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Web Extra: Destination Sun Valley

July 31, 2015 -  By
Sun Valley’s 5 acres include a hardscape supply yard.

Sun Valley’s 5 acres include a hardscape supply yard.

As Sun Valley Landscaping grows, its owners have big plans for how they’ll continue to develop their property.

The company, which was featured in the July 2015 cover story, sits on the same five acres of land where one of its legacy companies, Sun Valley Hardscape Design, has been located for 20 years.

Currently, the property houses the company’s offices and equipment, a hardscape supply yard and a plant nursery. Co-owner Hugh Morton’s design for the future contains a display/sculpture gardens, water features and space for community events, like a farmers market.

One focal point will be memorial bell tower Morton is designing in honor of his former partner, Don Shrack, the founder of Sun Valley Hardscape Design. He died in 2006.

“My partner always had these two old bells,” Morton says. “I’ve dreamt up this bell tower that’s in one of the main sight lines of the building. It’s a bit of a memorial for Don. We want to create distinctive things like that throughout the property.”

The ultimate goal for the future of the space? “Fun,” Morton says.

He doesn’t just want to sell people hardscape supplies and plants. He’d like to create a gathering place where people can come to get ideas for their landscapes, look at art, connect with the community and pick up a few things while they’re there.

“We want to be different,” Morton says. “Of course, we have to listen to what makes a profit and pulls people in, but one of our center features is a green space. I envision a figure eight with shade structures around it and grass on the insides. That’s where we could have a farmers market with local suppliers on the weekend or host musicians, artists or a sculpture garden, so it’s more of a destination spot.”






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Marisa Palmieri

About the Author:

Marisa Palmieri is an experienced Green Industry editor who's won numerous awards for her coverage of the landscape and golf course markets from the Turf & Ornamental Communicators Association (TOCA), the Press Club of Cleveland and the American Society of Business Publication Editors (ASBPE). In 2007, ASBPE named her a Young Leader. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Journalism, cum laude, from Ohio University’s Scripps School of Journalism.

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