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

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 ReimerThe 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.

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