As the snow falls, it might not be the perfect time to discuss the landscaping of the gardens, but that’s exactly what the city’s streetscape committee did on Tuesday morning.
As the heavy lifting of the Crescent Park renovations and expansion comes to an end, decisions must begin to be made regarding the development of the healing garden component at the west end of the park.
That was the subject of Tuesday’s discussion.
Municipal arborist Joe Reinke told the committee that three trees – witch hazel, redbud and dogwood – planted as part of the city’s fall planting are the “first plantings that were planted in the healing garden.”
Landscape architect Dave Sobina said there will be a guest garden, shade garden, butterfly garden as well as a full sun garden with a fountain.
The committee walked through the different types and types of plants included in each space.
However, funds are still needed to carry out the plantings.
“The goal is to finish this so that we can go and get money from people”, Department of Public Works director Mike Holtz said. “Finally, we have to put him to bed and go sell him…. “
“There are a lot of clusters of plant material”, said Sobine. “It’s a big space.
He said he had not yet considered when anything proposed would flower and suggested the committee might want to spread flowering windows throughout the season.
“This is really meant for people to walk around and enjoy the whole season”, he said.
“It looks good,” Committee chair Josie Gerarde said. “Today I felt more positive than I have been so far.
The committee is planning a ribbon cut in the spring.
Apart from the plantations, the most visible element of the yet to be completed project is the installation of lights along the path.
Sobina said the shipping date has been shifted three times, with the current shipping date set for Christmas. He said the sign box for the pavilion would not arrive until the end of February.
“It’s typical at the moment”, he said, so that the delivery dates for electronic items are six to eight to 12 months.