Boston Flower & Garden Show 2014

Seaport World Trade Center

This year’s Boston Flower & Garden Show theme was “Romance in the Garden,” and our exhibit reflected the romantic courtyards and secret gardens found throughout the city’s oldest neighborhoods.

ZEN Associates created a garden to promote our work with the Beacon Hill Garden Club and their annual “Hidden Gardens of Beacon Hill” tour, which will be held on May 15. These small gardens, defined by their walls and windows, challenge a designer to create a space that is viewed from many angles yet still offers a retreat for owners.

At the show, we displayed colorful walls that can provide a background for plants and boulders, windows to allow glimpses into the private spaces and plants that soften the architecture and provide personal scale and richness. We also demonstrated how different garden styles – from classic to modern, eastern to western – can come together on their own terms.

As you tour the streets of Boston this spring, try to imagine what hidden gems lie behind those urns and window boxes. Perhaps a Japanese or French garden filled with lush plantings and the soothing sound of water, perfect for entertaining, reading and gardening.

Read The Boston Globe story on this year’s Boston Flower & Garden Show. Then discover a recent Secret Garden design project by ZEN Associates.

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