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Portfolio Landscape Architecture




Jamie McArdle

February 2018


Jamie McArdle

“We are the children of our landscape; it dictates behavior and even thought in the measure to which we are responsive to it.” - Lawrence Durrell

Photo: Dave Brenner, SNRE photographer

About Me I am a recent graduate from the University of Michigan’s Landscape Architecture and Behavior, Education and Communication programs at the School of Natural Resources and Environment (now School of Environment and Sustainability). I entered the field from healthcare where I observed many skilled nursing facility residents struggle for opportunities to interact with nature. This experience inspired an interest in projects that improve the human experience while fostering better ecological functioning. I believe we can transform human health, interpersonal relationships and even economies by improving the functioning of the physical environment. My future goals look to combine my interest in design and desire to provide community education and development opportunities with my experience in healthcare and customer service. Ideally I will find an opportunity that views landscape through each of these lenses.

Table of Contents 3 Resume 4-5

Disney Design Project - Magic Kingdom’s Town Square


Saline Recreation Center at Teft Park


Eastover Elementary School Sensory Garden


Mott Children’s Hospital Memorial Grove


Warrendale Future Scenario - Green Lace


Valles Caldera Trail and Interpretive Signage Design


Internship Experiences


Current Jekyll Island Authority Projects

Condensed Resume Design Work Experiences


Landscape Planning Consultant Coordinator: Tawas United Methodist Church Tawas City, MI (remote) October 2017 -Present

University of Michigan - School of Natural Resources and Environment Master of Landscape Architecture/Master of Science in Behavior, Education, and Communication 2017 Wayne State University -School of Social Work Bachelor of Social Work 2010

Landscape Architect Intern: Jekyll Island Authority Jekyll Island, GA May 2017- July 2017



Student Chapter of American Society of Landscape Architects: Vice President University of Michigan May 2016 - April 2017

Ecological Design Site Analysis Grading and Site Engineering Site Survey and Measurement Topiary Design and Care

Summer Design Intern: English Gardens Landscape Co. Pontiac, MI April 2016 - August 2016

Hand Rendering Public Presentation Crisis Intervention Event Planning and Oversight Case/Project Management Customer Service



(Irrigation) Special Projects Technician: Jekyll Island Authority Jekyll Island, GA January 2018 - Present

Research Assistant: University of Michigan, Professor MaryCarol Hunter Ann Arbor, MI October 2014 - April 2017

Professional Horticulture Intern: Disney’s Horticulture - WDW Parks and Resorts Adobe Creative Suite Photoshop Buena Vista, FL May 2015 -August 2015

Community Education Experiences Student Chapter of American Society of Landscape Architects: Vice President University of Michigan May 2016 - April 2017 Education Chair: Tawas United Methodist Church Tawas City, MI September 2012 - August 2014 Social worker: Iosco Medical Care Facility Tawas City, MI September 2011 – August 2014 Nurturing Families Educator: AuSable Valley CMH Services/DHS Tawas City, MI September 2011 – August 2014 Promotion and Education Chair: Iosco County Farm Bureau Iosco County, MI November 2011 – November 2014 Summer Youth Intern: Canton Friendship Church Canton, MI June 2008 - August 2008 Intern Site Manager: Maybury Elementary Communities in Schools Detroit, MI January 2009 – May 2009

Illustrator InDesign

3-D Modeling and Layout SketchUp AutoCAD 2017 ESRI ArcGIS Microsoft Office Suite Excel Word PowerPoint Outlook

Licensed Bachelor Social Worker - State of Michigan Private Pilot - Federal Aviation Administration Chauffeur’s Endorsement - State of Michigan Cycle Endorsement - State of Michigan Toro Equipment Operations - The Toro Company ServSafe Certification - National Restaurant Administration

Statistical Analysis R SPSS




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Disney Design Project Magic Kingdom’s Town Square Walt Disney set out to duplicate his memories of his hometown in his amusement parks. The town square upon entry of Disneyland and Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom have a MiddleAmerican town square aesthetic. Over the years the Magic Kingdom Town Square flagpole beds have lost some of the small town center park feel as they have been planted with block plantings. This planting layout was requested by the park manager to restore the small town park aesthetic to a layered planting more in line with Disney’s original theme. The new plantings also needed to help screen the large speaker boxes installed for the park’s public address system. The spring plantings are highlighted in this excerpt.

