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    UDC Green Infrastructure Interpretive Signs
  • Contee Parago Triangle Park
    Contee Parago Triangle Park
  • T Street
    T Street
  • Shepherd Street
    Shepherd Street
  • Jackson Place
    Jackson Place
  • East Windsor Avenue
    East Windsor Avenue
  • East Durham Street
    East Durham Street
  • David Lane
    David Lane
  • Cleveland Avenue
    Cleveland Avenue
  • Brink Road Cutting Garden
    Brink Road Cutting Garden
  • Baltimore Street
    Baltimore Street
  • University of the District of Columbia Guidebook
    University of the District of Columbia Guidebook
  • Taylor Street
    Taylor Street
  • Bristol Avenue
    Bristol Avenue
  • Landscape Training for Green Infrastructure
    Landscape Training for Green Infrastructure
  • LARC221 Digital Fundamentals
    LARC221 Digital Fundamentals
  • Piney Branch Road
    Piney Branch Road
  • Daisy Road
    Daisy Road
  • Reservoir Road
    Reservoir Road
  • Walhonding Road
    Walhonding Road
  • South Mansion Drive
    South Mansion Drive
  • Reno Road
    Reno Road
  • P Street
    P Street
  • Burning Tree Road
    Burning Tree Road
  • Lewisdale Elementary Rain Barrel Wraps
    Lewisdale Elementary Rain Barrel Wraps
  • Field of Greens Community Garden (University of Maryland)
    Field of Greens Community Garden (University of Maryland)
  • Barnaby Manor Elementary School Courtyard Classroom
    Barnaby Manor Elementary School Courtyard Classroom
  • Irving Street, NW
    Irving Street, NW
  • Shepherd Street
    Shepherd Street
  • Caraway Street
    Caraway Street
UDC Green Infrastructure Interpretive Signs

    Wasington, DC
    Job Size: Small
    Job Status: In the Works

    Storytelling through accessible and compelling imagery is how we prefer to share design ideas.  Thanks to the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, we designed graphics for interpretive signs to be constructed, and installed at (3) public sites across the District that demonstrate green infrastructure techniques in action.

    Design Tools: Adobe Suite
    Design Team: Ian Kisakye and Kelley Oklesson

     

     

    Contee Parago Triangle Park

      Baltimore, MD
      Job Size: Large
      Job Status: In the Works

      This exciting project is the first of many to come for the DCMDVA Chapter of the Association of Professional Landscape Designers. As the Director of Public Relations, Kelley Oklesson took the lead on identifying a local community project in need of design assistance. She teamed up with the Neighborhood Design Center (a previous employer) who had been contacted by the Bolton Hill Community Association(BHCA) looking to renovate Contee Parago Triangle Park. The park is one of the first park spaces in Baltimore to commemorate an African American Baltimore resident, and was dedicated in honor of Mr. Contee and Mr. Parago in 1971.  NDC guided the community design and community consensus phase of the project and the APLD design team will help BHCA in organizing fundraiser efforts for the major park renovation.  The goal is to have the renovations completed in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the park’s establishment in May 2021.

      Design Tools: AutoCAD,  Sketchup, Lumion, & Hand sketches

      Collaborators: Neighborhood Design Center, Association of Professional Landscape Designers DCMDVA Chapter, Bolton Hill Community Association, Midtown Baltimore 

      Design Team: Edy Osorio, Kelley Oklesson, Maya Mule, Maureen Robinson, Tony Kostreski, Lynley Ogilvie, Karen Weaver, Linda Carney, Eric Gilbey, Roger Clapp, Kevin O’Neill, Todd Krellner

       

      T Street

        NW Washington, D.C.
        Job Size: Medium
        Job Status: On the shelf

        When not working as a full time nurse, our client is loving on and caring for two champion show dogs.  We were brought in to offer creative and effective design solutions for the rear yard which had symptoms of land overuse from the doggos.  After thoroughly analyzing the site we realized that the heavily compacted areas were due to the dog’s desire lines which went from the back door diagonally to the fence corner and along the fence where they could view and sniff passerbys.  Good designers know to always work with the desire lines, never against.  Our concept turned the rear yard into a micro dog park and edible garden haven.  We used a raised planter to enclose a dog tunnel running from the back door to the fence corner along the horizontal desire line.  A series of raised planter beds stem off of the dog tunnel planter creating a maze for the dogs to navigate and ample growing space for the client.  Going vertical opened up many opportunities for accessibility, protection from doggos, and the ability to easily achieve and maintain optimal soil health. We were mindful of the stormwater runoff challenges so hardscaping was a mix of permeable gravel and pavers with planted seams.  These dogs are going to love this backyard, plus no more muddy paws!

