Landscape Architect & Specifier News

OCT 2018

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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October 2018 127 Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Richmond, Va. The Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, located in Richmond Virginia, offers year-round beauty on a historic property with 50 acres. RAS designed the central garden complex and conservatory, incorporating a new visitor center and a new educational building. The design features a progression of outdoor "rooms" with walled courtyards, a medicinal and meditative healing garden, and a sunken garden with an oval fountain. Programming and plans were prepared for exhibits in the 15,560-square-foot conservatory. In 2017, Condé Nast Traveler voted Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden the fourth "Most Beautiful Botanical Garden in the U.S." Nemours Museum and Gardens, Wilmington, Del. The Historic Wilmington Delaware estate of Alfred I. duPont (1864- 1935), Nemours Mansion and Gardens, comprises an exquisite 77-room mansion, designed by Carrere and Hastings, and set within an expansive series of French-styled gardens. RAS provided the planning and oversaw a full-scale historic restoration of the gardens, from preservation planning through completed construction. Work included an extensive conditions assessment report followed by comprehensive drawings and specifications for the 225 acres of garden, arboretum, woodland and meadow. The highlight of the garden restoration is the central Vista Garden, with its fountains and plantings brought back to their original splendor.

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