EVERGREE BRICK WORKS
(*Society, Environment, Education, Design)
Visit the Evergreen Brick Works booth at Canada Blooms from March 17–21 »
More and more gardeners are learning about the benefits of gardening with plants native to their region, and becoming more eco-conscious in their planting techniques.
That’s why Evergreen has teamed up with Canada Blooms to host the first ever award for the “greenest exhibit”. The award will go to the exhibitor whose display is the most environmentally inspired. The winner – picked by a jury of gardening experts and horticulturalists well known in the gardening community, landscape architects, pollinator experts and sustainability professionals – will be invited to design and build a plot at the soon to be opened Evergreen Brick Works.
A selection of gardening experts and horticulturalists well known in the gardening community, landscape architects, pollinator experts and sustainability professionals have been invited to join the jury. A number have confirmed. In total, there will be 5–7 jury members.
Design and Plant Choice
Creativity and aesthetics
Use of native species / edibles / medicinal
Attractiveness to pollinators, birds, habitat creation
Alternatives to turf
Water needs and conservation (e.g. rainwater handling, permeable surfaces, cistern, rain barrel)
Interactivity/opportunity to engage public, children
Level of feasibility and adaptability and uptake of concept to roofs, windows and the average home gardener
Responsible sourcing and re-use of materials
Protection of soil (use of mulches, erosion control) and soil building (composting)
Level or lack of pesticide use, fertilizer use
Mowing, trimming, blowing requirements
The Jury will consider other environmental elements such as:
Does the exhibit enhance group and individual experiences?
The landscape design includes spaces or small outdoor “rooms” to accommodate varied activities and to promote free flow of child play.
Pathways and small social gathering areas.
Amenities such as tree houses or natural play elements – sand/water, loose parts and shade.
Could have some grass for small children – ecolawn – that can be maintained if necessary with a push mower.
Does the exhibit contribute to the reduction of the urban heat island effect? e.g. what is the percentage of plantings and shade vs. hard surface area?
Does the exhibit consider alternatives to turf? e.g. edible landscaping such as vegetable gardens
Is the exhibit energy wise? e.g. does garden utilize solar lighting, LED lighting, wind/solar powered pumps, windbreaks to lower heating costs, shade on south and/or southwest sides of dwellings to lower cooling costs?
If known, what is the exhibit’s carbon footprint? This would take into consideration the amount of carbon dioxide emissions associated with the materials, build and maintenance of the proposed designs.