The Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University sought to develop a collection of nonrosaceous shrubs, evergreen shrubs, and woody vines within its world-famous botanical displays. This new shrub and vine collection offers curators expanded research materials, while allowing visitors to observe growth, habit, and culture for nearly 150 species. The plan also accommodates a pavilion for special events, outdoor classes, and quiet recreation. The plan consists of three acres with a gentle north-facing slope that rises more than thirty feet. The solution employs a system of terraces to provide level ground for cultivation and establishes several orders of progression so that plantings can be organized by genera and habitat. The result is a unique organic parterre that expresses the order of traditional botanical displays, plant culture, and the shape of the site.
Team: Maryann Thompson Architect; Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Regulatory/Environmental Consultants