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Smicksburg Park: Gateway Garden


Smicksburg Park: Gateway Garden

Layout Options


Option A The layout of Option A is an organic shaped planting bed arranged around the two existing signs for the park. A 4 foot path divides the planting area into two separate beds. Interpretive signage along the path will include the historical map of the town, history of the old town and a memorial piece for Wendy Stahlman. In addition, there will be a 5’ walk along the existing park spaces. The existing rock barrier will be incorporated with the design of the walk.

Walk

Native Plantings Entrance

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Option B The layout of Option B has a similar shape as Option A but overall square footage is less. The path in Option B opens up into a seating area. Circular benches hug the lower left hand side while a 3-panel interpretive display is on the upper right hand side. A small 5’ planting bed is incorporated in the middle of the seating place. This is a small herb garden grown in memory of former resident, Wendy Stahlman. The herbs will be maintain by the residents as well as picking them for personal use.

Seating Area Signage

Memorial Garden Plantings Entrance

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Option C

Seating Area Signage

The layout of Option C is a slightly modified version of Option B. Option C has the addition cut off standing area to view the 3-panel interpretive signage. This layout gives a little more room to circulate throughout the space.

Memorial Garden Plantings Entrance

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Smicksburg Park: Gateway Garden

Style of Gardens


Style of Garden: Native Planting The concept for this space began by embracing a nature-influenced design style that utilized such features as organic lines, native plant communities, habitat zones and sustainable principles. A naturalistic garden recreates the spontaneous feeling of plants as they appear in nature. Native plants are defined as plants that are indigenous to a certain geographical region. These plants will thrive with very little maintenance as well as provide wildlife habitat. Asclepias spp. (Milkweed) is a nectar source for many species of butterflies however it is a host plant to the Monarch butterfly.

The Amelanchier canadensis blooms in early Spring. This tree inherited it’s common name, Serviceberry due to its early bloom time. These flower clusters were an indication that the ground had thawed and the early settlers could bury their dead.

This combination of native plants are inviting to wildlife.

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Style of Garden: Time Period Piece The idea of a time period garden would be to mimic the gardens that once thrived in late . A lush, low boxwood hedge would edge the borders of the garden and around the seating space. With the boxwood walls, flowers would bloom from early spring (bulbs) to late fall (perennials). Knockout Roses and Peonies would also be included. This style would represent the variety of plants for this time period not the town itself. Hemerocallis and Narcissus are both featured in the design and can be still seen today blooming within the park. Boxwood hedges create a border for perennials.

Peonies and Irises flourish in this perennial bed.

Bird’s eye view of a formal garden layout.

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Smicksburg Park: Gateway


Smicksburg Park: Gateway Garden

Option Styles


Option A Native Planting

Time Period Piece

Legend

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Existing Walk

Lawn

Shrubs

Memorial

Perennials

Hedge

Walk

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Option B Native Planting

Time Period Piece

Legend

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Existing Walk

Lawn

Shrubs

Memorial

Perennials

Hedge

Walk

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Option C Native Planting

Time Period Piece

Legend

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Existing Walk

Lawn

Shrubs

Memorial

Perennials

Hedge

Walk

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Smicksburg Park: Gateway Garden

Suggested Option


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Planting Plan: Native Option 5’ Shrubs 4’ Shrubs 3’ Shrubs 2’ Perennials

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Planting Material: Native Option Flowering Tree Options Botanical Name

Common Name

Cultivar

Amelanchier x grandiflora Cornus florida Magnolia virginiana

Apple Serviceberry Flowering Dogwood Sweetbay Magnolia

Botanical Name

Hydrangea arborescens Ilex glabra

Height

Spread

Bloom Color

Bloom Time

Fall Color

Autumn Brilliance 20-25' 20' Cherokee Princess 15' 15' Henry Hicks 20-25' 20'

