Dr. Decks Goes Sci-Fi in Garden Show

Dr. Decks Goes Sci-Fi in Garden Show


 Amazing innovations in deck automation 

Jason Russell, aka Tacoma’s Dr. Decks, loves to build decks for outdoor living. But he’s not content to build plain old rectangles of straight cedar boards. That’s so old-school.

Jason’s forte is to build decks with amazing style and integrated features. He’s designed some “now you see it, now you don’t” features for decks that will be incorporated into his display garden at the 2013 Northwest Flower & Garden Show. (For the 2012 show, Jason’s deck featured a large, flat-screen television that could be raised or lowered by remote control.)

So Jason is building the ultimate garden and deck just right for a visiting alien. You read that right. His garden is titled “Alien on Vacation.” After all, even slimy creatures want to get away and relax.


Jason ‘Dr. Decks’ Russell’s “Alien on Vacation” deck in progress for the 2013 show.

For the plant lover, Jason’s garden will feature a “circle of death zone,” incorporating some of the Northwest’s plants known for being particularly prickly – nettles, thistles, Venus Fly Traps, and holly.

The garden will also feature a life-sized deck inlay of the xenomorph creature in the Alien movies. Not to worry — this creature will be made from PVC deck board and will showcase experimental board bending and custom inlays. But it illustrates how any kind of design can be built into a deck to suit a home owner’s imagination and style. Last February the deck Jason built was an exact replica of a portion of the Frankenstrat guitar made famous by Eddie Van Halen.

A focal point will be the S.H.E.P. — the ‘Suspended Human Entertainment Pod’, designed for individuals to relax and enjoy their digital media. A massive water wall will slide apart to reveal deck automation which Jason dubs a Deck Flip Chair.

Of course it wouldn’t be an Alien motif without the requisite eggs, so look for a cluster of egg-shaped barbeques. Neon and metal art sculpture by local artists Kevin Russell and Miguel Edwards will enhance the out-of-this-world scene.

Jason built this deck for a 2012 garden called ‘Coloring the Blues,” by Elements of Nature, Inc.

All this amazing innovation will be packed into a garden only 15 x 15 feet, revealing what home owners can do even in the most limited space. You don’t have to have a green thumb to create an amazing outdoor oasis.

Follow Jason DrDecks Russell on Facebook to see how this garden is emerging as Jason brings to life an alien encounter that is actually a good thing for humans wanting an outdoor living space right here on Earth.

You won’t want to miss this out-of-the-world show garden, or all the incredible gardens at the 2013 Northwest Flower & Garden Show. Get your tickets now on our website or Facebook pages, or at a local retail ticket outlet. ~ Janet


  • Jason Russell
    Posted at 05:57h, 29 January Reply

    I never thought that I would see such a wonderful article written about my business or myself. I am gratefully humble for your amazing and kind words and I won’t disappoint you or your team even though there have been a couple of design modifications! Surprise, surprise!

    • Janet
      Posted at 17:29h, 29 January Reply

      I know your garden will be great Jason, and show people how to have a fun, functional outdoor living area in only a small space. (Whether or not they invite Aliens to their barty is up to them.)

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