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Jack Barnwell explains the design techniques he uses at Hotel Iroquois.

Kristen Hampshire | April 21, 2011


The most surprising aspect of the gardens at Hotel Iroquois, according to Jack Barnwell: “The fact that there are so many flowers and not a single weed.” That’s because flowers are packed tightly into beds for maximum impact. “This not only creates a carpet of color, texture, shapes and scent, but it also does not allow for any weeds to compete,” says the president of Mackinac Island, Mich.-based Barnwell Landscape and Garden Services.

Barnwell’s high-impact design at the hotel is accomplished by planting densely, experimenting with different varieties released by grower-partner Proven Winners, and by implementing a cottage garden style that evolves as Barnwell digs into the project.

“I do come up with a color scheme and overall theme for the gardens by the previous January so I can get my (plant) order in, but a detailed design would be very hard for me to do for that particular property because of the gardening style,” he says of the Victorian-inspired cottage plan.

Here are some design techniques Barnwell incorporates into the Hotel Iroquois gardens.
Containers. Pots of color bring fragrance and style onto porches and seating areas.
Pocket gardens. Private spaces for guests to enjoy and linger offer an intimate feel.
Window boxes. Color climbs the walls with the use of window planters.
Seating spots. Creating areas for guests to take in the surroundings promotes appreciation of the property.
 

 

This is one of three stories that appeared in Lawn & Landscape's Business Builder e-newsletter. To continue reading about Barnwell Landscape and Garden Services:

Labor of love: Working by horse and hand, Barnwell Landscape and Garden Services designs and builds stunning resort displays using innovative techniques.

Guiding green-thumb guests: Tours of the grounds at Hotel Iroquois offer practical landscaping tips.

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