Warwick’s Landscaping

Warwick’s Landscaping

Charlotte’s Web, by E.B. White

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Welcome to Warwick’s Landscaping’s magical outdoor space, reflecting the story of Charlotte’s Web. The entrance invites visitors onto a paver walkway that starts their journey. Throughout the garden you see flowering trees and shrubs for your delight. Brightly colored rhododendrons, snow fountain cherry trees and colorful bulbs tease your senses. As you pass near the barnyard, all the animals can greet you. Upon entering the barn, you will come upon Charlotte’s Web in the corner of one of the rafter’s just like the story. In another corner, you will find Wilbur sitting and enjoying Charlotte’s clever friendship. Upon exiting the barn, you will hear water falling over the rocks in the fountain. Enjoy the brightly colored garden art, a twinkling fancy flame fire pit and large decorative planters on the pillars on the garden walls, which are filled with spring flowers.

Wood Landscape Service

Wood Landscape Service

Pete the Cat, I Love My White Shoes, by Eric Litwin

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Wood Landscape Services invites you to join Pete the Cat as he ventures through our garden display. When Pete starts his walk he’s “got his white shoes on,” and he appears in our garden in a bed of white flowers and varied shades of green foliage. As his journey progresses, Pete strolls through the colorful waves of spring blooms while his shoe color changes to match his adventure. Garden walls double as seating, and our evergreen trees and cedar screen panels give a feeling of privacy. Our natural bluestone patio is a great surface for entertaining. Take a minute to snuggle up under our cozy cedar pergola and do a little reading or just sit and enjoy the scent of spring. Be sure to listen for the sound of the soft rain hitting Pete’s umbrella in our custom water feature. White, red, blue, brown or wet … Pete loves our garden and his shoes. Come take a walk with Pete because in this garden... it’s all good.

Shearer Patio & Landscape Services

Shearer Patio & Landscape Services

Hansel & Gretel, by the Brothers Grimm

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Shearer Patio & Landscape Service’s storybook garden depicts the tale of Hansel and Gretel. Entrance pavers of cobblestones are aligned under a birch bough trellis that crosses over a wooden bridge with a meandering stream. A woodcutter's woodpile and axe in the forest to represent the father's work. The main element of our garden is the witch's house, which will have a pitched roof and decorated candy exterior. Inside will be a mural of Gretel pushing the witch into the oven and Hansel in a cage. Also inside, visitors will find a pair of witch's glasses smeared with butter (so she couldn't see) and a chicken bone (Hansel's finger). The center of the garden features a wishing-well pond with proceeds benefitting Ronald McDonald House. Planting beds will be filled with rhododendrons, hydrangea, hostas and ferns — all inside a wall of evergreens.The planting areas are lined with vertical logs to create a woodland feel, along with forest animals in the garden. There will also be a huge chocolate egg in the garden filled with gold coins.

Seely’s Garden

Seely’s Garden

The Wind in the Willows, by Kenneth Grahame

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This year Seely’s will create a garden that places you in the many adventures of Mole, Ratty, Badger and the rich and extravagant Mr. Toad — all characters in The Wind in the Willows. The garden begins in the pastures of an English countryside. Weathered sandstone rocks line the worn cobblestone pathway. Along the way are old English gardens with split-rail fencing nestled amongst rhododendron, azaleas, forsythias, perennials and spring bulbs. The first thing visitors will notice is a long and winding babbling brook. A wooden bridge takes you across a creek to the pond where Ratty and Mole have pulled their rowboat up on the shore, where the winds blow through large and graceful weeping willow trees. The pathway leads to the formal garden of Mr. Toad’s mansion. Here a beautiful bluestone patio is encompassed in stone seating walls, formal boxwood hedges, tall arborvitae screens, fragrant white crabapple trees, azaleas and flowering bulbs. It creates a perfect spot to gaze upon the pond, relax and enjoy afternoon teatime with friends.

