This project began with the preparation of a master plan by Lutsko Associates in 1997, conceptualizing 23 distinct gardens spread throughout this 45 acre meadow and forest site overlooking the Humboldt Bay. In 2001 the clients, a non-profit organization of dedicated community boosters, had raised enough funds to begin detailed design and construction. While employed at Lutsko Associates Landscape Architects, I seved as project manager and oversaw the updating of the master plan and the development of detailed schematic designs for 10 of the gardens, followed by construction documents.
The clients envision this garden as a major attraction for coastal Northern California, an artfully designed garden that not only functions to display plant collections, but also serves as a public park, gathering place, and setting for outdoor sculpture. The gardens are organized along a main circulation axis and are designed as a carefully orchestrated sequence of spaces with distinct edges, gateways, and connective theme plantings. The garden is being built in phases and there are now several complete gardens open to the public.