        Design Tools: Hand rendering, AutoCAD, Sketchup, Lumion   

         

        Shepherd Street

          Chevy Chase, Maryland
          Job Size: Medium
          Job Status: In the ground

          Exterior spaces are conceptualized similarly to architecture of buildings.  Gardens are rooms with transitional hallways that guide people from one room to the next.  The Carroll family had a few key outdoor rooms and hallways that were ready for reinvention. Incorporating flexible design elements for future additions/changes became an important design goal for the larger, open activity spaces. Other site challenges included making narrow side yard areas feel spacious while also screening, greening, and maintaining comfortable walking access.  A tall and narrow deciduous row of fastigiate Beech trees were added to create a green veil between the house and the busy neighborhood street.  Color and texture of all sorts were included throughout the garden rooms and hallways which make for an exquisite experience.  We anticipate that some of the gardens will change when our client’s kids get older, as they totally should.

          Design Tools: Hand renderings & Google Sketchup & AutoCAD

          Materials: Merrifield Garden Center (Plants) & Tri-State (Stone)

          Installation: Hughes Landscaping

           

          Jackson Place

            Washington, DC
            Job Size: Large
            Job Status: In the Works & In the Ground

            This super modern and edgy condo building was really lacking a creative and thoughtful landscape.  What tends to happen on development projects like this is that a builder will blow the budget on the architecture and have a slim budget left for landscaping.  We call the resulting landscaping choices “builder-grade” material which is essentially the same 10 plants used by all of the builders (plants that are cheap and grow fas)t.  We were contracted by the amazing local company Love and Carrots to help develop the full site design and detailed planting plan.  Due to the stark colors of the building, all of the residents desired color, texture, and all season interest.  Lucky for them, that’s what we gave them. The most visible and possibly the most important garden has been installed to date.  Can’t wait for the rest of the project to get in the ground.

            Design Tools: Google Sketchup, AutoCAD, and Adobe InDesign

            Installation: Love and Carrots

            East Windsor Avenue

              Alexandria, VA
              Job Size: Medium
              Job Status: In the Ground

              Word got around about our design services on the Delray Neighborhood Listserv and we were soon approached to offer creative stormwater solutions for these awesome clients.  They were frustrated with a few low-lying areas that would collect and hold stormwater for days after large storms.  Their sweet golden retriever would become a muddy mess and the family would track mud into the house.  After two failed perc tests (dig a hole 2’ deep and 1’ wide, then fill it with water to see how quickly it completely drains) we ditched our initial idea to propose linear rain gardens along the property lines.  The perc test results told us that the soil did not have the capacity to hold additional water so our next best option was to convey the stormwater, or move it through the sight in a beautiful and functional way.  There were two important existing design features on site that gave us inspiration for pitching a deck concept that would include a boardwalk.  One was a beautiful existing river birch and the other was a charming potting shed (hand-built by our client).  The deck would feel like an extension of the shed, while avoiding the root system of the birch tree.  We designed a two channel dry riverbed that would capture surface water runoff from the neighboring property and move it through the site, under the deck and across the edge of the lawn.  The elevation change from one side to the other was a matter of inches so attention to the swale depth along the way was essential for conveyance success.  Native perennial plantings soften the stone river bed and offer habitat for local species.  While working on this project our client became a Master Naturalist and has been really enjoying the learning process.  The most impressive piece of this project was that the entire project (except for the new sod) was implemented by our client!  We offered guidance and support as needed throughout the entire implementation process which was the coolest!

