PHILADELPHIA, PA. — One of the 2016 PHS Philadelphia Garden Show’s top awards, The Philadelphia Trophy, awarded for best use of color, went to the Pennsylvania firm of J. Downend Landscaping, Inc. for its creation of a Mount Desert Island garden, in full bloom in late spring, accenting the wild natural beauty of Acadia National Park.
J. Downend Landscaping, Inc. also was awarded a PHS Silver Medal for its entry.
Bearing a striking resemblance to the vibrant spring bulb display at the Stewart estate on Somes Sound. Downend Landscaping’s display featured a raked-clay path winding between lavish banks of rose and yellow tulips and wild lupine. Towering spruce trees and native shrubs form the backdrop. A brown and yellow directional sign — like those in Acadia — points the way to the Asticou Azalea Garden, Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Garden, the Charlotte Rhoades, Garland Farm, Wild Gardens of Acadia and the Turrets Seaside Garden.
“When immersed in the often jaw-dropping beauty of Acadia National Park,” reads the text accompanying the display. “It may seem superfluous to seek out manmade gardens. But those on Mount Desert island gild this already stunning landscape.”