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Michael Petrie’s HANDMADE GARDENS • P. O. Box 7, Swarthmore, Pennsylvania 19081 • 610.505.8262 •

NEWS from HANDMADE GARDENS   Summer 2014

 Recapping 2013: It was an exciting year. We started out by winning BEST IN SHOW-LANDSCAPE at the 2013 Philadelphia Flower Show. Spring through fall we were engaged in compelling projects for our clients. These included a millstone installation (scroll for photo, left), the designing of a natural swimming pool and landscape, and the transformation of a vintage greenhouse into a showplace for one family’s year-round entertaining.

The year concluded with our winning a silver medal at the  2013 Gardening World Cup in Japan at Huis Ten Bosch in Nagasaki, where Michael Petrie was one of eight world class designers invited to create a show garden on the theme of peace. Our exhibit included an origami-inspired flat-shape sculpture of a dove which the viewer was called upon to find among the various other garden elements.

Photographer extraordinaire Rob Cardillo (Private Edens, The Layered Garden), who was also at the show, photographed the event for a forthcoming issue of Country Gardens magazine. Follow us on FACEBOOK to be sure to see the link to this issue when it is published. In the meantime, check out Rob's photo-travelogue "Garden Rant" guest post, A Flower Show at the End of the World.

"Finding Peace" by Michael Petrie

[GWC2013 ハウステンボス]

The millstone installation

The Dance II by Henri Matisse

Above, left: Michael Petrie works on his GWC garden in Japan.

Above Right: Watch Video about “Finding Peace.” Below: “Finding Peace” at night.

Looking Back: It was full throttle into spring with the 2014 Philadelphia Flower Show, "ARTiculture" March 1 - 9, where we won SILVER for our exhibit called Leaves in the Landscape. This stylized garden featured design elements echoing the exuberance of the abstract forms found in the post-impressionist paintings in the Barnes' collection, including lines and shapes derived from the giant triptych mural The Dance II by Henri Matisse. We also designed exhibits for Einstein Health Care, Camden Children's Garden and the Men's Garden Club of Philadelphia. Photos and 2014 Flower Show page coming soon.

On February 7, 2014, Michael Petrie delivered a  talk at Longwood Gardens called Reading the Landscape: An Intuitive Approach to Landscape Design. The talk explored the many avenues of inspiration--memories, geography, history--Michael uses when he designs. The program was part of the daylong Today's Horticulture Symposium sponsored by Longwood Gardens, the Chanticleer Foundation, and the Mt. Cuba Center.

Summer at last! With the 2014 Philadelphia Flower Show behind us, as well as a preliminary visit to Singapore in the Spring (see below), we are now happily busy taking care of our clients’ gardens. If you want work, a design, or a consult from Michael Petrie, better call soon to get on his schedule 610-505.8262.

We have pine needle mulch! Call Michael for details and prices 610-505-8262.

Looking forward: This summer we are very excited to be participants in the 2014 SINGAPORE GARDEN FESTIVAL August 16-24, 2014. We deeply appreciate this invitation and are very excited. Watch for photos in the fall.

We wish everyone a happy, healthy and inspiring summer!