Marcela Valladolid Wins Lowe’s Design Contest

The succulent wall

The succulent wall

MOORESVILLE, N.C.–Chef Marcela Valladolid has won the Lowe’s Designer Challenge, receiving the most votes on the Lowe’s Facebook page for her Baja-inspired outdoor room.

Competing on behalf of San Diego-based Olivewood Gardens and Learning Center, Valladolid designed the Colors and Textures of Baja outdoor room. Olivewood Gardens, a nonprofit community garden and resource facility that provides a hands-on, garden-based curriculum of ecological, academic and culinary lessons to local children and families, will receive a $50,000 donation from Lowe’s. Designers Danny Seo and Elaine Griffin each earned a $25,000 donation to their charities for participating in the challenge.

“What an honor to be able to win $50,000 for Olivewood Gardens, an organization I deeply admire for bringing children and communities together to learn about the science of plants and the benefit of growing your own food,” Valladolid said. “And I’m thrilled that my Baja-inspired design was relatable to so many people. It’s a place I hold dear to my heart, and I’m hoping that people who were inspired by my design can bring a little bit of Baja to their backyards, too.”

Valladolid’s design drew inspiration from the Baja region of Mexico where she grew up and included succulent plants, a hanging garden, and patio furniture, accents and paint that reflected the colors of the ocean and Baja terrain.