The Moss Gibbs Woodland Garden
Nestled within Broad Run Park in The Parklands of Floyds Fork, the Woodland Garden rises gently 150’ from bottomland meadows to an upland forest- encompassing nearly 15 acres. Woodland restoration, conservation method and a gardenesque touch weave together to bring visitors to this very special place. The intention is to create a unique visual and experiential exploitation of the existing woodland; to blur the lines of what is designed and what already existed in the woodland; and to encourage the park visitor to explore, discover, and question…
The project’s significance is that it implemented a method of “editing”, “hyper native planting”, “hyper contextuality” and a rigorous sensitivity to constructing with a light footprint. The project is unique in that it requires a design sensitivity to existing context, and delicate construction approach in order to minimize destruction to this special place.
Joseph & Joseph + Bravura Architects worked closely with a design team including: Patrick Henry, landscape architect; Tom Smarr, horticulturalist; and Rick Darke- author, landscape ethicist, and designer.
Photos of Kentucky Coffee Tree Rondel, Scarlet Oak Rondel and dry laid stone bridge are by Bob Hower.