June 7, 2013 by missionazul
Well, here’s a snapshot of some projects we engaged in during the spring of 2013.
We went to the San Francisco Flower and Garden Show. Thank you to Lynette Stavros for inviting us to do a small display! The theme of the show was “Gardens Make the World Go Round”. Our job was to showcase different types of container plantings. First, students had individual assignments to draw a conceptual plan for the 8′ x 8′ space. This was by Jim Ott.
Next, Jessica Medrano:
and finally Jenny Chan’s vision:
Then we had to figure out how to mesh and harmonize everyone’s ideas, and come up with something we could build and set up in a couple of classes. We stuck with the ’rounds’ and its variations, and got to work. Glen McCullough created our garden spirit:
Jessica played drums:
The centerpiece of our design was a big pizza made of rounds! Rounds of bamboo, agave, birch, cypress and terra cotta. Plants are aeoniums, aloes, echeverias and sedums.
This is the setup crew that got it done. Go team! (From left to right: Jenny Chan, Sungmoon Ryu, Laura Giachetti, Cristina Gebrych, and Jessica Medrano)
After the garden show we were pretty tired, so we took a rest. Then, we started back up and drew some landscape plans for a parklet at a local SF elementary school. This garden by Kim Fraser would be a paradise for little kids wandering out of the classrooms to go to recess:
Sungmoon had a different plan in mind. Wow!
As part of our design class we always do a little bit of design and build. This is to create the feedback loop that allows designers to be gardeners, and to understand the forces at work outdoors. For a garden to grow and prosper, the designer must know their plants and rocks, their neighborhoods and soils. There are too many sad and ugly gardens around town where the designer or architect never experienced dirty fingernails.
After the maintenance class dug out an old New Zealand flax, I did not want to throw out the leaves. Let’s try it for thatch? Here they are, on our cloud garden shack, woven into a framework of bamboo:
A little while later, ta da! Epic!