              Design Tools: Hand renderings & AutoCAD

              Materials: Robi Decking (Decking), Irwin Stone (Hardscape), North Creek Nursery (Plants), Merrifield (Plants), Gro-Getters (Plants) 

              Sod Installation: Hughes Landscaping

              Hardscape, Decking, Plant Installation: Client

              East Durham Street

                Kill Devil Hills, NC
                Job Size: Medium
                Job Status: On the shelf

                Coastal environments are unique landscapes defined by the sun, saltwater, and ocean air.  This cute beach bungalow property belongs to an active young environmentally engaged family who wanted to explore ideas to maximize the functionality of their sandy backyard space.  They desired landscape features that fit into the context of the coastal environment and complemented their desired lifestyle.  We utilized horizontally stacked wood piers to create an artificial dune wall.  The dune will offer protection from the powerful coastal winds while creating a feeling of privacy and enclosure for a fun family fire pit space. Native coastal grasses and perennial flowers will cover the dune to anchor the new feature and provide habitat for local wildlife.   A lower deck protects feet from hot sand and offers a comfortable space for an outdoor shower.  Raised vegetable beds with drip irrigation make for a fun and easy growing experience.  Wood boardwalks with strategically placed landings guide you through the property while offering respite.  This concept embraced the sandy landscape and other natural offerings to make for a truly special spot.

                Design Tools: AutoCAD, Adobe InDesign, Sketchup, Lumion

                David Lane

                  Alexandria, VA
                  Job Size: Medium
                  Job Status: In the Ground

                  This cute house backs up to a naturally forested stream buffer where wildlife is thriving in a peri-urban environment.  Our clients both work full time and operate a successful Airbnb out of their ground unit. They were interested in seeking design solutions for the front yard where an additional parking space was desired as well as a new welcoming new entrance to the front door.  Edible shrubs and trees border the new parking space, while native perennials hug a neat trio of colorful statement planters.  Special attention was given to artfully manage stormwater and offer additional habitat amenities.  We called for a simple recirculating boulder fountain to create peaceful ambient sounds as well as a drinking spot for wildlife including our client’s schnauzer pup.  The stacked wood walls make a strong architectural statement while encouraging local critters to make a home out of this modern woodland wonderland.   Our client’s trust, curiosity, and passion for nature really made this experience unforgettable.

                  Design Tools: Hand renderings & AutoCAD

                  Materials: Various local nurseries

                  Installation: Great American Landscapes

                  Cleveland Avenue

                    NW Washington, D.C.
                    Job Size: Medium
                    Status: In the Ground

                    Most people inherit garden and hardscaping decisions from previous homeowners when they buy or rent a property.  These inherited decisions are usually rooted in very practical reasoning, stemming from budget or site constraints.  As designers, we oftentimes find ourselves giving clients permission to alter inherited decisions.  Why not think out of the outdoor box, right?  This fun project involved a patio that was an inherited design constrained by an angled brick retaining wall which at one time held back a large mature oak tree.  Our client wanted ideas on how to reimagine the patio area as a gathering, dining, grilling, and play space.  We elevated the south patio creating one continuous plane and created the feeling of two separate rooms with thoughtful paving patterns while utilizing all existing bricks.  New planting beds soften the hardscaping while also allowing us to create a nice little grill nook.  We added a few flowering understory trees and shrubs to the upper garden area which added new layers of visual and environmental interest. Every feature of this design was intentional and considerate of the client’s budget and lifestyle.

                    Design Tools: Hand renderings & AutoCAD

                    Materials: Various local nurseries & Tri-State (Stone)

                    Installation: Hughes Landscaping

                    Brink Road Cutting Garden

                      Gaithersburg, MD
                      Job Size: Large
                      Status: On the shelf

                      We were so thrilled with the opportunity to design a cutting garden for a real professional florist.  In preparation for the project, we attended two local workshops on how to start and manage your own cutting garden.  We had three major design criteria for the planting palette: bloom time (early spring bloomers & late summer bloomers), stem length (18” or longer), and as many natives as possible.  The layout of the design focused on creating a beautiful learning environment where visitors/clients taking workshops with our client would be inspired and comfortable.  We pulled together an incredible list of native plants that would offer beauty and and abundance of environmental services.  Can’t get better than that.

