San Antonio Botanical Garden’s Family Adventure Garden breaks ground!

August 2015 ~ San Antonio, TX

Bob Brackman, Director of the San Antonio Botanical Gardens, recently checked in with an exciting update on their Family Adventure Garden. The grounds have been cleared and are nearly ready for the next stage of construction! Terra provided a Concept Master Plan for this expansion to provide visitors a unique opportunity for hands-on nature play to explore their native Texas landscapes.Through creative collaboration with national family garden and nature play experts and a passionate Garden Board, they are building a garden that captures the spirit of San Antonio’s natural systems in a way that connects with the child in all of us. Children and their caregivers will be invited to climb, build, dig, explore, and create in three re-imagined indigenous zones: Urban Neighborhoods, Southern Texas Plains and Texas Hill Country.  While plants, animals, geology, and weather are woven into the fabric of the Garden, the unique water story of San Antonio will be celebrated.

The Garden is slated to open Spring of 2017, and Bob has arranged for aerial photos to be taken monthly to document the evolution of the project. Stay tuned!

The Rainwater Cascades at Fellows Riverside Gardens Improves Ground Maintenance

July 2015 ~ Youngstown, OH

Terra Design Studios has been leading the implementation of the master plan for Fellows Riverside Gardens, part of Mill Creek MetroParks in Youngstown, Ohio, since its adoption in 2008.  Recent improvements as outlined in the master plan include the redesign of the Garden’s Great Lawn to remedy long-standing drainage issues.  Through collaboration with John Buck of Civil and Environmental Consultants (CEC), Terra developed a dry stream garden, called Rainwater Cascades, to artfully slow and treat the water during rainwater events while offering quiet beauty during dry times.

Gardens Director, Keith Kaiser, reported recently that “the Rainwater Cascades is doing exactly what it was designed to do.”  Since it was constructed, the Great Lawn has not had any issues with ponding and during the heaviest of storms, the water follows the streambed without erosion.  Good news indeed!

Plans for the Garden of Eatin’ Show are revealed at Monticello Sculpture Gardens

February 2015 ~ Godfrey, IL

Terra recently visited the Monticello Sculpture Gardens to present the final design for the fourth annual flower exhibit on the campus of Lewis and Clark Community College. The 2015 show, titled Garden of Eatin’, will invite visitors to take a sensory journey through visually stunning, sweet smelling, and tasty edible displays in thirteen pocket gardens within the Sculpture Gardens.  A student favorite is bound to be Spirits and Suds, featuring planted and sculptural displays with enticing titles such as the Beer Garden, Bourbon on the Rocks, Bloody Mary Medley, Martini with a Twist, Margaritaville, and Wine Country! Previous shows centered around our pollinators, called BeeDazzled!; new cultivars with animal names, christened Menagerie in Bloom; and bold and colorful tropicals, The Bold and Beautiful.

You can follow along on the Garden of Eatin’s progress by visiting here!

Lewis and Clark Community College awarded an $850,000 Illinois Green Infrastructure Grant!

February 2015 ~ Godfrey, IL

Terra developed artful stormwater concepts and helped Gardens staff submit for this state-wide sustainability-minded grant. In September 2014, we learned that the Gardens would be awarded an $850,000 matching grant from the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency for the design and construction of a 200-space green parking lot and terraced rain garden land art exhibit, called Radiating Waves. During a recent visit to the campus, Terra presented Design Development drawings, and will be collaborating with Sheppard Morgan Schwaab Engineers, Randy Burkett Lighting Design, Inc. and BRiC, Inc. on the further development of the project.