Landscape Architect & Specifier News

MAR 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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48 Landscape Architect and Specifier News Continued on page 50 Playgarden Continued from page 46 In homage to the tire industry and Mr. Seiberlings love for automobiles, a Model-T sits in the garden surrounded by bikes and trikes. The vehicle's audio comes to life when the pedals are used. Plantings, which spill out of the grill of the old Ford and a recycled tire plantar, add fragrance and beauty to the garden. Children can walk into the Tudor doghouse, built as a tribute to the Seiberlings' beloved St. Bernard. The doghouse comes complete with an educational living roof and is surrounded with a sand dig pit. A solstice splash fountain is deigned to be great fun, and curiously educational. The pavement pattern of the fountain is based on the flooring pattern in the music hall. The extraordinarily designed layout of Stan Hywet's manor home and terrace fountain, allows guests to view the sunset of the summer solstice perfectly aligned through two doors, and centered directly on the terrace fountain. Sensors in the Playgarden's fountain activate water sprays in the direction of the summer and winter solstices, adding a cool and fun surprise to passing guests. The sensors also reduce water usage. History notes that the Seiberlings were particularly fond of outdoor family activities, and lawn sports. To that end, a lawn bowling alley was incorporated into the design. Created with a padded synthetic lawn, for durability, it is lined with dogwoods, specifically designed to mimic the birch allée found in one of the estate's historic gardens. Above: The solstice spray fountain helps keep guests cool on hot days. Footprints in the path lead to the next element. Right: Historically a variety of lawn games entertained family and guests. The Playgarden incorporates lawn bowing as a design element that is shaded by an allée of dogwoods. Sensors in the playgarden's fountain activate water sprays in the direction of the summer and winter solstices . . .

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