                      Design Tools: Digital rendering, AutoCAD, and Adobe InDesign

                      Baltimore Street

                        Kensington, MD
                        Job size: Large
                        Status: In the Ground

                        The Town of Kensington Maryland is known for its charming and historic architecture.  We came in at the end of a massive renovation and addition to a traditional four square home built in the early 1900s.  The landscape was a near clean slate so we were able to pitch some exciting ideas.  We added as many new native trees as we could fit into the new plans, conservation landscapes to help slow stormwater surface runoff, a cutting garden, a custom made firewood storage sculpture and more.  We were lucky to have such great clients that trusted our input and were open to thinking outside of the box.

                        Design Tools: Hand rendering and AutoCAD

                        Iron work: Robinson Forged Metals

                        Installation: Great American Landscapes, Outdoor Illuminations

                        University of the District of Columbia Guidebook

                          University of the District of Columbia A Guidebook for Stormwater Best Management Practices for Urban Farming

                          Washington, D.C.
                          Status: In the works

                          We were thrilled to be a part of The Center for Sustainable Development and Resilience (CSDR) of the College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability, and Environmental Sciences (CAUSES) at the University of the District of Columbia team who developed the visual presentation, graphic layout, and illustrations for A Guidebook for Stormwater Best Management Practices for Urban Farming.

                          Graphics/Illustrations: Saba Hamidi

                           

                          Taylor Street

                            Petworth, Washington, D.C.
                            Job size: small
                            Status: In the ground & In the works

                            Fitting all the needs into a small yard can be tricky but exciting opportunities usually reveal themselves with some patience and clever exploration.  The project was broken down into two phases which included the front yard and the rear yard. For the front, we deliberately utilized the sloped “public facing” yard as a spot to grow vegetables in raised beds.  The raised beds act as retaining walls while making the space accessible, encouraging our clients and passersbys to engage with the garden. The best part is that there is no lawn to mow here. Back yard ideas are still in the concept phase, but we found the vertical features such as the fence and rear neighbor’s brick wall to present opportunities add dimension to the space.  Stay tuned as this project grows.

                            Design Tools: Hand rendering, AutoCAD, InDesign
                            Installation: Love and Carrots

                            Bristol Avenue

                              Silver Spring, MD
                              Job size: small
                              Status: In the ground

                              Our client had a forward-thinking idea of converting their front lawn into a no-mow, productive and healthy ecosystem. This meant finding a creative and efficient way to respect the existing functioning raingardens while offering new opportunities for growing food and attracting pollinators.  The raingardens acted as important keystones in the design, influencing pathway locations and shapes. Existing contouring of the yard helped us naturally select the areas most suited for growing vegetables based on the ease of accessibility and ability for simple fencing. Phase one included the installation of: the natural stone staircase, irregular stone pathway, and the native pollinator garden along Bristol Avenue.  We can’t wait to see this project grow!

                              Design Tools: Hand rendering, AutoCAD
                              Collaborators: Hughes Landscaping
                              Materials: RoLanka International (Coir Blankets), North Creek Nursery (Plants), Babikow Nursery (Plants), Merrifield Garden Center (Plants) & Tri-State Stone (Hardscape)
                              Hardscape Installation: Hughes Landscaping
                              Landscape Installation: Client

                              Landscape Training for Green Infrastructure

                                Washington, D.C.
                                60 Participants

                                The Center for Sustainable Development and Resilience (CSDR) of the College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability, and Environmental Sciences (CAUSES) at the University of the District of Columbia is offering landscape training. This three-day course will focus on landscape techniques and maintenance activities for green infrastructure projects. Instructors will utilize in-classroom and hands-on field training to strengthen and expand the professional skillsets of the participants.
                                Participants will learn the sustainable theoretical framework of landscape, gardening, horticulture and soil sciences that will help diversify participant’s skillsets and prepare them for entry-level work as a landscape technician. This course is recommended and serve as complementary to the National Green Infrastructure Certification Program (NGICP).

                                LARC221 Digital Fundamentals

                                  College Park, MD
                                  15 Students

                                  The development and application of computing skills as used by the landscape architecture profession. This Computer-Aided Design and Drafting (CADD) course develops computer drafting using a variety of software programs. It also introduces students to Geographic Information Systems (GIS) mapping technologies.

