Knoxville Botanical Gardens and Arboretum - Regional Landscape

Every place is unique. Every region has its own set of qualities which sets it aside from other regions across the United States. In project #2 we were required to look at and distill the qualities found in our region; the South Eastern United States. We were to then take this information and create a regional garden located on the grounds of the Knoxville Botanical Gardens and Arboretum.

I decided to question the program of creating a garden and see if it was possible to create an overall atmosphere within the existing gardens that would align it to the regional qualities. Would it be possible to create a large scale garden? I decided to give it a try. Through the process I asked myself multiple questions which teased out the qualities that one would use in designing a small scale garden and applied them to the larger property.

I designed a site which would convey the five distilled qualities that I observed in the region south of Seymour Tennessee. Each of these five qualities interacted with land in some way. The five qualities are Trees as screen, man’s structures and how they inhabit the land, man’s roads and how they travel through the land, the sky and how it meets the land, and water and how it travels through the land.

I sought to communicate the design process and final design through sketching, hand rendering with markers, hand rendering with Photoshop, photomanipulation, and diagramming. I had one process board for initial research and one final board for presentation.