Installed Block Planting Style Photos: mine June 5, 2015

Disney Land Magic Kingdom, October 1, 1971 Photo: J.Spence on

Existing Magic Kingdom Town Square Flagpole Planting Beds Plan Walt Disney World Imagineer Archives

Proposed Plant Table - Spring Excerpt

Planting Plan Regatta Marine Blue Lobelia (650) Pinks (200) African Bush Daisy (310) Dwarf Sweet Viburnum (4)

African Bush Daisy (230)

Dwarf Sweet Viburnum (6)

Dwarf Sweet Viburnum (7)

Regatta Marine Blue Lobelia (700) Pinks (175)

Regatta Marine Blue Lobelia (650)

Regatta Marine Blue Lobelia (150)

Pinks (175)

African Bush Daisy (30) Pinks (75)

Pristine Flora Zoysia (105 sf)

African Bush Daisy (125) Pristine Flora Zoysia (95 sf)

Crepe Myrtle (1)

Crepe Myrtle (1) Regatta Marine Blue Lobelia (650) Regatta Marine Blue Lobelia (650)

Pinks (175) African Bush Daisy (125)

Pinks (175) African Bush Daisy (125)

Pristine Flora Zoysia (125sf) Crepe Myrtle (1)

Dwarf Sweet Viburnum (6)

Dwarf Sweet Viburnum (6)

Pristine Flora Zoysia (85 sf)

Crepe Myrtle (1)


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Saline Recreation Center at Teft Park B1

This project looks to redesign the Saline Recreation Center at Teft Park in Saline, Michigan. An aquatics center including an outdoor competition lap and diving pool as well as a children’s pool attraction are added to the center’s amenities. Oudolf style matrix planting beds are scattered throughout the park to provide some consistency in park aesthetics as well as improve seasonal interest. The project excerpts shown here display the matrix plantings near the aquatics center entrance as well as construction details and grading changes necessary for the center to be universally accessible.

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Brown Eyed Susan Rudbeckia triloba Wild Quinine Parthenium integrifolium Purple Lovegrass Eragrpstis spectabilis plan for the Aquatic Center Entrance Sunset Coneflower Echinacea purpurea 'Sunset'

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Above the planting is the historical Scatter grasslandsS1 found in the Saline area. This pattern is repeated throughout the site in feature plantings. The specific plants E2 Ornamental Onion Allium giganteum 0.75 0.5625 1 13 13 13 13 and pairings were chosen to minimize maintenance work, provide interest throughout the year, and encourage wildlife. Hello YellowOnion Asclepias tuberosa 'Hello Yellow' 0.75 1.5 2.25 S2 Ornamental Allium giganteum 0.5625 10.3 5154 546.2 521 5 Below an S3 excerpt from theyweed planting block table details specific quantities and Butterfl Drumstick Allium Allium Sphaerocephalon 0.75plant combinations, 0.5625 1 7 7 planting 7 instructions. 7 S4 S5 Block S6 F S7 A1 S8 B2 S9 S10 Scatter B1 S1 S11 S2 S12 S3 C1 Matrix S4 M1 S5 S6 D1 M2 S7 S8 E1

Red Fox Speedwell Drumstick Allium Cotton Onion Clouds Moss Prairie Common Name Phlox Prairie Onion Lemon Merangue Blue Wonder Nepta Baptista Little Bluestem First Lady Speedwell Lemon Merangue

Baptista Sideoats Brown Smoke Eyed Susan Purple Baptista Purple Lovegrass New England Aster Purple Smoke Baptista Ornamental Onion Brown Eyed Susan Yellow Star Grass Ornamental Onion Purple Lovegrass Yellow Star Allium Grass Drumstick Drumstick Allium Button Snake-root Shenandoah Prairie Onion Blue Sage Switchgrass Prairie Onion Shenandoah Lemon Merangue Wild Quinine Switchgrass Baptista Sunset Coneflower Lemon Merangue

Veronica spicata 'Red Fox' Allium Sphaerocephalon Phlox subulata 'Cotton Candy' Allium Stellatum Botanical Name Allium Stellatum Baptista 'Lemon Meringue' Nepta racemosa 'Blue Wonder' Schizachyrium scoparium Veronica'Lemon spicata Meringue' 'First Lady' Baptista

