Sunday, April 18, 2010

Garden Path-Ology

Canandaigua Botanical Society President, Peggy Kane, introduces FLCC Horticulture Instructor, Rochelle Smith.

Rochelle Smith gave a wonderful presentation on GARDEN PATH-OLOGY with several photographic examples from the Niagara Falls area and the Royal Botanical Gardens in Burlington, Ontario, Canada. Following are Laura's (rough) notes from the presentation:

GARDEN PATH-OLOGY

PURPOSE

Invite people to go somewhere, Allow or Control access to the garden (for people or wheelbarrow access?), Protect frequently traveled routes, Direct the view, Protect the gardens, Control opportunities (Patio or Path?), Offer Options (seating in shade), PLEASURE.

MATERIALS

The Beaten Path (compacted ground), Off the Beaten Path, Mulch, Turf (who will mow it? How wide is your mower?!), Wood (plastic wood), gravel, concrete pavers, natural stone pavers, asphalt, pattern stamped concrete.

DESIGN INFLUENCES

Control the views, Focal Points, Style (formal, informal)

PLANNING TIPS

Path Width, Curves (add interest/intrigue), Straight (long focal points, formal), Steps vs. Stairs, Keeping it level, Keeping it ALL level.

OTHER TIPS

Drainage around stones and pavers, Foundation!!!, Drainage around turf, drainage around mulch and beaten earth (simple path over stream), Dealing with weeds - install properly, (10% clorox)

WHO WILL USE YOUR PATH?!!?

PS: Rochelle Smith is looking for a nice 1 or 2 bedroom rental in Canandaigua beginning June/July. If you know of any rentals please contact CanandaiguaBotanical@gmail.com and Laura will pass the message to Rochelle.


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