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Finding Peace
Garden Description

“Finding Peace” is designed to give the viewer a sense he or she is actually in this piece of garden, as opposed to standing outside of it looking in. To achieve this, designer Michael Petrie uses big paths, clean lines, and forms distilled into basic shapes. Plants are chosen to enhance this pared-down design. All elements work together to make the garden appear as expansive as possible in the small space provided.

The garden includes a meadow inspired by the wide-open prairie of America. The bamboo towers are a response to the native plants of Japan and serve as tribute to the country and the craftsmanship of its people. All the elements of the “Finding Peace” garden are intended to work together, just like the nations of the world should.

Color in this garden is surprisingly supplied by boldly painted plant-shaped wood sculptures based on the late paper cut-outs of Henri Matisse. Amidst these sculptures is an origami-inspired shape that the viewer is encouraged to seek. Those who find it will have found peace.

JamesBasson

America

Michael Petrie

Exhibition Division
  • Show Garden
Award History
  • Philadelphia Flower Show Best in Show (1997, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2007, 2013)
  • Mayor’s Trophy and Showcase Garden Award (2012)
  • Chicago Horticultural Society Award for Distinctive Horticulture Award and PNC People’s Choice Award (2011)
  • The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS) Award of Distinction Award (2009, 2010), among others.
Profile

Michael Petrie is known in horticultural circles for his wildly beautiful and unconventional exhibits for the Philadelphia Flower Show, many of which have won "Best in Show". In addition, Petrie has designed and built exhibits for major companies and institutions for over 30 years, including the Winterthur Museum and The Brandywine River Museum. He has delivered lectures on horticulture and design at Haverford College, Ladew Topiary Gardens, and The Scott Arboretum at Swarthmore College.

As a garden designer, Michael’s work differs from what is commonly seen in the industry, notably excelling in visual, compositional and emotional appeal as well as balance and originality. This is primarily because, in addition to being a garden designer and horticulturist, Petrie is a trained artist, having studied painting, photography, printmaking and other arts at both the Philadelphia College of Art and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts.

His garden artistry has received attention in national media including The New York Times and The Washington Post. He has been interviewed about horticultural topics on both national and local television and radio. His work has been profiled in magazines and in the book The Philadelphia Flower Show: Celebrating 175 Years by Adam Levine & Ray Rogers. His home garden was featured on the Good Morning America national television show.

Michael Petrie is the owner/operator of his own landscape consultation, design and installation company, Michael Petrie’s HANDMADE GARDENS (www.handmadegardens.net), which operates in the greater Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, area.

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Implementing Partner

Iwanaga Landscape Construction Ltd.

Organizer
  • Gardening World Cup Organizing Committee
Main Sponsors
Information

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