In December 2014, Tryon Farm Institute funded a 4-day intensive design internship for two Master of Landscape Architecture graduate students from Ball State University: Nicole Rebeck and William (‘Billy’) Stratton. Nicole and Billy were tasked with re-imagining an existing under-designed / under-utilized landscape space at Tryon Farm that features two existing constructed wastewater wetlands.
The students spent their first days investigating the site, taking measurements of existing conditions, and diagramming ideas about the site context. It became evident that the site’s unique location within the Farm presented an opportunity to serve as a Hub, both for intersecting pathways and roadways, but also for ecological environments.
What follows is a proposal to transform the existing site (as seen in the “Site Photos” above) into an inviting trail hub space that welcomes visitors and serves as a jumping-off point for exploring the 100’s of acres of preserved natural areas of Tryon Farm.
At the center of the proposal — physically and conceptually — is the Trail Hub Plaza, a natural hardscape space featuring a large stone ‘orientation plate’ surrounded by bands of native gardens. The space provides introductory site information to visitors as well as a great place to sit and enjoy the adjacent gardens and wildlife.
The surrounding bands of planted gardens provide an ecological demonstration function to educate visitors about the variety of ecological features they’ll encounter throughout the surrounding landscape.
The proposal calls for a series of physical hardscape and landscape (flora) improvements, including a series of short retaining walls, pathways, and garden boxes (‘bands’). Below is a palette of material options recommended for the various features, depending on final design decisions and costing work.
Tryon Farm Institute is grateful for the generous donation of lodging and studio space accommodations for the interns at the Tryon Farm Guesthouse by its proprietor Innkeeper Claudia Geise — who also donates her time to serve as a TFI Board Member. In addition brand new TFI Board Member Jill Fekete arranged for the donation of 2 box full of Pacific Foods treats including soups, milk and hummus. THANK YOU!