Mark Russell, director of horticulture for SeaWorld Parks & Resorts Orlando, put together a team of six horticulturists from Discovery Cove to transform Mike and Diana Bixlers' front yard mud pit into a lushly landscaped
tropical oasis. The couple was selected as the winner of the Discovery Cove's Landscape Your Lawn contest. Their lawn was selected as the top choice by fans of the
Discovery Cove Facebook Page. In just two hours, the team used an arc and tangent design technique to plant various tropical plant species, including
Orange Bird of Paradise, Magnificent Croton, Dazzle Schefflera, Foxtail Fern and Ixora.