to see a full-page version of the plan. The program elements
in Phase I are highlighted in the legend.
here if you are interested in contributing to the development
of this part of the Arboretum.
Phase I - Event Lawn and Kathryn Bower Smith
Strolling Garden, North Terrace Garden (future Conservatory
Terrace), Initial Plantings in Rose and Fragrance Garden and
in the Demonstration Gardens (including the Joan Milius Smith
Esplanade, Annual and Perennial Display Garden, Butterfly Garden,
and Hummingbird Garden), Margery Enes Smith Soaring Waters (fountain),
Oasis Garden with Lotus Pool, and Overlook Pavilion
Phase I of development of the H. O. Smith Botanic Gardens provides
several key attractions for visitors to The Arboretum at Penn
State. The Overlook Pavilion, Esplanade, Event Lawn, and North
Terrace Garden (adjacent to the site of the future Conservatory)
create spaces in which to hold private gatherings such as weddings
and small receptions, and public events such as festivals, plant
sales, garden shows, and art displays. Because of their location,
these facilities will also provide vantage points from which to
view the developing gardens around them. Information about event
rentals is available by contacting Kate Reeder, event and marketing
coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
to see a full-page version of the above drawing. The program elements
in Phase I are labelled.
The initial plantings in the Rose and Fragrance Garden and Demonstration
Gardens provide horticultural enjoyment and learning opportunities
for University students, residents, visitors, and alumni. (All
of the features discussed here are further defined in Narrative
Descriptions of Elements in the H. O. Smith Botanic Gardens.)
Within the gardens, three walkways have been named to honor several
members of the donor's family: the Kathryn Bower Smith Strolling
Garden around the perimeter of the Event Lawn (in honor of Smith's
mother); the Joan Milius Smith Esplanade at the entrance to the
Demonstration Gardens (in honor of his late wife); and the Margery
Enes Smith Fountain (constructed as part of the conservatory terrace
and named in honor of his second wife, also now deceased).
The 58-acre parcel formerly known
as the Mitchell Tract will be transformed as the H. O. Smith
Botanic Gardens are developed. The Schreyer House is located
in the upper left of this aerial photo of the tract.
The design process for the H. O. Smith Botanic Gardens occurred
from July 2007 to January 2008. The construction contract was
awarded in May 2008 and construction was completed in 2009.
The areas adjacent to Phase I were graded, seeded, and partially
planted with trees until donations will enable us to proceed with
the design and construction of additional buildings, gardens,
and other facilities identified in the master plan. Major
gift opportunities are identified on another page within our
site, and many other naming opportunities will be identified within
the larger garden elements during the design process.
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