magazine's Western Living Award.
Pretty impressive considering the designer is a 17-year-old senior at Gig Harbor High School.
Courtney Goetz was one of the youngest designers in show history and she made a big debut with a towering garden shed and greenhouse made entirely from “recharacterized” items.
Using the writings of naturalist Henry David Thoreau as an inspiration she named her garden “Paradise (to be) Regained.” In it, she called a truce between the ever-increasing amount of humankind’s detritus and natural spaces. “What we’re doing in this garden is finding a balance in both,” Goetz said.
The garden shed was made from a used shipping container that was outfitted with a potting bench, desk and blackboard. On top of that was a greenhouse made from used windows, shutters and doors. The whole structure is about 15 feet high, a veritable skyscraper.
Surrounding that centerpiece was a variety of drought-tolerant plants such as lavender, sedum and euphorbia.
“If you replace some of your plants every year with drought-tolerant plants you can save a ridiculous amount of water,” Goetz says.
Another feature of the garden was a stone retaining wall that incorporated used industrial material and hardware such as old fashioned residential radiators.
Goetz, who is the daughter of Gig Harbor garden designer Sue Goetz, is making the garden her senior project. She says it reflects a passion she has for ecology – a topic she hopes to make her life’s work.
Craig Sailor: 253-597-8541 firstname.lastname@example.org