Takk House is a local wedding and events space in the heart of Downtown Troy, NY. The historic building was bought and renovated by Heidi and Frank Sicari, who host the ever-growing list of events held at the space. Whether it's a photo shoot, music event or full blown wedding- it's a guaranteed magical experience!
It was such a pleasure working with them while coming up with a solution for their front-of-building entrance. To the left of their glamorous marquee is a fenced in space that recesses about 2.5 feet below street level, and houses two windows to their soon-to-be underground bowling venue. This unique space immediately draws attention, but unfortunately- passerby's trash and litter, as well. We decided that the space needed to be filled, while keeping open access to the basement windows. We also decided that the large 11 foot window above the space could benefit from some plantings as well!
First, I installed a commissioned black-lacquered window box to match their marquee, then filled the 11 foot box with trailing Ivy and Buddleja (Butterfly Bush). It immediately lifted the face of the building, bringing in a pop of color and texture!
Next came the potted garden. I installed (with the help of my aunt!) 19 terra cotta pots in assorted sizes- ranging from 10 to 24 inches in diameter. I decided to use all medicinal and edible plants- to play along with the space's unique presence. Plus, who doesn't love a big, juicy tomato plant? Also included are Bee Balm, Dill, Licorice, Sage, Lavender, Yarrow, Cabbage, Salvia, and Basil!
The finished product was just as I had imagined it. The space was full, lush and purposive- and Heidi and Frank were thrilled!
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