Tawa pair blooming good in US
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.