Master plan for an old farmstead which is now intended to be used for rentals and music festivals.
We created a modern version of wild sandhills meadows in a green space in what had been a parking lot since 1920. Using perfectly adapted plants and all low impact techniques; no irrigation system, no soil amendments, no synthetic chemicals a barren back door became a welcoming parking garden. Here’s a link to blog on the plants we used in this plant-stressful site.
Owner installed a gym & coffee bar inside and wanted the landscape to be just as cool. "I want employees to know they're in a special place, to be proud of their work, from the moment they pull in the parking lots." We designed and constructed custom benches and add other very modern elements including a grove of tortoise shell bamboo.
Jenks was the first curator of this garden; hired the crew, did the plantings and kept the garden for 10 years. Almost a million people a year visit this garden. The collections we established in the 1990’s have been enhanced and built on by a talented team of horticulturists. You can see tons of photo on line but this in this one, you can see early soil prep and plantings.