A yearly tradition is to have LA 101 Landscape Architecture students come to the garden to work on a project entitled Revealing the Landscape. The students are asked to find a place|space in the garden to reveal through temporary installation|interventions. It gives the students a chance to work in the field, handling and building with temporary materials at 1:1 scale. The projects will remain up in the garden until Monday, October 24th.
Revealing the Landscape is the first project for the Department of Landscape Archictecture and Environmental Planning's summer program, (In)land. Working in teams of two, the students develop temporary interventions/installations throughout the garden. A majority of the projects will be up in the garden until Wednesday, July 13th. Some of the projects are about phenomena or experiences that are difficult to capture with still images, and are not included in this post. This is one of the projects that is difficult to capture in a still image. This short video shows the result of two mirrors underwater capturing the sunlight at 2:00 and projecting it on the side of a redwood tree. [media id=28 width=320 height=240] Download the PDF of the project description HERE: blake_inland_descrip_2011.pdf
Artist Geoffery Ansel Agrons photographed some of the (In)land student's Revealing the Landscape intervention/installations.
After several weeks of processing a log from a stone pine tree that had come down in the garden, students, Rebecca Ewing, Katherine Jensen, Jenika Johnson, Robin Kim, and Lauren Knight from U.C. Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning Dept. Detail and Materials in Landscape Construction class, installed their beautiful bench in the formal section of the garden.
The old location we have for the bees is collapsing. We are building a new site with the work of staff, volunteers, and the EDSET student interns from Albany high school on the east side of the creek. An area was cleared of invasive blackberries, concrete pavers were set in the ground for a platform for the bee boxes, a small bridge was built for the beekeeper Chris Bauer to access the hives. And steps made from the stone pine that came down recently were set into the slope.
The Japanese have a saying that goes something like: "three minds make a genius". The compost sifting structure was originally conceptualized by one our last years EDSET interns, Miguel, from Albany high School. This spring, Danny (one of our workstudy students) and Kochi, both undergraduate students from the Landscape Architecture Construction Materials and Build class developed the idea and built the structure from hand hewn redwood branches from the garden. Later 9th graders Biology students from El Cerrito High School tested it out by producing wheel barrows of compost for the garden. The structure works great and we are producing coarsely and finely sifted compost. By having such a direct hands on experience with the material students and volunteers are seeing how and what breaks down in the composting process.
U.C. undergraduate students from William Berry's 2010 ES 125 class, Bay Area Landscapes, returned to the garden a year later to check on the planting they had done in the wetland as a hands on experiential learning project. It's a success, with most all of the plants surviving, the invasive species reduced and tadpoles swimming amongst the bulrushes and cattails planted in the pool.
UC Masters of Landscape Architecture Students, Rebecca Ewing, Katherine Jensen, Jenika Johnson, Robin Kim, and Lauren Knight, in the LA 121 Detail and Materials in Landscape Construction Class, instructed by Bruce Jett and GSI Darryl Jones are a team working on the project that is using the stone pine that recently came down in the garden. Several of the students are removing the bark with a spoke shave, squaring up the log and then hand hewing with a broad axe. Another group of students are processing the materials off site for the legs of the bench.
We are restoring one of the planting beds in front of the house. Over time perennial plants & shrubs have died out and other plants from the garden (self-starters) with the help of birds,etc had moved in. It is time for an update and a chance to recharge the soil with nutrients. Dawn Kooyumjian, one of our staff gardeners led the group with a new design and newly purchased plants from the nursery. But first we removed all the plants to loosen the soil and remove old roots, etc. Then we mixed our own compost that we make on site from garden debris with a manure charged amendment, and added this mixture to the reworked beds. Next, the plants were laid out according to the planting design sketch. The plants were then planted by our crew of workstudy students & volunteers and watered in.