The little garden of delights

Deanna Glory thinks big even when spaces are small.

The award-winning landscape designer and horticulturist isn’t discouraged by the number of petite properties packed into the Bay Area — that’s actually her specialty.

Glory, the owner of Noe Valley-based Deanna Glory Landscape Design, has tailored her business to satisfy requests of city dwellers yearning for a lavish outdoor retreat even with a limited amount of space available.

“In the city, properties are smaller but people still want all the things that the people in the suburbs want. They want a place to grill, a place to be in the sun, a place to grow their vegetables, and have a lawn for the kids to play on — they want all the same things but they have a much smaller space,” she says.

“In a small space you can have all these things — you just need to have the right design to make sure it all flows and feels right and doesn’t feel cramped or crowded.”

Beginning Wednesday, the designer reaffirms that it’s not the size of the space you have, but how you use it with the display “And Now Playing in the Garden …” at the San Francisco Flower and Garden Show.

The Bay Area’s largest flower and garden show features 22 display gardens, 78 seminars and 250 exhibits. It runs through March 16 at the Cow Palace.

Utilizing a space about 25 feet by 30 feet — roughly the average size of a backyard or outdoor space in San Francisco — Glory reinvents an ordinary backyard into anoutdoor movie theater. The idea behind her design was the result of her clients asking questions about how they could incorporate wall space into the scheme of their yards.

“So many times I’ve heard, ‘What can I do with this big, blank wall?’” she says. “So, I thought about what we could do to make it not a big blank wall — that gave me the inspiration for showing a movie on the side of the house.”

Glory’s concept garden isn’t solely about creating a makeshift movie screen; it also incorporates fragrant flowers, a fishpond and waterfall, a comfy lounge area and a shade garden. She insists that her garden is low maintenance and utilizes plants that require either no pruning or very little. In addition, Glory says she created the low-cost outdoor refuge with the do-it-yourself gardener in mind.

‘This garden it a great one because it can be done by a do-it-yourselfer or can be hired out,” she says.” And that’s what my work is really all about — providing affordable and unique design that can be done by the homeowner or by a professional.”

IF YOU GO

San Francisco Flower and Garden Show

When: 9 a.m.-8 p.m. March 12-15; 9 a.m.-6 p.m. March 16

Where: Cow Palace, 2600 Geneva Ave., Daly City

Tickets: $4 to $20 ($29 for two-day pass; $65 for a five-day pass)

Contact: (415) 771-6909, www.gardenshow.com

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