Tawa pair bloom­ing good in US

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By DAVE CRAMP­TON

Tawa land­scape designer Bay­ley Lu­uTomes has swept up more top in­ter­na­tional awards, this time at the 2015 Philadel­phia Flower Show.

The Philadel­phia event is the world’s old­est and largest in­door flower show and at­tracts more than 260,000 peo­ple an­nu­ally.

Lu­uTomes teamed with world renowned gar­den designer – and new busi­ness part­ner – Leon Kluge, af­ter meet­ing him in 2013 in Ja­pan.

Kluge has re­cently moved from South Africa to Tawa.

The pair’s gar­den de­sign,Malef­i­cent, won the best in show prize for the high­est scor­ing land­scape ma­jor ex­hibit, the most in­no­va­tive and unique de­sign, and a gold medal.

To en­sure tight 10-day time­frames were met, the pair used their cre­ative panache – from mak­ing seat­ing struc­tures and rocks from poly­styrene and then painted to look like stone and tim­ber, to sculp­tur­ing wired screens us­ing thorns, ac­cented by a top light­ing show.

‘‘It’s been a long and hard 10 days build­ing the ex­hibit – first out­side in the freez­ing cold – and then four days of blood, sweat and tears in­side to get the re­sult we wanted,’’ Kluge said.

Lu­uTomes has a flair for bring­ingspec­tac­u­lar light­ing into all his de­signs.

‘‘Light­ing was also im­por­tant to high­light fea­tures like the three wa­ter spouts and the de­tail of the seat­ing struc­ture,’’ he said.

The Philadel­phia show was the pair’s first project to­gether as part of their newly formed com­pany, Kluge and Lu­uTomes De­sign.

Their ex­hibit was just two points away from a per­fect score.

Lu­uTomes has come a long way since he was named the 2013 Eller­slie In­ter­na­tional Flower Show emerg­ing designer of the year straight out of polytech­nic.

He and Kluge have since won sil­vers at gar­den­ing world cups.

They are now part­ner­ing with Twigland Gar­den­ers World in John­sonville as its in-house land­scape de­sign­ers.

But they have other irons in the fire.

They are also designing a gar­den for next year’s Sin­ga­pore flower show and are off next month to ex­hibit a gar­den de­sign for a show in Chau­mot, France.

Green thumbs: Tawa gar­den­ers Leon Kluge, left, and Bay­ley Lu­uTomes, who won big at the Philadel­phia Flower Show.

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