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Boutelous curtipendula Rudbeckia triloba Baptista 'Purple Smoke' Eragrpstis spectabilis Symphyotrichum novae-angliae Baptista 'Purple Smoke' Allium giganteum Rudbeckia triloba Hypoxis hirsuta Allium giganteum Eragrpstis spectabilis Hypoxis hirsuta Allium Sphaerocephalon Allium Sphaerocephalon Eryngium yuccifolium Panicum virgatum 'Shenandoah' Allium Stellatum Salvia azurea var. grandiflora Allium Stellatum Panicum virgatum 'Shenandoah' Baptista 'Lemon Meringue' Parthenium integrifolium Echinacea purpurea 'Sunset' Baptista 'Lemon Meringue'

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Construction Documents

Significant earthmoving work is required to for accessible walkways from the Aquatic Center to the South Ball Diamonds. The Grading Plan Zoom above illustrates this with the proposed contours in black hashed lines and the existing in gray. To the top right the detail for the ADA Spa entry illustrates the considerations throughout the site for universally accessible features, including spa and pool entries, walkways, and access to leisure terraces. Bottom right,the detail for the retaining walls on the terraced hill provides a different perspective for the earth work that makes this park universally accessible as well as providing interesting foundations for the planting design features.

Ornamental Onion (purple)

Ornamental Onion (blue)

Drumstick Allium

New England Aster

Side Oats

Little Bluestem

Shenandoah Switchgrass

Eastover Elementary Sensory Garden Eastover Elementary School in West Bloomfield, Michigan has a specialized focus on environmental issues. As part of their efforts to supplement the standard curriculum with outdoor learning, an inner courtyard has been designated to be used for a sensory garden. The garden design focuses on the five senses. Although students are not encouraged to taste the plants, edible varieties are included. By stimulating the senses, the garden provides restoration for depleted attention faculties. Students are stimulated through touch, sight, smell, and the sound of rustling plants and garden animals. Spring and Fall interest was prioritized to allow students to experience the garden in peak seasons. *Project contributer: Ashley Dickerson Project advisor: Professor MaryCarol Hunter

Sight Photos


Engelberg Sensory Path

Natural Learning Initiative

Owlsmoor Primary School

Children’s Stepping Stones

Sensory Stimulation Plants to Touch Touch plants offer interesting textures. Some, like the moss are hardy enough for intermittent foot traffic.

Plants to Smell Fragrant plants offer a variety of aromas. Many common herbs are often used for essential oils or cooking.

Plants to Hear Noise plants make noise. The wind rustles through the leaves, and fronds or rattles seed heads. Birds and insects may also be attracted to these plants

Plants to See Plants stimulating sight offer interesting shapes and bright colors. These plants attract birds and pollinators.

Garden Design

Mott Children’s Hospital Memorial Grove The memorial tree grove at Mott Children’s Initial Site Photos Hospital in Ann Arbor, Michigan will be installing a piece of sculptural art along with a revitalization of the enclosed planting area that highlights the existing memorial trees. This area is visible from the cafeteria, but patients do not have access to the garden. Glimpses of the sculpture will also be visible when looking from the street into the sunken garden. This project adds color and seasonal interest that helps to inspire the imagination of the young patients and their families. The whimsy of the sculptural piece is reflected in the drifts and sporadic clumps of seasonal perennials.

Monkeys in the Grove from Cafeteria Window

Playful Scenes The sculpture and plantings of the Memorial Grove aim to bring whimsy and fun to the hospital’s young patients and families. The scene is meant to inspire the imagination of the children and encourage their sense of play.






Warrendale Future Scenario - Green Lace This project looks at opportunities for the Detroit neighborhood of Warrendale to utilize vacant lots to infiltrate stormwater where it lands. By installing public bioretention gardens and encouraging private measures to infiltrate water, the project promotes a layered approach to managing stormwater. In addition to stormwater management, the bioretention gardens and native plantings that make up the “Green Lace” within the neighborhood gives new life to this struggling neighborhood. The aesthetic improvements in the outdoor spaces created by the bioretention parklets and pollinator borders encourage people to connect with their neighbors. These areas also provide habitat for pollinators and songbirds that foster greater connections with nature.

