Landscape Architect & Specifier News

NOV 2017

LASN is a photographically oriented, professional journal featuring topics of concern and state-of-the-art projects designed or influenced by registered Landscape Architects.

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124 Landscape Architect and Specifier News s t e w a rd s h i p In addition to the pro bono design work by landscape architect Ken Uhle from the Westchester County Parks Department, in-kind support was also received in the form of construction specifications by a licensed planner, removal rescue (for reuse elsewhere) of plants, and wall repairs and installation of plumbing and electric by Westchester Community College's Physical Plant department for the Native Plant Center in Valhalla, New York. Artist Domenic Belli created a steel arbor to showcase native vines. The project contractor, Manzer's Landscape and Design, worked for four months with calls, meetings, and the patience necessary to build the job. Landscape Architect & Specifier News (ISSN 1060-9962) is published monthly by Landscape Communications, Inc., 14771 Plaza Drive Suite A, Tustin, California 92780 Phone: 714-979-LASN (5276); Fax: 714-434-3862. Online version (ISSN 2150-9123). Copyright 2017 by Landscape Communications, Inc. Printed in the U.S.A. All rights reserved. Contents may not be reprinted or otherwise reproduced without written permission. Periodicals postage paid at Tustin, CA and additional mailing offices. Subscription Inquiries: Send new or renewal notices or change of address (send both new and old addresses) to Landscape Architect & Specifier News, P.O. Box 1126, Tustin, CA 92781-1126. Subscriptions: Licensed/Registered Landscape Architects free of charge. Others, Continental U.S., Alaska, Hawaii & Canada: 12 issues, $34.95, 24 issues, $55.00, Mexico: 12 issues, $65.00 per year. Additional copies may be purchased by contacting LASN at circulation@landscapeonline.com or 714-979-5276 ext. 144. Postmaster: Please send address changes to Landscape Architect & Specifier News, P.O. Box 1126, Tustin, CA 92781-1126. The Native Plant Center at Westchester County Community College in Valhalla, New York, was founded in 1998 to educate people about the environmental necessity, economic value, and natural beauty of the region's native plants. The teaching garden behind the center's headquarters was given a new look by landscape architect Ken Uhle, RLA, ASLA, from the Westchester County Parks Department. Uhle, who also worked as a project manager throughout the construction and installation process, created the design pro-bono. What was once a series of themed beds is now a single, cohesive garden that uses native plants in familiar elements such as a perennial bed, shrub border, and water feature. The lawn was replaced with shrubs and groundcovers to illustrate sustainable gardening. A main attraction is the renovation of the central bed to formally showcase natives. Among the other highlights is the widening of bluestone paths to make them ADA accessible, extra seating, and an arbor and water garden for native vines and native water-loving plants. The garden's location at a hub of the campus provides an opportunity to feature the benefits of native plants. The more than 800 new plants throughout the garden represent 58 species and cultivars, and include species taught in the college's Go Native U classes. The center received a grant of $20,200 from the Stanley Smith Horticultural Trust toward the creation of the garden. If you have a project where landscape architectural design services were provided pro bono, you can submit your Stewardship proposal to: stewardship@landscapeonline.com. Story Ideas? New Look Invigorates Stone Cottage Garden By Carol Capobianco, Director, The Native Plant Center

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