Landscape Architect & Specifier News

JUL 2014

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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72 Landscape Architect and Specifier News Children's Adventure Garden (Continued from page 69) Top, Left The Island Pavilion features a green roof of low-growing sedums and ice plants (Delosperma sp.). The space underneath is an open-air classroom and nature lab. The pond plantings include lily pads, cattails (Typha sp.), 'Arrowhead' (Sagittaria latifolia) and sedges (Juncus sp.), all Texas natives. The bird blind (right), constructed of cedar log posts and beams, allows undisturbed wildlife observation. PhoTo: MKW + AssoCIATes Above, Left The garden's 17 themed galleries and 150 interactive exhibits afford plenty of opportunities for children to be surprised and charmed by the play elements. In First Adventure, the gallery for the younger set, there are mushroom jets (Delta Fountains, Jacksonville) and bubbling boulders. A New Jersey artist fabricated the mushroom seats from salvage wood. For added safety, there is cushioned surfacing (Cross Country Corp.). PhoTo: MKW + AssoCIATes Above, Right Among the elements on the Water Power deck in the Pure energy Pond are dams and sluice gates that allow children to experiment with collecting and directing water. A waterwheel (left) let's them see the power and energy of moving water. PhoTo: MKW + AssoCIATes decks along the island's perimeter. A second structure, a bird blind, is mounted on a deck over the water, offering a great vantage point from which to view birds and other wildlife. In addition to the beautiful sequence of linked water features, there are several stand- alone features. First Adventure, the gallery for tots and young children, includes a playful rill of mushroom jets and a series of bubbling boulders that spill into 'Turtle Creek', a shallow stream complete with stepping lily pads and cattails. Living Cycles includes a glass framed pond for viewing pond creatures. The pond flows across a shallow stone basin and drops to a shallow pool in the Earth Cycles Cave, which features 'dripping' stalactites.

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