The Metropolitan, the four-story, 20-unit condominium building on Northwest Boulevard at Third Avenue, hosted an Urban Garden Showcase last weekend.

The Metropolitan, the four-story, 20-unit condominium building on Northwest Boulevard at Third Avenue, hosted an Urban Garden Showcase last weekend.

The owners of the development invited several of the Columbus area's top garden centers to design and install urban gardens on some of the luxury condominium balconies.

"It's a way to showcase our balconies, but also show people that just because you live in an urban condominium doesn't mean you can't enjoy green space," said Jan Jedlinsky, a sales representative for Metro II Realty, which is handling the sales of the condominium.

The gardens were temporary designs made especially for the open house weekend, she said.

The building was open for free tours of the gardens throughout the weekend.

Visitors were invited to make a donation to the Salvation Army.

"We were looking for an organization to contribute to, and we thought that this is probably a slow time of the year for the Salvation Army," Jedlinsky said. "It's a great organization we wanted to support."

Baker's Acres Greenhouse, Dill's Greenhouse, Oakland Nursery, Strader's Garden Centers and Wood Landscape Services participated in the garden showcase.

One of the gardens on the second floor was designed by account manager Lee Markowsky and designer Ryan Kolb.

An array of houseplants and other plantings set the tone for the garden, which was designed as a seating area rather than a dining area, Kolb said.

"The idea is for this to be a place you can come out and just relax and enjoy yourself, perhaps after work or during the weekend," he said.

In coming up with the design of the garden, "we looked at the architecture of the building and the way this unit has been furnished and try to extract those characteristics and apply them to the garden," Markowsky said.

Another second-floor balcony garden was designed by Elaine Roberts, a retail manager with Baker's Acres.

The balcony she worked on is smaller than some of the others at The Metropolitan, Roberts said, so she looked to give her garden a comfortable, low key feel.

She placed a wicker chair and table surrounded by a variety of plants, including a Rita's Gold Fern, Coleus, Limelight Dracaena and the more exotic bromeliad plant.

"We've just started a landscape department, so this event gave us an opportunity to get the word out," Roberts said.

"I really enjoyed coming up with the garden design for a balcony," she said. "It really is like a blank canvas. It's fun to see what you can come up with for the space you have."

Seven people from Dill's Greenhouse participated in the design and installation of the garden for the fourth-floor penthouse unit.

The spacious garden featured a water fountain and water plants.

"We wanted it to be a living space that could be enjoyed year 'round," said Andrew Freeman, a landscape manager with Dill's. "Some of the plants we selected can be brought inside during the winter."

Metropolitan Holdings President Matt Vakasy said the urban garden showcase offered a unique way to show off The Metropolitan.

The building's design incorporates elements of the 1930s "Brick Deco" design of the neighborhood, but gives them a modern feel, he said.

"The location is perfect, so close to all the amenities that Grandview offers," Vakasy said.

The finishing touches are being put on a few of the units, while others are already occupied, he said.

The development features 20 single-level flats with 13 floor plans. The building has 14 two-bedroom, two-bathroom units and other condos have either one or three bedrooms.

The condos are priced from $300,000 to $600,000, Jedlinsky said.