Landscape Architect & Specifier News

JAN 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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30 Landscape Architect and Specifier News Above: The elliptical, enclosed 5:1 pitched lawn overlooks the wetlands and is buffered by Magnolia grandiflora 'Brackens Brown Beauty' trees and Prague viburnum shrubs. The over-sized, undulating play/ seating elements that resemble "potato chips" (Escofet USA, Lungo Mare Element) are reinforced cast stone concrete and weigh 6,600 pounds. PHOTO: JOHN YANSON, MONTGOMERY COUNTY PARKS The founding of the city was in the 1830s and 1840s, when German immigrants began selling wares at a crossroads that became known as "German Town." The local historical society says the name derived from the merchants' heavy German accents. The majority of landowners were actually of English or Scottish descent. Today, Germantown reflects a diverse population: 36% of European lineage; 22% of African heritage; 20% Asian; and 18% Hispanic. Germantown is moderately affluent, boasting a median household income of $76,061 (2010 city data estimate). Locally, Germantown is identified with the BlackRock Center for the Arts, which sponsors the Germantown Oktoberfest. Historical note: John Wilkes Booth co-conspirator George Atzerodt, a German immigrant, was directed to kill Vice-President Andrew Johnson. He did not carry out his dark task, and was captured at his cousin's house in Germantown. Project Scope of Work Germantown Town Center Park is at the north end of an 8.8-acre parcel owned by Montgomery County and shared by the new Germantown, Md. (pop. 90,676) is 30 miles northwest of Washington, D.C., and lies within Montgomery County. One can easily get up to Germantown from D.C. via the Washington Metro's Red Line to the Shady Grove Station.

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