Landscaping Talent Speaking at Wellington Home & Garden Show
International Landscaping Talent Speaking at Wellington Home & Garden Show
Leon Kluge is a rock star in the world of landscape design. Young, super-talented and avant-garde, his work takes him all over the globe – which is why it’s such a coup to have him speaking at the Wellington Home & Garden Show this September. Even better, he and his equally talented business partner, Bayley LuuTomes, are also designing a feature garden there.
Show organiser, Daniel Joll, says “We’re very excited to have landscape designers of this calibre involved with the Show. Kluge Luutomes Design will create a display garden near the entrance of the show and Leon will present a seminar each day titled ‘Painting with Plants’. He will explain how gardening is like art and give tips on how to create your own master piece, using the endless choices that plants give us in terms of colour, texture, size and variety. He will speak for about 45 minutes at 12.30 pm each day. “
“The Westpac Stadium will be packed with ideas and innovations for home improvement, so it’s a topic that fits perfectly within that framework. Kluge Luutomes Design will also have a stand at the show, so we think that their presence, along with all the variety, show-only specials and the chance to win a $25,000 custom-designed kitchen from Palazzo Kitchens & Appliances, will be a real drawcard. ”, Mr. Joll said.
To the unversed, LuuTomes launched his Landscape Design career by winning Young Emerging Designer of the year at Ellerslie International Flower Show in 2013. He was then selected to be the only New Zealand exhibitor to show at Hampton Court Palace Flower Show in London that June and in October the same year was invited to show at the Gardening World Cup in Japan, where he and Xanthe White won silver for New Zealand.
Kluge has earned accolades that designers twice his age would covet. These include gold at the Chelsea Flower Show (twice), gold at the Durban Botanical Gardens, plus gold and Best in Show Home Garden at the Gardening World Cup in Japan 2013. Several of his designs beautify the homes of Hollywood ‘A’ Listers. His speciality is vertical gardens, some of which have graced multi-storied office buildings and one which comprised a 20 metre wide and 10 metre high living bee-hive.
The duo combined forces in 2014 after competing in the same category at the Gardening World Cup a year earlier. They soon realised that their different strengths would complement each other and that they worked well together as a team. They haven’t looked back since. To date they have exhibited in four international shows, with recent success at the Philadelphia Flower Show, the oldest flower show in the world. There the duo not only won gold, but were awarded Best in Show for Landscape, being just two points shy of a perfect score.
They both have landscape designs published in many international coffee table books and magazines. This is a chance to see their handiwork in the flesh and hear their landscaping tips first hand, at the Wellington Home & Garden Show, running 25-27 September at the Westpac Stadium.
Wellington Home & Garden
25-27 September 2015
Fri & Sat: 10am - 6pm, Sun: 10am - 5pm
Adults $8, Senior Special Friday $5, Under 16 Free