                                  Piney Branch Road

                                    Takoma Park, MD
                                    Job Size: Medium
                                    Job Status: In the Ground

                                    Design Tools: Hand rendering & AutoCAD
                                    Materials: Gro-Getters (Plants) & Savatree (Log Jumpers)
                                    Installation: Shorb Landscaping

                                    Daisy Road

                                      Woodbine, MD
                                      Job Size: Small
                                      Job Status: In the ground

                                      With the need to increase the square footage of their family vegetable garden, and the desire to create space for relaxation and contemplation, the Mattingly’s decided it was time to consult a design professional to sort it out. Ms. Mattingly absolutely loved the “old world” aesthetic of natural stone and wood, from which the architecture of the main house and stables were inspired.  She was also attracted to simplet, yet clever designs.  A few design schemes were developed

                                      Design Tools: Hand renderings & Google Sketchup & AutoCAD
                                      Collaborators: Matt Roth Photography
                                      Materials: Country Casual (Furniture)
                                      Installation: Hughes Landscaping

                                      *Project was designed and implemented while kelley oklesson served as lead designer at Hughes Landscaping www.hugheslandscaping.com

                                       

                                      Reservoir Road

                                        NW Washington, D.C.
                                        Job Size: Small
                                        Job Status: In the ground

                                        This adorable, historic georgetown property contained a postage-stamp-sized backyard that was underutilized due to the existing layout inherited from the previous owner.  The client saw such potential for the space but needed visualizations to select the best design for the family’s lifestyle.  The architecture of the house and garage were traditional and classic, so the client wanted the design to respond thoughtfully to the existing style.  We focused on clean lines, classic materials, enhancing/guiding views, and maximizing space.

                                        Design Tools: AutoCAD
                                        Collaborators: Outdoor Illumination (Lighting), Matt Roth Photography
                                        Materials: Merrifield Garden Center (Plants)
                                        Installation: Hughes Landscaping

                                        *Project was designed and implemented while kelley oklesson served as lead designer at Hughes Landscaping www.hugheslandscaping.com

                                        Walhonding Road

                                          Bethesda, Maryland
                                          Job Size: Small – Rain Garden
                                          Status: In the ground

                                          With climate change challenging our communities to alter our development practices, many jurisdictions are offering residents and business owners tax rebates to implement stormwater best management practices to reduce runoff.  Our clients recently purchased a home that was still facing stormwater runoff challenges even though each downspout was being directed into an engineered drywell onsite.  Most of the runoff was surface flow coming from the concrete driveway and across the front lawn, directly towards the house foundation.  The design challenge was to beautifully intercept and treat the stormwater flow while also creating a welcoming front entrance experience.  We ultimately decided to design and install a rain garden with artful stone boulder accents to naturally blend with the surrounding landscape. The rain garden was installed in 2018, the year Maryland received the highest volume of rainfall on record.  Talk about perfect timing.

                                          Design Tools: Hand renderings & AutoCAD
                                          Collaborators: Gro-Getters & Montgomery County RainScapes
                                          Installation: Hughes Landscaping

                                          *Project was designed and implemented while Kelley Oklesson served as lead designer at Hughes Landscaping www.hugheslandscaping.com

                                           

                                          South Mansion Drive

                                            Silver Spring, MD
                                            Job Size: Medium
                                            Job Status: In the ground

                                            You are not alone if you are one of the people who would rather use the side entrance of their house than their front door.  We were tasked with updating the foundation gardens of this 1990’s house while offering new entry experiences for both guests and the owner.  The owner prefered to enter the house from their side yard so we created a space that offered a semi-private and welcoming experience.  A series of outdoor garden rooms makes this 1/8 acre feel intentional, functional, and inspirational.  A trash enclosure was built into the privacy fence so it feels like a decorative outdoor closet of sorts.  We can’t wait to watch this garden develop its own lovely personality.

