When The Ohio Valley Group set out in 2010 to start work on their show garden for the Great Big Home & Garden Show in Cleveland, the company didn’t know the project would end up taking on a life of its own.
The theme for the year was iconic movies, and Ohio Valley Group decided on Edward Scissorhands, which had a very whimsical and memorable link to landscaping, as inspiration.
Kathleen Dangelo, vice president of Ohio Valley Group, said the company began planning and sourcing the garden in the summer of 2010, and worked on it until February 2011, when they were finally given just 10 eight-hour days to make it a reality.
The 1,400 square-foot garden featured several topiaries, including a deer, giraffe and dancing bear. A massive topiary hand with a water feature spouting from the thumb and over the gravel pathway became the main focal point.
“We would never do a giant hand with a water feature for a client probably ever,” Dangelo said.
However, she added, by taking the Edward Scissorhands garden to that level, she hoped they were able to inspire people to think of the possibilities for water features at their own homes a little differently, beyond the usual babbling brook.
“Water features can be totally different, and they can give you an opportunity to be creative with water.”
The Edward Scissorhands garden went on to win top honors at the Great Big Home & Garden Show. Since then, Dangelo said, the show garden continues to get attention. In 2013, the team won the Landcare Network National Landscape Grand Award and Landcare Network National Landscape Judges Choice Award.
Dangelo said the whole experience shows that landscaping and gardening are more than hard work.
“Gardening can be fun and creative,” Dangelo said. “ You can have fun with it and add whimsy. It doesn’t have to be super serious all the time.”
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When the Ohio Valley Group set out in 2010 to start work on their show garden for the Great Big Home & Garden Show in Cleveland, the company didn’t know the project would end up taking on a life of its own.