Thursday, March 13, 2008

San Francisco Garden Show

Show Time !

Here are a few photographs taken at the show.
Pretty tough light to photograph under , but will work on correct color adjustment later.

The view from the outer main corridor walkway

The entry wall

A corner shot view catching both water features.

And a portrait shot taken by the photographer at the Marin I.J. newspaper.

As far as awards go, we took Best of Show and was given the Golden Gate Cup.
We also were given a gold medal for over all merit and the APLD award metal.

judges select award winning gardens at the
23rd annual san francisco flower & garden show

(San Francisco, Calif. March 11, 2008) – Awards were presented for display gardens at the San Francisco Flower & Garden Show tonight at the Cow Palace. The daunting task of judging the show gardens was given to a panel of three judges handpicked for their extensive horticultural and design knowledge. This year’s judging panel consisted of David Stevens, Lucy Hardiman and C. Colston Burrell. In addition to selecting the garden that is “best of show” – the Golden Gate Cup – the three judges also determined how well the gardens achieved their declared design objectives and the quality of execution. They presented gold, silver, bronze or crystal awards to the following display gardens.

“Golden Gate Cup” (Best of Show):

A Zen Spa Garden (Also won “Gold Award,” “Association of Professional Landscapers Award”)
Designed and constructed by: Michelle Derviss and Miguel Chavez
Derviss + Chavez Design + Build
1408 Park Avenue, Novato, CA 94945
p: 415-892-3121

Four Additional Gold Awards:

“Jungle Skinny Dip”
Designed and constructed by:
Chris Schriner Nathan Beeck Gary Gragg
Brookside Garden Clear Water Designs Golden Gate Palms
2222 Calle De Luna 24908 Grass Valley Hwy. 420 South Third St.
Santa Clara, CA 95054 Auburn, CA 95602 Point Richmond/Lafayette
p: 408-844-9544 p: 530-269-1000 p: 925-325-7256

“Living on the Edge”
(Also won “Pacific Horticulture Magazine Award,” “California Landscape Contractors Award,” “American Horticultural Society Environmental Award,” and “California Assocation of Nurseries and Garden Center’s Award”)
Sponsored by: Designed by: Constructed by:
Diane Turner Davis Dalbok Mike Boss
Garden Design magazine Living Green Plantscape Design Rock & Rose+Birkmyer
460 North Orlando Ave, Ste 200 150-15th Street 1615 Cortland Ave
Winter Park FL 32789 San Francisco, CA 94103 San Francisco, CA
p: 407-571-4883 p: 415 864-2251 x 12 p: 415-824-3458 x11


Gina said...

michelle - I love love loved your garden!!! I was a guest blogger for the show and mentioned how your garden snuck up on me in my review. I didnt know that you had won the award when I saw your design but I'm not surprised at all. It was amazing. Congrats - Nice work!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations. I've been following the building of the exhibit here and find it extremely gratifying to see that it came out so well and was so well appreciated.

From watching it come together and seeing your pitfalls as it progressed, I feel like I had a part in it too. You really get invested in people's projects when you read about them on these blogs!

Susan aka Miss. R said...

BRAVO!! (Sound of hands clapping and tired east coast designer jumping up and down.)

Even with the lack of color correction it's absolutely beautiful. Warm, welcoming, visually exciting without being over designed. Restraint is the most difficult thing to do. BRAVO BRAVO BRAVO.

Ray Bridges said...

Congratulations. I look forward to seeing it in person on Sunday. It will be a pleasure to meet you if you're there.

Lori said...

Congratulations! I've been following your preparation for the show via the blog, and it turned out even better than I expected. I only wish I could have seen it in person! :D

Anonymous said...

What a great exhibit and the attention to detail, for which you are known, is superb! Love it and only wish we had more pictures! Great shot of you also! You must be on cloud nine! Congratulations!

Christopher C. NC said...

Woo Hoo! Best in Show, can't beat that. Truly beautiful and I must echo Susan. It is more clean lined and restrained seeing it put together than I would have imagined in my mind. It is completely full without being overwhelming.

chuck b. said...


I am determined to rise from my sickbed this weekend and get my ass down there no matter what.

Xuemei said...

I was there on Wednesday. A true master piece. A lot of people missed the shower part, maybe because the tub is so mesmerizing! Loved that carved wood buddha's hand too.

Ewa said...

This is great to see the details - it helps to think about 'how to make things' not only 'how beautiful it looks'.
Thank you for sharing this :)
Greetings from over Poland.

debinca said...

Nice, very nice, The tub is mesmerizing. Congrats on all the awards to you both.

And....... thanks for letting us watch the progress on the blog. Its kind of a secret buy in for us wanna bees........ LOL

Thanks for including the portrait very cool photo.


Anonymous said...

Congratulations Michelle! Sorry I couldn't make it- I wanted to meet you in person this year. Your garden looks amazing!

Garrett Sawyer said...

Everything looks so nice, great job on everything and winning an award, you deserve it! You worked really hard and worked people really hard on the I love every inch of it. I think it was karma and good design that won you the award after running into a crummy time last year.

I like the shot of the two water features shown in the same frame, thats the best.

Anonymous said...

I am so happy for you - the photos are sooooo beautiful and all the hard work looks effortless! Stunning! I am in awe of you!

I hope you are resting on your laurels and enjoying this! You deserve it!

Deviant Deziner, aka Michelle said...

Finally, ... I have arisen from the dead,... though parts of me are still numb.

Wow, what an experience that was.
50 thousand people in 5 days.

I would like to thank all of you that took the time to write a comment.
I always appreciate hearing what folks have to think and say.

I hope to write a follow up as soon as I catch up on the rest of the stuff in my life that went on hold during the last past two weeks.

talk to you soon,
and thanks for the props !
the validation feels great.