Context and Analysis

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Community input was used to adapt best practice models. Community feedback continues to be solicited for Warrendale designs. The Detroit Water and Sewage Department is currently a major driving force behind new policies, which are triggering emphatic responses from residents. Design projects like the metro studio offer residents the opportunity to explore their individual options as well as band together to implement community/city-wide initiatives.

Green Gauge Elements Water Infiltration

Alternative Energy

Runoff Filtration

Public Access

Stormwater is directed to a vegetated depression where it can slowly infiltrate into the ground water. Particulates and some other contaminants are filtered by the vegetation and soil. Water features in commercial areas can run stormwater runoff through a filtration system that removes impurities from the water. This water can be used for interactive features or remain a passive element.

Replacement of traditional energy consumption with alternative sources reduces the reliance on fossil fuels and addresses a source of pollution

Native plants and layered plantings provide diverse opportunities for food and shelter. Pollinator populations in particular are well suited to urban areas. Birds and butterflies add to the aesthetic appeal of the neighborhood.

Water Collection and Reuse

Stormwater is collected from rooftops or direct rainfall for use in new build gray water facilities or irrigation. The water may be held and released for infiltration during dry periods. Decorative collection units can add to aesthetic value.

Habitat Value

Healthy neighborhoods support human, plant, and animal life by creating diverse opportunities for food and shelter. Pollinator populations in particular are well suited to urban areas. Birds and butterflies add to the aesthetic appeal of the neighborhood.

Plant Selection

Native plants and layered plantings provide a complete natural experience that draws the eye as much as it provides habitat support. The system is well adjusted to the climate, requiring less maintenance.

Aesthetic Appeal

Plants and materials can increase comfort and draw people into businesses. Plantings and structures moderate temperatures, decrease harsh winds, and provide comfortable outdoor spaces.

2020 Phase 1 Concept Layout

2040 Completed Concept Layout

Bioretention Gardens

A forest-meadow buffer (section right) provides habitat for birds and small mammals, filters and cools air, reduces the wind tunnel effect on the Southfield Freeway, and lessens noises. Water can collect and infiltrate away from homes. Bioretention gardens (sections top) are based on NEW-GI pilot gardens in Warrendale. Residential gardens are below grade with above ground pooling while commercial gardens are closer to grade with more underground storage for infiltration. Above, perspectives show what these gardens may look like within the neighborhood fabric.

Experiential Representations Early Block Pattern Sketch

Final Block Pattern Representations

Note: Drawing does not include binding ends at left center margin and begins again at right center margin. Service Road width (interrupted section) is 30 feet.

Valles Caldera National Preserve Day Use Trail and Interpretive Signage Design Valles Caldera Site Photos National Preserve is one of the newest national park properties. Located in north-central New Mexico in the Jemez Mountains, the property offers diverse habitats, including a large alpine prairie and an old growth Ponderosa Pine stands. Wildlife is abundant on the preserve. From the Jemez Salamander to the Mexican Spotted Owl to Elk and Bear, the preserve is home to a great variety of animals. The human history of the preserve extends back over 10,000 years. Obsidian artifacts allude to archaic use of the preserve while its In addition to an extensive literature and precedent review, we completed semi-structured interview with staff to identify more recent ranching history areas to highlight or designate for improvement. This was the primary basis for interpretive themes. Designation of trails is evident in the preserve’s combined information from these interviews as well as GIS data and on-site experiences. built features. In order for visitors to better enjoy the preserve, this project created a more legible trail and interpretive program for areas in the designated day use areas of the preserve.

Design Process and Inputs

*Project contributer: Yun Liu Project advisor: Professor Mark Lindquist


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The La Jara trail system offers a variety of trail difficulty and representative experiences for the preserve. Visitors are able to sample the landformations, rich human history and diverse habitats of the preserve in this easily accessible trail system.

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A terrace style stabilization method for the gravel pit int he northeast quadrant of La Jara mitigates erosion from harvest of fill materials while providing a functional space for special events. Utilizing local materials and aesthetics helps the amphitheater to fit into the landscape when not in use. Terraces along the cut banks provide seating areas that can host different scale events with the use of different sections of the theater. Native plantings and flowering cultivars planted in the vegetated terraces improve aesthetics and provide habitat as well as water infiltration.




