Smalls Landscaping Wins 2007 Indiana Nursery & Landscape Award of Excellence

Tuesday, January 1st, 2008

Taking a closer Look at the 2007 INLA Award of Excellence

Small’s Landscaping, Residential Design/Build Category for Drasga Residence – A New Look

This design/build project took place on a 10-acre residence that sits at the end of a long driveway, but is still visible from a busy street. The client wanted a pond they could enjoy from inside their house. They also wanted space to entertain, which included a firepit and places to walk through their new gardens. There was a 3-acre pond to the right of the house and an existing pool to consider. The client also wanted to re-use some of their existing plants.

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  • A Carpinus hedge creates a wall that separates the more public front door area from the family’s pond and front walk gardens. A casual glance offers a few hints to what lies past the “wall.”
  • The Alaskan Cedar balances the height of the Hornbeams.
  • A forest Pansy Redbud, a Japanese Maple, and Chamaecyparis ‘gold threads’ add varying heights and interesting season leaf color against the blue of the house.
  • An immense Blue Nest Spruce weighs down the verticality of the Hornbeam hedge. A smaller one is used nearer to the front door to balance the color and texture.
  • Other perennials used in this area include: Cerastium tomentosum (Snow-in Summer), Knifophia ‘traffic light’, Echinacea ‘sundown’ and ‘double decker’, Nepeta ‘Walker’s low’, Heuchera ‘palace purple’, Cimicifuga ‘brunette’ and variegated Iris ensata.
  • Twin waterfalls rush into this 15’ X 25’ pond to create a peaceful scene when viewed from the house.
  • A mix of tropical and perennial pond plants, including Juncus spiralis and Alocasia adora, add character to this newly installed pond.
  • Edging the pond are specimen trees such as Blue Prostate spruce, Japanese Maple ‘bloodgood’, and a massive Weeping White Pine.

Expert stone placement by our pond crew makes this pond more interesting to look at, gives Koi a place to hide, and helps to conceal any potted water plants.

The 2007 Indiana Nursery & Landscape Awards were presented at the Indiana Green Expo in January 2008. These awards recognize excellence in our industry—physical projects as well as extraordinary contributions by individuals.

The awards are:

  • Nursery & Landscape Achievement Awards
  • INLA Award of Merit
  • Indiana Nursery & Landscape employee of the Year
  • INLA Awards of Excellence

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