White White White

Early April Mid May Mid June

Yellow Red Semi Evergreen

Common Name

Cultivar

Height

Spread

Bloom Color

Bloom Time

Fall Color

Smooth Hydrangea Inkberry Holly

Incrediball Shamrock

4-5' 3-5'

4-5' 3-5'

White N/A

June-September N/A

Evergreen

Botanical Name

Common Name

Cultivar

Height

Spread

Bloom Color

Bloom Time

Fall Color

Viburnum dentatum

Arrowwood Viburnum

Blue Muffin

4'

4'

White

Late May-Early June

Varies

Botanical Name

Common Name

Cultivar

Height

Spread

Bloom Color

Bloom Time

Fall Color

Cornus Sericea Abelia x grandiflora

Red-osier Dogwood Glossy Abelia

Kelseyi Little Richard

3-4' 3'

3-4' 3'

White White-Pink

Late May-Early June May-September

Purple-Red Semi Evergreen

Botanical Name

Common Name

Cultivar

Height

Spread

Bloom Color

Bloom Time

Baptisia Helenium Vernonia lettermanii

False Indigo Sneezeweed Ironweed

Solar Flare/Twilite 36" 36-48" Yellow or Purple Late Spring-Early Summer Mardi Gras 36-40" 24-36" Orange Mid Summer-Late Summer Iron Butterfly 30-36" 30-36" Purple Late Summer-Fall

Botanical Name

Common Name

Cultivar

Height

Spread

Bloom Color

Bloom Time

Achellia Coreopsis Echinacea Thermopsis chinensis Fragaria Geranium Hypericum calycinum

Yarrow Tickseed Purple Coneflower Peabush Oramental Strawberry Cranesbill Aaron's Beard

Summer Wine Sweet Dreams Hot Papaya Sophia Lipstick Rozanne

24" 18" 30-36" 18" 6-8" 15-18" 15-18"

24" 24" 24-36" 18" 12" 15-20" 24"

Dark Pink-Red Pink Shades Red-Orange Yellow Pink Blue-Purple Yellow

Late Summer Summer Summer Early Summer Spring-Early Summer, Fall Summer-Early Fall Summer

5' Shrub Options

4' Shrub Options

3' Shrub Options

3' Perennials

Perennials & Groundcover

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Planting Material: Native Option Images Shrubs

Ilex glabra

Viburnum dentatum

Cornus sericea

Abelia x grandfolia**

Achellia

Baptisia

Coreopsis

Echinacea

Helenium

Thermopsis chinensis**

Vernonia lettermanii

Fragaria

Geranium

Hypericum calycinum

Hydrangea arborescens

Perennials

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Planting Material: Tree and Bulb Images Trees

Amelanchier x grandifolia

Cornus florida

Magnolia

Allium neapolitanum

Allium ‘Purple Sensation’

Bellevalia pycnantha

Narcissus ‘Amadeus Mozart’

Nectaroscordum siculum

Bulbs

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Hycintus orientalis ‘Blue Eyes’

Muscari armeniacum

Smicksburg Park: Gateway


Smicksburg Park: Gateway Garden

Site Amentities


Site Amentities

Interpretive signage will be featured in 3 individual panels within the seating area. The panel will have visitors visualize and understand the significance of the park’s site location. In addition, the signage will also explain the function of the garden itself, a memorial for Wendy Stahlman.

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Site Amentities

Curved benches will provide seating for the memorial garden. Benches will be custom built to fit the size of the seating area and have a similar look to the Country Casual teak benches shown above.

For more of an informal approach, gravel paths with stone borders could be used for the gardens. Another option for hardscape would be a combination of concrete and dry laid stone/ paver or all stone/paver walk. The gardens will then be more accessible to the whole community as well as a way to raise money for the garden install. Stone or pavers can be dry laid with the intentions of having the pieces be engrave as donations come in.

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Smicksburg Park: The Stahlman Memorial Garden

Perspectives


Option C: Traditional

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ICPT Old Smicksburg Gateway Garden