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POD: An Award-Winning Garden

Articles: POD: An Award-Winning Garden

A well-lit arrival path in the upper part of the POD garden. Photographs by Beth Mullins

The garden selected for the Pacific Horticulture Award at the 2006 San Francisco Flower & Garden Show was unlike most others that have won our award, and, for that matter, unlike most other gardens in the show. Yet, it captivated visitors, as it did our judges. Hazel White offers this interview with the garden’s designer, Beth Mullins, by way of exploring the messages behind the garden’s design.

Hazel White: Could you describe the Pod garden that you created for the San Francisco Flower & Garden show last year?

Beth Mullins: It’s a pocket garden, but I keep calling it a pod garden. On the bottom level is the main garden, where you might stroll, taking your time, looking at different textures and colors; it’s this tiny comfort zone, probably where I would live. Upstairs is a landing pad, where I might wait for friends or ideas to arrive; there were black curtains behind the garden, so I could envision it as being open to the night sky.

HW: The lower garden appeared to be full of pods in various forms.

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