My final week at SWH has come and gone. I had a fantastic time working with Steve and Genya in the office. They were fantastic help throughout my time there and were always willing to help me and teach me as questions arose. I had the opportunity to finally set into some of the Talahi Park revitalization drawing as we now have the survey and time. The first take that Steve had me work on was something along the lines of the original formal design with some alterations for a more pleasing palette of plants and open space for users. The design would make use of the common triangle and diamond patterns which one would see in Naive American quilts. The Subdivision originally had elements which were designed from the once inhabiting Native Americans in the area before westerns settled the land. The interior spaces of the hedges would be planted with tulips which originally decorated the space in the original design. In keeping with the theme currently in the circle and the Talahi/Sequoyah Hills neighborhood, the trees would be dogwoods. While not my favorite tree, it serves as a understory height tree which would not compete with the vertical dominance of the obelisk piece on the fountain. Seating would be placed offset between trees. In order to provide for some topographical variation, the ground would rise up from the road and peak at the tree line, then slope back to grade with the fountain. This would create a lounging area in the shade for those who would like to watch the fountain and enjoy their time outdoors. The vertical climb on the roadside would also elevate the boxwood parterre and tulips in such a manner to be fully visible to those driving by. Additionally, this berm like effect would separate those in the circle from the traffic. Other portions of the park were developed to represent the original design intent as well as the desires of those currently looking to restore the park.
While I'll miss working at SWH, I am ready to jump back into studies and continue the knowledge building from last year. So...here we go!