Although technically all our designs are customized, we are most known for our innovative flower structures. Shade-Guard partnered with Brightside St. Louis, and consulted with SWT Landscape Architects, to design and fabricate totally unique structures for Brightside’s Demonstration Garden. Keeping with the Brightside focus of beautifying neighborhood green spaces while promoting native plants, we designed facsimiles of the purple coneflower, a prolific native Missouri plant.
For Brightside, each of the three flower structures are 16-feet-tall x 23-feet-wide with eight daisy-like purplish petals and large, coppery-orange cones. For all flower projects, Shade-Guard uses flat bar steel which is rolled, hot-dipped galvanized, and thermal sprayed. With excellent shade factor, the claret shade cloth will keep residents and tourists comfortable while visiting this gorgeous community garden situated within St. Louis’s famed Southwest Garden Neighborhood.
Over the course of the past few years, we've received calls from as far away as Australia regarding our flowers. Most recently, we installed our trademark project in the kita at Shirlee Green Preschool of Shaare Emeth in Creve Coeur, Missouri, and within Greenwood Park in Hayward, California.
We look forward to brightening your neighborhood with our unique custom flowers!
Now check out our Brightside St. Louis creative process!
After individual petals were formed through a special rolling process, we began assembling each of the three frames.
Next, we cut and welded our steel to form the domes.
When our testing was successful, we measured, cut, and sewed all 24 petals and three dome covers.
Here, we created shade cloth templates for our petals and domes to insure accuracy and functionality.
Once all galvanizing complete, we began the precise thermal spray process.
After months of off-site labor, we are ready to pour the concrete.
Excavation day for our humongous stems!
When site preparation was complete, the crane lifted our massive stems into the ready sonotubes.
Installation Day! Onsite assembling of flowers.
Goal realized: tremendous, comfortable shade!
Dome adds finishing touch.
Carefully loading petals to eventually sit atop stem.