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Introducing the GardenArt Team — Korena Vawter


Korena L. Vawter


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Korena is originally from Indianapolis, Indiana and now lives in West Lafayette with her family. She has been the Business Manager at GardenArt since 2004. Korena has a degree in Floral Design from the Indianapolis Floral Design School and is a Notary.

She is married to Dan Vawter who also works at GardenArt. She has four children: Barry, Morgan, Samantha and Matthew; and has three cats: Hank, Rudy and Star. Barry is married to Ashley and works in IT; Morgankorena_vawter2 recently married Casey; Samantha recently graduated from Harrison High School and will attend Ivy Tech Community College-Lafayette in the fall; and Matt is a junior at Harrison High School and is on the varsity basketball team.

In addition to her work with GardenArt, Korena is an active part of her children’s lives and all of their activities. She also enjoys working in her own yard and scrap-booking – about her kids. Korena believes that GardenArt’s strengths include Vision, Creativity and Loyalty. She enjoys problem-solving and pleasing the GardenArt customers. Her best days at GardenArt are when she knows the clients are 100% satisfied.

Korena enjoys her work with GardenArt and loves going to the office every day but also looks forward to retiring on a sunny, quiet beach someday.



The easiest way to set up a meeting with the GardenArt team to discuss your vision for improving your outdoor living space is to fill out the simple GardenArt contact form, click HERE. Do it today!



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Operation Releaf 2013


GardenArt – Operation Releaf 2013


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In the spring, GardenArt was selected by the City of West Lafayette to coordinate the tree plantings for Operation Releaf 2013. The GardenArt team spent the first part of the summer ordering, delivering, and planting trees in various neighborhoods all around the City of West Lafayette.


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Operation Releaf 2013 is an initiative in the City of West Lafayette that coordinates the planting of trees twice a year to replace trees that have been lost due to old age or damage either by accident or from vandalism. The tree plantings (one each spring and one each fall) are organized by the Greenspace Administrator for the City of West Lafayette with the invaluable assistance from the West Lafayette Tree Fund. The members of the West Lafayette Tree Fund act as liaisons with the homeowners assisting in picking the species of tree and scheduling the tree delivery.


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With the adoption of the original West Lafayette Landscape Ordinance, the West Lafayette Tree Fund was founded and formed in 1981 by a small group of concerned citizen led by the late Helen Lillich. The Tree Fund is supported by private contributions, and its purpose is to plant trees and implement landscaping projects in the public right of way in the City of West Lafayette. In addition to the funds raised by the West Lafayette Tree Fund, the Operation Releaf 2013 budget is augmented by grants from the Department of Natural Resources, EnviroWatts, and Community Development Block Grant. Over 6700 street trees have been planted over the years – lining the public streets, cleaning the air, cooling the neighborhoods, shading the sidewalks, capturing storm water, and beautifying the City.


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GardenArt is proud to be an integral part of such an important and worthwhile project especially since it benefits the community in which they reside. For Operation Releaf 2013, GardenArt planted a total of 87 trees.

GardenArt was also involved in the installation of Helen’s Way in November 2010. Helen’s Way is a cluster of hundreds trees along Kalberer Road in West Lafayette named in honor of the late Helen Lillich – West Lafayette’s self-proclaimed “Tree Lady.” Until her passing in 2010, Helen Lillich dedicated her life to beautifying the city through sheer hard work and determination as a guiding force behind the founding the Tree Fund and the adoption of the original West Lafayette Landscape Ordinance.


To support Operation Releaf, go to the West Lafayette Tree Fund website – click HERE.

To view more photos of GardenArt-Operation Releaf 2013, click HERE.


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The easiest way to set up a meeting with the GardenArt team to discuss your vision for improving your outdoor living space is to fill out the simple GardenArt contact form, click HERE.

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Nanshan – Plants Establish and Mature


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The GardenArt crew has been hard at work implementing the next phase of the landscape design created exclusively for Nanshan America AAT, Lafayette, Indiana. This project is unique in many ways for GardenArt. First, the scope, size and time table sets it apart from most other projects. Nanshan America like most successful international companies demands from its partners – quality, attention to detail, and integrity – and they not only trust GardenArt with this highly visible project but also requested continued maintenance.


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Like all new landscaping installations, it takes 12 to 18 months to see the plants establish and mature. On a recent visit to the Nanshan property, the native plants, grasses, and flowers look brilliant – just like GardenArt had planned. Check out these impressive photos of the rose garden at one of the entrances, the plants at the entrance and plant sign, and the landscape around the pond.


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Next, GardenArt will be installing the water feature in the Nanshan pond. Photos of the installation will be coming soon. {Sneak Peek in picture below.}


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To view a complete list of the plants, flowers and grasses installed by GardenArt at Nanshan, click HERE.

To see more pictures of the Nanshan landscape by GardenArt, click HERE.

To read more about the GardenArt installation at Nanshan, click HERE.



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Plants, Flowers and Grasses at Nanshan America AAT


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The alphabetical list of the plants, flowers and grasses installed by GardenArt at Nanshan AAT America are as follows:

  • Acorus calamus (Sweet Flag)
  • Asclepias incarnata (Swamp Milkweed)
  • Aster ericoides (Heath Aster)
  • Baptisia australis (Blue False Indigo)
  • Carex annectans var xanthocarpa (Yellow Fox Sedge)
  • Carex comosa (Bristly Sedge)
  • Carex emoryi (Riverbank Tussock Sedge)
  • Decodon verticillatus (Swamp Loosestrife)
  • Helenium autumnale (Autumn Sneezeweed)
  • Iris virginica shrevei (Blue Flag)
  • Juncus effusus (Soft Rush)
  • Liatris spicata (Dense Blazing Star)
  • Nymphaea odorata (White Water Lily)
  • Panicum virgatum (Switchgrass)
  • Peltandra virginica (Arrow Arum)
  • Penstemon calycosus (Smooth Beardtongue)
  • Penstemon digitalis (Foxglove Beardtongue)
  • Pontederia cordata (Pickerel Arum)
  • Pycnanthemum virginianum (Mountain Mint)
  • Rudbeckia fulgida speciosa (Showy Black-Eyed Susan)
  • Rudbeckia subtomentosa (Sweet Black-Eyed Susan)
  • Schizachyrium scoparium (Little Bluestem)
  • Scirpus acutus (Hard-Stem Bulrush)
  • Scirpus pungens (Three-Square Bulrush)
  • Solidago riddellii (Riddell’s Goldenrod)
  • Sporobolus heterolepis (Prairie Dropseed)

Nanshan America Advanced Aluminum Technologies is one of GardenArt’s most prestigious clients. The plant Lafayette, Indiana is the company’s first US manufacturing site.

GardenArt created an overall landscape design for Nanshan that covers more than 50 acres and will be implemented in phases. The project includes a pond that enhances the landscape of the entire area and greets guests at the entrance of their property. The pond area introduces native plant species as well as a fountain.

GardenArt planted more than 20,000 native plant plugs including a wide variety of native wild flowers and grasses (forbs and graminoids). This summer, GardenArt will add the water fountain to the Nanshan pond. Photos of the fountain installation will be posted soon.


The easiest way to set up a meeting with the GardenArt team to discuss your vision for improving your outdoor living space is to fill out the simple GardenArt contact form, click HERE. Do it today!



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