The Niagara Falls Culinary Institute was recently named first place award recipient of the I-Plants Magazine 2013 Design Contest for interior landscaping design using permanent botanicals. I-Plants Magazine is an online magazine and the official trade journal for the interior plantscape industry.
Niagara County Community College professor and horticulture program coordinator Carolyn Stanko, CNLP, jointly conceived the original interior landscape design with Kathryn O'Donnell, owner of Botanicus Interior Landscaping of Tonawanda. The installation was completed by Botanicus. A Tuscan theme was incorporated using olive trees, grape ivy vines, rosemary and basil. An assortment of specially designed artificial trees, bushes, flowers and vines are used in the kitchens, classrooms and throughout the five-story center atrium. In addition, a first floor wall features plant portraits and a variety of bush and hanging succulents.
Entries were judged on design aspects, appropriateness for the client, space, materials, containers, use of color and innovation in design.
The Niagara Falls Culinary Institute opened in Niagara Falls in 2012 and houses culinary and hospitality programs offered at Niagara County Community College.