Within a few months I did receive a call from Stephanie. She was arranging for innovative building materials that would create a unique home remodeling experience for two of the contestants, Lindsey and Leslie Lamb, “The Twins”. The twins were one of four teams competing to create the highest appraised value of four identical homes in a new neighborhood in Charleston, SC. My collaboration with Lindsey and Leslie was one of the funniest things I’ve ever done. We covered all of the details by phone and email, then I packed everything up, shipped it to their set in Charleston and flew out to help with the installation. They were talented, excellent to work with and so much fun! The backyard vertical garden we installed and planted in just 4 hours was a big hit and it turned out beautifully. They referred to it as their “Yard to Table” feature. We have stayed in touch, and I definitely look forward to more collaborations with the twins!
Connecting with the Marrs:
The next great coincidence was that Dave and Jenny Marrs were one of the other teams competing against The Twins on “Rock the Block Season 3”. Although I never met them while I was on the set, they certainly got a chance to take a look at the awesome vertical garden we built for the Twins once the show was complete. As it turns out, the Twins gave Dave and Jenny my contact information and within a few months I received a call from Jenny to ask if I was interested in participating in an episode of their show shooting in Bentonville, AR. called “Fixer to Fabulous”.
HGTV – Rock the Block Teams
I knew that Dave and Jenny had a very successful show and I was more than happy to agree, work out the details and travel down there to build a very unusual vertical garden as part of their historic Bank Building rehab. Our Varden location turned out to be an apartment above the mercantile store down below. The upstairs apartment had a huge balcony terrace. Since it was isolated from the ground and the street, Jenny thought it would be fun to have a garden up there bringing a bit of nature into the space. Our favorite garden installations are where we can transform an unused area, taking up zero space, to create living beauty with one of our wall planter vertical gardens.
Patio Vertical Garden
Designing for Fixer to Fab:
It was challenging to figure out how we were going to put a living wall, planted with hardy perennials facing out towards the street and then on the inside of the deck railing put a vertical garden with herbs and greens appropriate for a lower light situation. After several collaboration phone calls and lots of design sketches passed back and forth, we settled on cladding both sides of the deck railing with our Varden 36 modular units. Maybe the best feature of our modular vertical gardens is that they can be tiled together, side to side or up and down, to create larger vertical gardens that end up looking like custom projects. We did the same thing for The Twins in Charleston by putting together 6 of our Varden 36 units on the back of the garage, tying the irrigation all together and planting them up with leafy greens and herbs.