Design Principles, Design Guidelines, and Standing Review Committees

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Eastern Inner Loop

One of the trees at the Birch Overlook (October 2011)






One of the pumpkins entered in the jack-o'-lantern contest (October 2011)


Naming Opportunities -
Elements Within the Children's Garden



Children's Garden Illustrative Plan showing naming opportunities.
(Click on the image to see a larger version.)

Presented below are opportunities for naming structural features, as well as pieces of art and other special elements that would enrich the learning environment in the Children's Garden.

Childhood's Gate Entry Court (funded)

Entrance Water Feature ($150,000) (funded)
Rock Collection ($50,000) (funded)
Transformation Canopy ($50,000) (funded)
Water Feature - Seep Basin ($25,000) (funded)
Cut Stone Entry Bench ($15,000) (funded)
Rock Planter/Seat walls (1) ($10,000) (1 funded)

Central Valley ($200,000)

Bronze Resting Buffalo ($250,000)
Glass House ($150,000)
Espalier Amphitheater ($50,000)
Garden Plots & Forecourt ($35,000)
Aspen Story Circle ($25,000) (funded)
Central Valley Lawn ($25,000)
Prairie ($25,000) (funded)
Susquehannock Encampment ($25,000) (funded)
Wooden Bridge/Boardwalk ($20,000)
Sod-Roofed Shed ($15,000) (funded)

The Grotto ($200,000)

Up, Down, In and Out Creek ($10,000) (funded)

Fossil Ridge ($200,000)

Climbing Wall ($50,000)
Fossil Groundplane ($15,000) (funded)
Fossil Sculpture ($15,000) (funded)
Reading Circles/Caterpillar Bench ($15,000) (funded)
Window Seat/Bird Overlook ($15,000) (funded)
Rock Planter/Seatwalls (3) ($10,000)

Mushroom Hollow ($200,000)

Heartwood Discovery Tree ($50,000) (funded)
Toadstool Sculptures & Seating ($20,000) (funded)

Art Opportunities and Special Elements

Kinetic sculpture (a large, upright sculpture activated by wind) ($100,000)

Art Opportunities (ranging from $1,000 - $10,000)

Most of the art pieces would be made of materials such as ceramic, stone, and bronze. Once a donor shows an interest in a feature, the Arboretum will work with the contractor to estimate the cost and identify a location for the piece.

Hand Pump ($5,000)
Musical Instruments (funded)
Animal Faces (funded)
Shell Bench ($8,000)
Flock of Birds
Ceramic Pots
Bird Houses on Poles
Tree Mushrooms with Mail Slots
Ceramic Micro-Organisms—3D Fossils (funded)
Black Snake
Hanging Bat (Bronze) - $500 per bat (7 needed - 7 funded)
Bronze Animals—Native Pennsylvania species

Eastern Wild Turkey - $5,000
Mother Fox - $8,000
Pair of Fox Pups - $7,000
Single Fox Pup - $2,500

Please contact Patrick J. Williams, director of development, with questions about gift opportunities: 814-865-0441 or


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