Category Archives: Park Planner

Splash, Trickle, And Flow

Mistakes in design and installation give water features a mixed reputation, despite the fact they can provide valuable elements in landscaping. Several key issues are often overlooked during the conceptual phase by designers who may not understand the intricate patterns of flowing water, the limitations of mechanical components, or the complex environment of microorganisms living in water. This may result in future problems: Excessive waste of water Difficult installation Costly operation and maintenance. This article is intended to describe a … Continue reading

Posted in August 2013, Columns, Park Planner, Parks and Rec Business | Leave a comment

The “Mane” Attraction

Nine large granite lion heads were found
during site excavation work. Of those,
three were chosen to be used for the
new water feature at the park in Boston's Allston neighborhood.

It’s fairly difficult to miss seeing a lion, but it appears that several of these beasts were overlooked for quite some time before they were re-purposed and thrown into a Boston park to play with children. Did I mention they are made of granite? A water spray feature built by Harvard University now contains large, granite lion heads—items discarded and long forgotten until they were discovered during soil excavation work in Boston’s Allston neighborhood by university employees. Officials retrieved the … Continue reading

Posted in Columns, Issues, July 2013, Park Planner, Parks and Rec Business | Leave a comment

Made For The Shade

Brunnera “Jack Frost,” has bright, silver leaves and contrasting green veins. 
Photo Courtesy Of Walters Gardens

Often overlooked in designing gardens is the opportunity to develop striking visual interest in shady spots. Because most flowering plants prefer bright, sunny locations, it is often assumed that shaded areas will end up with uninspired swaths of deep, dark greens with little—if any—interesting features to tempt visitors. But there are wonderful choices of plants to include in shady nooks to spark interest and invite attention. Brunnera Macrophylla For a truly striking plant that can be seen from a distance … Continue reading

Posted in Columns, Issues, June 2013, Park Planner, Parks and Rec Business | Leave a comment