Design Charrette Process for Herbaceous Garden Entrance

Overview
A design charrette is a collaborative process to solve a problem and usually involves small groups over the course of a couple of days. In the UDBG Herbaceous Garden Entrance Redesign, three (3) landscape designers were invited to present ideas on their vision for a redesign for the Herbaceous Garden Entrance. Each designer spent a day at the garden studying and sketching the site, and interviewing and visiting with stakeholders: Plant & Soil Science students and faculty, CANR and UDBG staff. Six students participated in the process through discussions and ‘shadowing’ of the designers. In the second session, stakeholders, including UDBG Friends members and the UDBG Board of Advisors, were invited to participate while each of the firms presented their ideas.

Project Scope
Suggest ideas for the hardscape/physical structure for the front of the Herbaceous Garden along Roger Martin Lane. Design must incorporate handicap accessible entrance into the garden; entice and direct visitors to enter the garden; and facilitate pedestrian movement between the Color Trial Garden, Herbaceous Garden, and Native Garden (Lepidoptera Trail).

Physical constraints

Result
The selection of the final concept will be based on the input of presentation attendees, college representatives, and garden staff. Working with UDBG, the firm with the chosen design will develop construction drawings and cost estimates for the completion of the project.