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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38 Landscape Architect and Specifier News total public park space in the city by almost half. Visitors to the park notice the stands of large oak and maple trees that were preserved by meandering the ponds in the former fairways. This project did not come without challenges. First, the most visible and prime retail space was at the lowest elevation of the site where stormwater management would typically want to be. With thoughtful planning, this challenge turned into an opportunity. The stormwater wetland, which has become a feature of the donated park, was oversized and able to be strategically placed by using the excavated material to raise the site. The "unconventional" site plantings initially caused concerns from some neighbors. During the wildflower establishment period, city hall started receiving numerous calls reporting the property's landscape was not being maintained. Homeowners, Above: The park offers nearly a mile of walking trails, preserving large native oaks and maples, and 5.5 acres of wetlands with native plantings and wildflower meadows that present educational opportunities. Those who take a walk to or from the Wal-Mart Supercenter see dense plantings of Appalachian sedge, 'Heavy Metal' switchgrass and rows of Virginia sweetspire shrubs (left) bordering the walkway. Top, Left: The walkway "landscape" before. BEFORE

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