Riepenhoff Landscaping

Riepenhoff Landscaping

The Very Hungry Caterpillar, by Eric Carle

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The caterpillar in Eric Carle’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar ate just about everything he came across. — apples, plums, even pizza. In real life, caterpillars are very picky eaters and only eat a couple of types of plants. Because of that, butterflies only lay their eggs on these plants. Riepenhoff has incorporated several host plants into its storybook garden. Apples, cherries, flowering dogwoods and azaleas all serve as host plants for specific butterfly species. American elms also provide cooling shade for humans while serving as host plants. Riepenhoff’s garden features a painted lady butterfly habitat, in which visitors will find these beautiful creatures in various stages of their lifecycle — adults, caterpillars and eggs. While the adult butterflies are feeding on nectar from various flowers, the caterpillars will be busy feeding on their favorite food — Canadian thistle. Although these butterflies are contained to their habitat, this garden is a wonderful example of how you can create an attractive, low-maintenance butterfly garden in your own yard. Providing nectar plants is important, but start by feeding The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

Oakland Nurseries

Oakland Nurseries

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain

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Welcome to Oakland Nurseries’ storybook garden and take a stroll down the Mississippi River with Huckleberry Finn and his friend Jim, who are in search of adventure on a makeshift raft. As you enter the garden, notice that Huck and Jim have found a spot under the canopies of graceful weeping willows to camp for the night. The limestone of the river’s edge is woven throughout hemlocks, river birch, redbuds and flowering crabs, making for a secure, cozy camp. Rhododendrons, azaleas and lovely perennials are amassed around a lazy waterfall. A stately weeping Norway spruce and a burgundy cutleaf weeping Japanese maple direct you further down the path. The raft is tied up on the shore with a canvas tent for cover from the rain along the river. Norway spruce and white pine conceal the raft and direct you down the river to the campsite, where a small pool makes for great fishing as Huck and Jim could use a nice fish dinner. More pines, spruce and river birch lead you away from the camp to continue your adventure.

Landscape Design Solutions

Landscape Design Solutions

The Secret Garden, by Frances Hodgson Burnett

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The story centers on a secret, walled garden that had been locked and hidden away from the world because of an accident. Through the love of gardening, however, this garden helps Mary heal after she lost her parents in an accident. The garden has previously been locked and kept from the world because Mary’s uncle lost his wife to a tragic incident that happened there. The Secret Garden is about rediscovery, rejuvenation and rebirth through the love of gardening that helps heal a family. Each spring the Home and Garden Show is a spark that winter is almost over and spring will soon be returning. When visitors enter Landscape Design Solutions’ Secret Garden through a large walled gate, their senses will be rejuvenated that spring is returning soon. The Secret Garden will have close to 1,000 flowers comprised of hyacinths, tulips, rhododendrons, magnolia and roses.

Hedge Landscape

Hedge Landscape

The Lorax, by Dr. Seuss

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The Lorax is a powerful book that provokes a call to action to conserve the earth’s precious and finite natural resources. And the world is at risk of losing the Brown Bar-ba-loots, Swornee Swams, Humming-Fish and Truffula Trees. This garden will display an oversized opened book, measuring 16 feet by 8 feet, and will welcome visitors into this storybook garden. Two lawn panels symbolize the pages of the book curving into the spine like two giant waves. A bookmark will stand upright between the pages inscribed with the quote “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” A path alongside the book will lead visitors into the garden. A street sign will read “The Street of the Lifted Lorax.” Truffula Trees will guide your way to the place where the Lorax once stood before someone lifted the him away. A large stump will be surrounded by a small pile of rocks, with one word, “unless,” engraved in one of the rocks.

Five Seasons Landscape Management

Five Seasons Landscape Management

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, by Bill Martin Jr. & John Archambault

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Five Seasons Landscape Management invites you to its storybook garden with inspiration gleaned from the popular children’s book, Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, which teaches little ones their numbers and letters. As in the book, the most prominent feature of the garden will be a large coconut tree, atop which all of the letters of the alphabet will be perched. Numbers will be displayed throughout the garden along walkways and on walls. Other features of the garden will be pergola, or palapa hut, which is an open-sided structure with a thatched roof (picture a tiki hut on a tropical beach.) Varied annual and perennial flowers as well as spring bulbs will adorn areas throughout the space and feature favorite plants including hydrangea, hibiscus, birch, fir, magnolia and a crabapple tree with numbers hanging from it.