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March 5, 2011

Maryland Home & Garden Show: And the winner is...

Maryland Home and Garden Show

Photo credit: Baltimore Sun/Susan Reimer

We have a winner!

Dennis Hockman of Chesapeake Home magazine was kind enough to ask me along while he judged the landscape designs at the Maryland Home & Garden Show, and I am delighted to say that I liked best when he liked best!

This design by newcomer Arbor Ridge Services of Kingsville, Md., won the magazine's top honors. All sorts of other awards will be given by different judges at the show, but from the buzz around this one, it could be the surprise big winner this year.


Photo credit: Baltimore Sun/Susan Reimer
The design, by owner Travis Dietle, is for a stone seating area softened with cushions, sheltered by a hand-hewn arbor and cozily surrounded by plant material.

It faces a small and delightful brook constructed on a small incline, and planted with a rich but modest selection of shrubs, perennials, bulbs and small trees. The design is the perfect size for a townhouse or a city garden.

My pictures do not do it justice, so make sure you visit this garden spot at the Maryland Home & Garden Show at the Timonium Fairgrounds.

Posted by Susan Reimer at 11:00 AM | | Comments (3)
Categories: Flower Shows


Why hasn't the photo of the winner of "Best in SHow" appeared ?

I'll see what I can do!-- Susan

We won Best practical design!

Saw that you were mentioned on GardenRant. Good Job.

I am blushing! -- Susan

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About Susan Reimer
Susan Reimer has spent 16 years writing about raising kids - among other topics - in her column for The Baltimore Sun. And every time son Joseph or daughter Jessie passed another milestone - driver's license, college, wedding or a move to a new military duty station - she has planted another garden. Now she will be writing about those gardens - and yours - here on Garden Variety.

Susan isn't an expert gardener, but she wasn't an expert mother, either. Both - the kids and the gardens - seem to be doing well in spite of her.

She lives in Annapolis with her husband, Gary Mihoces, who loves to cut his grass but has noticed that there seems to be less of it every time the kids pass another milestone.

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