Kwong is the founder of Studio Lily Kwong, a landscape design studio with a mission to reconnect people to nature. The JW Garden projects are currently at JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa, JW Marriott Orlando Bonnet Creek Resort & Spa and the JW Marriott Essex House New York.
Sustainable practices were incorporated into all three biophilic projects, including:
- Repurposed, low-emission materials like stucco
- Water-conserving techniques such as drip irrigation and mulching
- No spray pesticides or fungicides commonly used in commercial gardens
In addition, each JW Garden is centered around a signature aromatic herb.
"There is a synergy that exists between JW Marriott's point of view on well-being and Lily Kwong's passion for bringing people back to nature," said Bruce Rohr, global brand leader, JW Marriott. "Our JW Garden program invites guests to enjoy serene spaces and find balance while staying with us.The garden instantly acts as a respite for the mind and spirit, and later nourishes the body through its gifts. Lily is further elevating the JW Garden experience and we cannot wait for guests to enjoy her vision."