Borrow Pit Events

Coral Gilla

Yellow Owl-Clover

Interpretive Material Examples of Interpretive Material

Trailhead Kiosks (far left)provide general information about the trail system. Trailside interpretive panels (top middle) give context and educational information related to the trail experience. The trail companion for La Jara (middle left) allows visitors to refer back to previous points of interest and track their preserve experiences. Trailside locators (above) help to direct visitors along the trail.

Hierarchy of Signs

A consistent signage system helps visitors to navigate the Preserve. Clear road signs designating visitor areas and blockades to restricted areas help to prevent traffic in sensitive areas. Trailside signage and interpretive programs also provide platforms to present educational information.

Internship Experiences Opportunities to conceptualize design projects, present solidified ideas and install and maintain existing projects during internship experiences has helped me to hone valuable skills. As a Professional Horticulture Intern with Walt Disney World Parks and Resorts it gained valuable plant and maintenance experience. Specialty skills included hand pollination, topiary care, and aquatic gardens. I also encountered performance trial gardens. While at English Gardens Landscape Co., I was able to advance my hand rendering skills. I was also able to take part in a marketing and sales seminar. My internship work with Jekyll Island Authority gave me opportunity to enforce conservation initiatives, produce ideas for modern accommodations to historic sites, and enhance existing amenities. I was also been able to learn surveying techniques.

Disney’s Horticulture

English Garden Landscape Company

The Sausage Tree is native to Africa and pollinated by a bat that does not appear in central Florida. It must be hand pollinated to produce fruit.

The aesthetics of the reflecting pool in the China Pavilion are closely maintained with thinning of aquatic plants.

Small topiaries like this one are meticulously trained plants. Larger topiaries are composed of plants woven into metal frames.

Michigan Green Industry Award Entries Designer: Valerie Tarquini

Jekyll Island Authority Shade Enhancement for Children’s Waterpark Attraction

Clearing Violation Restoration

A permit must be obtained to clear any vegetation on the island due to its status as a state park. Special protection is given to the shoreline area to provide a storm buffer and preserve habitat areas. Violations of these conservation measures are required to implement mitigation efforts.

Shade structures are to be added to the children’s pool at the water park. Special attention is paid to the “shark” theme by specifying a shark tooth tabby for the foundations and new concrete to be added.

Shade Enhancement for Children’s Waterpark Attraction

The Jekyll Island Museum is slated to undergo renovations (pavilion concept at right), requiring a temporary visitors center to be housed at this historic Pulitzer home. To be accessible to buses, the landscaping requires some temporary modifications including a bus pull out lane. During the course of site survey, it was also found some adjustments needed to be made to the entrance ramp to better comply with ADA standards. The existing survey was taken in the field and used as the basis for the adjustments in the proposed grade.

Current Jekyll Island Authority Projects I have been able to Previous Reforestation Focus continue work with Jekyll 2017 Captain Wylly Reforestation and Beautification Master Plan Island Authority beyond my internship. This has afforded me the opportunity to follow up on my previous design projects as well as adjust ongoing projects and programs to better respond to current conditions. Between my internship time and my return to the island, Hurricane Irma Jekyll Island Reforestation caused serious damage to the Expanded Program island. Hundreds of trees were lost in the storm, dunes and beaches were washed out and shifted, and island amenities were damaged. The Jekyll Island Reforestation Program was reviewed and expanded to include storm damaged areas. Volunteer projects were focused on reforestation efforts and making the best use of emergency resources. SummerWaves water park sustained little damage and was able to focus on the second phase of shade structures for Sharktooth Bay.

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Schedule of Reforestation Crew Start Date


Residential Right-of-way

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Cpt. Wylly Connector

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GA Forestry Grant Project

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Cpt. Wylly 1

Crape Myrtle Ribbon

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Seedling Plantings: Riverview and Shell Roads

JIA Landscape and Jekyll Rotary


2018 Seedling Plantings

Golf Course Entryway

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Historic District Master Plan

JIA Landscape Architecture Interns 2018

May 2018

2018 Master Plan

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Installed of Connector Phase As Planted Illustrative Plan

SummerWaves: Sharktooth Bay Shade Structures Detailed Phase II Plan with Continuous Retaining Wall

Installation Photos

Connector Path Option

Addition of shade umbrellas to the front area of the Sharktooth Bay children’s attraction allows for enhancements to the existing landscape beds and hardscape features such as a retaining wall and specimen shark teeth.

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Jamie McArdle LBSW, MLArch/MS

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