                                            Design Tools: Hand renderings & AutoCAD
                                            Collaborators: Merrifield Garden Center (Plants), Shemin Nursery (Plants)
                                            Installation: Premier Hardscapes

                                            Reno Road

                                              NW Washington, D.C.
                                              Job Size: Medium
                                              Job Status: In the Ground

                                              The Robbins family was looking for fresh and interesting ideas on how to update their outdoor living space to meet the needs of their active and social lifestyles.  The most precious areas in the backyard were dominated by tired, unmaintained materials and as a result, underutilized.  One of the most notable features of the property was the gorgeous stand of mature oak trees.  The Robbin’s made very clear that no tree shall be harmed in the design or implementation of the project. A large pressure treated deck was nestled between the garage, the house, and the property line with a 6’ tall lattice privacy fence.

                                              Design Tools: Hand sketch & Google Sketchup & AutoCAD & Adobe Illustrator
                                              Collaborators: Independent Custom Metal Work (Sculpture), HD Johnson (Gas Line), A & D Electrical Services (Electrician)
                                              Materials: Gro-Getters (Plants) & Dulles Electric (Lighting Supplier) & Restoration Hardware (Furniture)
                                              Installation: Hughes Landscaping

                                              *Project was designed and implemented while kelley oklesson served as lead designer at Hughes Landscaping www.hugheslandscaping.com

                                              P Street

                                                NW Washington, D.C.
                                                Job Size: Small
                                                Job Status: On the shelf

                                                This lovely row home had been recently renovated and purchased by a young couple who just welcomed twin baby girls into their family.  The couple wanted to utilize the full extent of the backyard, with an ambitious program requiring space for playing, dining, lounging, gardening, storage, and parking.  Particular attention was paid to opportunities presented by existing horizontal and vertical surfaces where patterns, textures, and colors were introduce.

                                                Design Tools: Google Sketchup, hand rendering, AutoCAD

                                                *Project was designed while kelley oklesson served as lead designer at Hughes Landscaping www.hugheslandscaping.com

                                                 

                                                 

                                                Burning Tree Road

                                                  Bethesda, MD
                                                  Job Size: Small
                                                  Status: In the ground

                                                  Design Tools: Hand renderings & AutoCAD
                                                  Installation: Inferno Lawn Care

                                                  Lewisdale Elementary Rain Barrel Wraps

                                                    Hyattsville, MD
                                                    Job Size: Small
                                                    Job Status: In the ground

                                                    Lewisdale Elementary school teacher, Wendy Rouget understood and promoted the value of environmental stewardship within her students.  She believed that schools are the places where students learn about the interconnectedness of the academic disciplines.  So when Wendy approached the design team at Neighborhood Design Center looking for an interesting opportunity to engage her students, they had an exciting idea to pitch.  The design team proposed to create a digital montage of student artwork from earth day and turn it into a vinyl graphic for the school’s rain barrels.  The thought was that the vinyl graphic would, a) enhance the look of the barrel, b) communicate important messages about environmental stewardship, and c) promote a sense of pride within the students.  The end design product exceeded everyone’s expectations.  Designer Laura Kendrick thoughtfully ensured that artwork from each student was represented in the final montage graphics.  In fact, there was enough artwork to create two separate montages for each rain barrel in the school’s courtyard.  We are happy to report that the vinyl material has held up extremely well to UV exposure over time.

                                                    Design Tools: Adobe Suite by Laura Kendrick & Artwork by Lewisdale Students
                                                    Materials: Kerley Signs (Vinyl Graphic)
                                                    Installation: Kerley Signs

                                                    *Project was designed and implemented while kelley oklesson served as program manager at the Neighborhood Design Center www.ndc-md.org

                                                     

                                                    Field of Greens Community Garden (University of Maryland)

                                                      Riverdale, Maryland
                                                      Job Size: Large
                                                      Job Status: In the ground

                                                      Field of Greens community garden is an organic, ethnically diverse community garden functioning as a training ground for small-scale, intensive, sustainable agriculture projects. Located in East Riverdale, Maryland, the garden serves the local population of primarily Bhutanese refugees, many with extensive agricultural backgrounds and limited resources. The garden was started in 2014 from a vision of the University of Maryland Extension – Prince George’s County (UME-PGC) and the Prince George’s County Redevelopment Authority.

