Like a bunch of rock stars on tour, several pieces from Terra Sculpture have been on the road this spring; making stops in beautiful cities, gathering a few groupies and getting V.I.P. treatment (no fancy tour bus–maybe next year).

Embrace and Taffy made appearances last weekend at the LA Garden Show at the Los Angeles Arboretum and Botanical Gardens.  No less than 12,000 Angelenos came to experience the impressive garden displays by the best landscape designers in So. Cal.  Our sculpture was part of a collaborative display by the LA Chapter of the APLD (Assoc. of Professional Landscape Designers).   This years theme was a Festival of Flavors (i.e. edible gardens) so our exhibit had to be at leat 50% edible  utilizing re-purposed materials wherever possible.

As a backdrop to the sculpture, we designed and built modern horizontal planting boxes using woolly thyme, recycled plywood and wire mesh creating planters with “living walls.”   Inside the boxes were sweet white corn, yellow kangaroo paw and bronze sedum.

Many young botanists insisted on wrapping themselves in Taffy

Many young botanists felt compelled to wrap themselves in Taffy

Beauty and creativity were oozing everywhere.  In the innovative APLD exhibit, Stephanie Bartron created a clever portable/packable salad garden using vintage Samsonite luggage as containers.  Laura Morton recycled classic Weber Kettle Grill with acrylic “briquettes” to create a Mediterranean grill garden with herbs and citrus.  People and peacocks alike took it all in.  Some favorite images from the show:


On to San Francisco….Tempest finally made an appearance on the rooftop garden of the Pacific Heights mansion that is this year’s San Francisco Decorator Showcase.   Thank you to Stephen Suzman and Paula Erickson for incorporating Tempest in your gorgeous and impeccable design.

Zahid Sardar of the San Francisco Chronicle Home and Garden Section wrote a comprehensive review of the abundant art displayed throughout the house.  We particularly like one insightful comment by designer Matthew Leverone  ”Art makes rooms unique and, often, unforgettable…..and combining artwork in a room is an art in itself.”  That goes for outdoor rooms, too.

Here’s a word-for-word review of the roofdeck from Kathy Barlow’s design blog

“My jaw dropped when I saw Suzman & Cole Design’s Roof Garden with its panoramic Golden Gate and bay views. “A Celebration of Views” is a city oasis, tiled with drought-tolerant succulents, grasses, wood and stone. Seating areas invite relaxation and striking sculptures, including “Tempest” by Jennifer Gilbert Asher and Mario Lopez  punctuate the memorable vistas.”

temptest-sf-dec-showcase-rooftop photos courtesy of and Paula Erickson