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In many ways, we are a “mom and pop” operation. Okay, so my mom and pop knew more about landscape design than most, but they still built our venue slowly, as they could afford to. After all, there really is no rush. Each season for 11 years, our weddings have begun with an unfinished wish list of improvements. I often wonder if we will ever complete that list, mainly because I do believe we love to upgrade our little pile of dirt on this planet. We are constantly scheming and dreaming up new things to do with it. That is how Maravilla Gardens was built.
Normally, I share the progression of our projects as we tear the site apart and rebuild it. But, I felt this time doing so would unsettle even the most settled bride. In fact, it was a little unsettling to me. You see, while it is the venue’s reception area, it is also my backyard. I liked having all that grass in my backyard, and someone was messing with it! I was chatting up the tree care guy one day, when he put it all into perspective for me. He said, “Grass is a ground cover, not a floor cover.” Bingo! For the past 4 years we have struggled to make grass a floor covering. And, against all of our best efforts, we were losing the battle. You see, like The Lorax, we are plant lovers. When our garden weeps, we weep along with it. And all that energy we were pouring into our lawn was keeping us away from our flowers. We were off balance.
And so, the decision was made to install pavers for 150-180 guests. Our guest average is 150, so this upgrade will keep our guests off the grass the majority of the time. Why not synthetic turf, you ask? As landscapers and nursery people, fake turf has never set well with us. Upon extensive research, we found it is just as costly as pavers, yet needs to be replaced and repaired more often. It can look worn out, which is one thing we were trying to avoid with the grass. And most of all, it isn’t good for the environment when it poisons the dirt is sits on. Chemicals are leached into it the soil, rendering it useless for ever growing anything in it again. Call it a personal preference, but it just isn’t for us. The benefits of paving includes keeping the grass areas healthy, ease of use for guests wearing high-healed shoes, and ease of use for catering servers and our employees because it takes less effort to walk on solid ground than grass. While we had a vision before the installation, we couldn’t be 100% sure of what it would look like. When the dust settled, as it did just last week, we discovered we were left with a more elegant and polished reception area. We can barely wait for our first wedding to come around, so we can see it filled with tables, linens, chairs, flowers, food, music, and the people who bring it to life. We hope you like it as much as we do.