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First off, thank you to everyone who has entered to win this contest so far. We have been overwhelmed with entries!

Here are the detailed rules about the Contest:

1. The Contest may only be entered through filling out the form in our display “The Modern Patio” at the Del Mar Fairgrounds

2. The form must be completely filled out and be legible. The optional fields may be filled out as well, but are not mandatory.

3. The email address must be valid.

The fine print…

The contest is valid for residents of California only. The Winner will receive a 1 hour consultation from Falling Waters and the equivalent of 12 hours of design time, and one follow-up visit to present the design. The design will include some combination of the following; A to-scale drawing of the project in plan-view, a detailed plant list including sizes and quantities, a reference note list and material call-outs. If more time is needed/desired then our time will be billed at our hourly rate. The winner will be notified via email or phone call after the fair is over (July 6). We reserve the right to make changes to this contest at any time.

“The Modern Patio”

This year we decided to try something new… Actually invite over 1 million fair-goers into our display. I know, I know, its risky but we really want everyone to experience the garden the way gardens are intended to be enjoyed. The Fair opens June 12, and I hope to see you there. Here is the garden description,


“THE SECRET OF THE OF MODERN PATIO IS NOT SO MUCH IN THE ELEMENTS YOU USE, IT’S HOW YOU PUT THESE ELEMENTS TOGETHER. INCIDENTALLY, MODERN GARDENING IS JUST THAT; USING MATERIALS IN A WAY THAT MAKES SENSE FOR THE REGION, LOCATION, AND TIMES WE ARE LIVING IN. SAN DIEGO IS HOME TO AN ECLECTIC MIX OF FLORA AND FAUNA AND WITH ITS MANY MICRO-CLIMATES COME MANY OPPORTUNITIES TO USE NOT JUST NATIVES, BUT A PANOPLY OF INTERESTING AND EXTRAORDINARY PLANTS. THE “OUTDOOR ROOM” IS BECOMING INCREASINGLY POPULAR, AND WHY NOT? SAN DIEGO IS PERFECTLY SUITED FOR THE OUTDOOR LIFESTYLE, AND SINCE MOST OF US DON’T HAVE UNLIMITED REAL-ESTATE, OUR OUTDOOR SPACES DEMAND TO BE UTILIZED AND TAKEN ADVANTAGE OF.
“THE MODERN PATIO” IS MEANT TO BE EXPERIENCED, NOT GAZED AT FROM AFAR, ITS A DESTINATION, A PLACE TO RELAX AND FORGET ABOUT YOUR WORRIES. THIS SPACE SHOULDN’T BE BURDENSOME OR REQUIRE MORE TIME TO MAINTAIN THAN ONE CAN AFFORD, AND HERE IN SAN DIEGO IT SHOULD BE PLANNED TO USE WATER IN AN EFFICIENT AND COST-EFFECTIVE MANNER.
THIS DESIGN IS INTENDED TO SURPRISE AND DELIGHT. THE THEME IS AMBIGUOUS ON PURPOSE, THE PLANT PALLETE IS MEANT TO MAKE YOU THINK, AND THE COLORS ARE CAREFULLY ARRANGED TO ALLOW THE EYE TO REST. THE MASCULINITY OF THE STEEL AND WOOD IS BALANCED WITH THE FEMININITY OF THE FOLIAGE. THE QUADRATIC UBIQUITY IS BROKEN BY THE CURVES IN THE CONCRETE AND THE NATURAL PLANTER BEDS. BUILT-INS ARE A MUST, AND A COST SAVING ALTERNATIVE TO EXPENSIVE FURNITURE. THE VERTICAL GARDEN DRAWS THE EYE UP, WHILE THE WATER FEATURE WITH ITS SOUND AND MOVEMENT BRINGS US BACK DOWN. THE VISUAL RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN EACH OF THE ELEMENTS SHOULD COMPLIMENT, NOT COMPETE. IN THE END, YOU SHOULD LEAVE THE GARDEN FEELING REFRESHED AND HAPPY. WE HOPE YOU DO.”

Thank to our generous sponsors:

Pigment, Miramar Wholesale Nursery, Botanical Partners/Bamboo Headquarters, KRC Rock, Unique Lighting, West Coast Concrete, Western Cactus Nursery

For more information about the garden, how to purchase items from the show, or for design and construction questions please email Ryan@ryanprange.com