This two acre park is tucked into the South Waterfront development, a gentle respite from the glass towers rising all around it. You can see it from a landscape architect’s point of view here and learn about its namesake here by scrolling down to Anna B’s comments. But first, lets just stroll around and see what there is to see.
At the southern end of the park there are swales spanned by plank bridges in sweeping curves.
My first impression was of all native plantings, but in fact there are some non-natives worked in to better serve the design.
These birches are a case in point.
I can’t imagine this scene without them.
Benches have been worked in here and there, each in a style appropriate to its surroundings. Here the bridge planks have been extended to keep sitters out of the flow of foot traffic.
Heading North, you can see the wedge-shaped berm creating a grassy clearing at the center of the park.
Looking back at the berm from the far side, you can see that the plant material and style of planting has changed.
Mass plantings of Cistus (no signage mars the scheme, so my minimal info will have to suffice).
Long borders of red twig dogwood
…must be equally striking once the branches are bare.
Here’s a long border of grasses fronted by liriope.
On this northern end of the park, the paths are made of crushed decomposed granite.
The fountain was not operational on this day, but each of those (rubber) pads has a spout. I can imagine it will be a powerful draw on sunny, hot days.
Liriope used alone.
One of several styles of lamps, with the tram in the distance. I want to visit this park sometime after dark to see the effect of the lighting.
…and again on a windy day to hear the music
Not all benches look the part.
Even the trash cans get the royal treatment. Let me leave you with a few shots of the featured plants and invite you to check out this park at 3508 SW Moody Ave if you find yourself in the neighborhood.