3. CCSF garden designs and a few unusual models

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December 30, 2012 by missionazul

In our design class we do many hand drawings and an occasional brush painting.  We draw plans for both public spaces as well as San Francisco residential gardens.  Sometimes, the plan comes before the actual installation, as it should.  At other times, we draw up a plan after the garden is already created.  This exercise is then for practice, fun, and interpretive purposes only.

There was an obscure patch of garden close to Batmale Hall that students in Xeriscape had planted with the help and support of Steve Petersen of Buildings and Grounds and Steven Brown of the Environmental Horticulture and Floristry Department.  Maybe you can find it using this map?  These are the plants:

batmale garden

In Floweringrams post#2 was this garden planted at Ram Plaza.  Do you know what a Juniperus looks like?

smith hall xeris

The other aspect of designing a garden is building and growing it.  Drawing a picture is pens paper rulers and computers, making a garden is dirt rock wood and plants.  For practice, we make some garden structures and set them out amongst the trees and grasses.  For some designers, this is the first time they have chiseled stone and drilled a hole.  For others who are already proficient in construction, this is a fun way to make real an image in ones mind.

The hexagon and octagon were popular for some reason:



A few weeks later, both have survived well.  A little bit of fungus started to eat the popsicle sticks and the Crassulas grew a little bigger:



There are always sprites and elfin types in a horticulture program who seem to relish growing structures out of the earth.  This was a Eucalyptus leaf home:


Then some rain and wind came down really hard!


This structure reminded me of quails and top knots:


Bamboo and notched joints held tight and snug.


The next two, which one do you like more?  This one?


Or this one?


Well, unfortunately, in models and classes (as well as in real world projects), jobs are sometimes rushed, or the materials do not hold up to nature’s elements over time.  In this case, we learned that glue gun glue is not waterproof, arches can spring under tension if not properly joined, and clay turns to goop when wet.



This is a home for a wood duck:


This is a strong little woven round house.  Needs some thatch or shingles to make it complete.  How would the kids like one of these in the backyard?!


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