Larry Teague, landscape architect, Zamia Design, a winner!

Larry Teague, landscape architect and owner of Zamia Design, at his desk

Larry Teague, landscape architect and owner of Zamia Design, at his desk

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Gainesville Landscape Architect Larry Teague, of Zamia Design, had to scramble near midnight to reduce his design from 3000 square feet to 300, but he still managed to produce a winner. Teague’s entry was the winning North Florida plan in the Florida Association of Native Nurseries’ Real Florida Landscapes™ Design Competition.

Teague’s award-winning residential design will be installed as one of three demonstration landscapes at the Native Plant Show, April 4 and 5, 2013, at the Osceola Heritage Park Exhibition Building, 1901 Chief Osceola Trail, Kissimmee, Florida. The wholesale tradeshow is the first in Florida to feature nothing but native plants. A formal presentation of the landscape installations will occur at 1:00pm Thursday, April 4 at the show.

A statewide jury of leading landscape architects who evaluated sixteen submittals from professionals and graduate students selected Teague’s entry as a winner. Teague said that his goal was to “show what the average homeowner could do in a typical North Florida situation, using all native plants that would not require irrigation after establishment and would maximize wildlife benefits while providing an attractive landscape.” A Florida native himself, Teague received a Master’s Degree in Landscape Architecture at the University of Florida and is certified by the U.S. Green Building Council as a LEED AP (Leadership in Energy-Efficient Design Accredited Professional).

Competition rules stipulated that designs must be all native, with no turf grass and minimal use of materials other than plants, and fit within 300 square feet. Teague normally designs full-scale residential and commercial landscapes, so it’s not surprising that he might prefer working on a larger scale. After being notified that he was a winner, Teague reported, “Somewhere between reading about the contest and sitting down to design, the area went from 300 to 3000 square feet in my head. After spending all day on the project, I caught my error as I was filling out the application about two hours before the deadline. So it was pretty hectic trying to condense my ideas down to 10% of my original design before it all turned into a pumpkin at midnight.”

Teague’s award-winning design will receive more scrutiny when over 200 horticulture and landscape professionals from around the state will attend the Native Plant Show to learn how native plants can be creatively used to meet “right plant, right place” goals of Florida-friendly landscaping™ as well as achieve high aesthetic standards and enhance biodiversity. The demonstration landscape area in the center of the show is expected to spark a lot of discussion about the quality, availability and performance of Florida native plants in the landscape. Nearly 40 native plant growers from around the state will be exhibiting and hope that by demonstrating the best in native landscape design, other landscape architects and designers will be inspired to use more native plants in their projects – and thus begin the transformation of Florida’s urban landscape to one that is more authentic and preserves biodiversity and water quality.

Jurors for the design competition included:
Jeff Caster, State Transportation Landscape Architect at the Florida Department of Transportation and past president of the Florida Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA);
George Fogg, IBIS Landscape Architect and ASLA Fellow;
Raymond Jungles, landscape architect honored by ASLA with seventeen design awards;
Stephen Pategas, President of Hortus Oasis and published garden/landscape writer; and
Scott Redmon, Redmon Design, landscape architect for the New American Home 2012 in Winter Park, a sustainability showcase project of the North American Home Builders International Builder’s Show.