According to Dan, the goal of the design was to create an “ephemeral garden”, similar to a show garden such as Chaumont or Cornerstone where student design teams can implement their creations for public display from April through November. Placed in what is now known as the Example Garden, the PG Student Garden will occupy a 7,300 sq ft area with pathways to the surrounding gardens, an informal central plaza with stone seat wall for impromptu outdoor lectures and workshops, and plantings designed to frame the student’s work without competing for the attention of the visitor.
Ornamental plantings around the perimeter of the space are primarily native species intended to screen adjacent parking areas and to mitigate stormwater runoff through a vegetated swale and moisture tolerant plants such as Magnolia virginiana, Clethra alnifolia and Ilex verticillata.
The garden installation is underway and students should begin planting their creations in April 2010.To see images of the students and the designs they prepared for this garden, visit the W.D. Wells Fan Page album on Facebook.