                                                      UME-PGC identified a few “reach for the sky” ideas as the project framework, and the design team helped turn those ideas into reality. The garden was designed to be visually interesting and take full advantage of the available space by creating inviting entryways and optimizing growing space for gardener needs. The design concept was was “fluid by design”, considering future developments in the garden, and allowing for a variety of community activities to take place. The thoughtful nature of the design allows UME-PGC to monitor gardener participation while also welcoming gardener feedback and buy-in for possible future changes.

                                                      Design Tools: AutoCAD
                                                      Design Team: the Neighborhood Design Center
                                                      Collaborators: Kerley Signs, Casey Trees
                                                      Installation: The University of Maryland Extension

                                                      https://extension.umd.edu/prince-georges-county/community-based-gardening/field-greens

                                                      *Project was designed and implemented while kelley oklesson served as program manager at the Neighborhood Design Center www.ndc-md.org

                                                       

                                                       

                                                      Barnaby Manor Elementary School Courtyard Classroom

                                                      Oxon Hill, MD
                                                      Job Size: Small
                                                      Status: In the ground

                                                      One-day, all hands on deck installations are some of our most memorable projects.  This project begins with a shining star teacher named Chandra Evans from Barnaby Manor Elementary School, who was looking for an opportunity to activate the school’s highly-visible central courtyard.  She wanted to introduce garden stations that would engage the school community, by presenting novel ideas and concepts for healthy-living.  The design team knew the project was most-likely going to be built by volunteers with donated materials, and maintained by students and staff, so a focus on efficiency and effectiveness was key. To support the understanding of environmental systems and human engagement, the design team connected two important processes by pairing a pollinator garden with a series of raised straw-bale vegetable gardens. Thanks to materials supplied by Prince George’s County programs, donations from private organizations, and a volunteer powered labor force, the school received a courtyard transformation.

                                                      Design Tools: Hand rendering & Adobe Suite by Laura Kendrick
                                                      Materials: Peoples Supply (Soil & Straw Bales)
                                                      Installation: Volunteers

                                                      *Project was designed and implemented while kelley oklesson served as program manager at the Neighborhood Design Center www.ndc-md.org

                                                      Irving Street, NW

                                                        Washington, DC
                                                        Job Size: Large
                                                        Job Status: In the works

                                                        Often times opportunities arise from presented challenges.  The Client had an immediate need to replace a leaking roofing membrane that also served as a large courtyard space.  A priority on pedestrian flow, access, visibility, and comfort inspired design interventions that would radically enhance the human experience.  Elements of surprise, interesting use of materials, and introduction of nature made for an exciting proposal.

                                                        Design Tools: Hand Rendering & AutoCAD & Adobe Suite

                                                        *Project was designed while kelley oklesson served as lead designer at Hughes Landscaping www.hugheslandscaping.com

                                                        Shepherd Street

                                                          Chevy Chase, Maryland
                                                          Medium
                                                          In the ground

                                                          Exterior spaces are conceptualized similarly to architecture of buildings.  Gardens are rooms with transitional hallways that guide people from one room to the next.  The Carroll family had a few key outdoor rooms and hallways that were ready for reinvention. A couple of site challenges included making narrow side yard areas feel spacious while also screening, greening, and maintaining comfortable walking access.  Incorporating flexible design elements for future additions/changes became an important design goal for the larger, open activity spaces.  We anticipate that some of the garden areas will change when the kids get older, as they should.

                                                          Design Tools: Hand renderings & Google Sketchup & AutoCAD
                                                          Materials: Merrifield Garden Center (Plants) & Tri-State (Stone)
                                                          Installation: Hughes Landscaping

                                                          Caraway Street

                                                            Cabin John, MD
                                                            Job Size: Medium – Outdoor Kitchen
                                                            Job Status: In the ground

                                                            Design Tools: AutoCAD
                                                            Materials: Tri-State (Stone) & Outdoor Living Today (Cedar Pergola)
                                                            Installation Contractor: Hughes Landscaping

                                                            *Project was designed and implemented while kelley oklesson served as lead designer at Hughes Landscaping www.hugheslandscaping.com