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:
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.
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.
Control the views, Focal Points, Style (formal, informal)
Path Width, Curves (add interest/intrigue), Straight (long focal points, formal), Steps vs. Stairs, Keeping it level, Keeping it ALL level.
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.