Private residence, Preston, Connecticut
Landscaping designed and installed by Sprigs & Twigs Landscapes, Gales Ferry, Connecticut
This drab concrete-draped front entrance was transformed into a lively butterfly garden with fieldstone pathways and a walkway. The part-time sunny environment was perfect for the colorful plants butterflies love. Black-eyed Susan, False Ageratum, Meadow Sage, ornamental oregano and Summersweet are among the plants chosen to attract both flying and walking guests. Price: $18,000
The Melting Pot, Farmingdale, New York
Landscaping designed and installed by Green Island Design, Deer Park, New York
To help a new Melting Pot restaurant build buzz for its opening, Green Island Design constructed “The Preserve” – an 8-foot by 5-foot fountain made of South Bay Quartzite. The fountain resembles the shape, sound and feel of an actual “melting pot,” complete with bubbling water that cascades down the tapered sides. Lights were positioned to highlight the intricate stonework. The fountain is visible from a half-mile away, providing a lot of customer draw for the restaurant. Price withheld at customer’s request.