Thoughtful Interventions Brookside Gardens, Montgomery County, MD
Nola, Dennis R.
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The Brookside Gardens project focuses on three major spaces; the Visitors Center Plaza and Lawn, the Azalea Garden, and the Camellia Garden. The project focuses on thoughtful interventions for these areas that provide ADA pathways, connections between gardens, stormwater solutions, gathering spaces, and plantings.This project has been created by the students of the University of Maryland’s Masters’ of Landscape Architecture program under the direction of Dennis R. Nola, PLA, ASLA, in collaboration with the Partnership for Action Learning in Sustainability (PALS) program working in Montgomery County with the Director and staff of Brookside Gardens.The design team suggests several recommendations for improvement to the gardens: Realign pathways to increase universal accessibility and reduce stormwater velocity; Introduce stormwater best management practices (BMPs) to mitigate stormwater runoff; Increase the definition of the Great Lawn to provide a grand open space; Implement a meadow to reduce stormwater runoff and increase beauty and species diversity at the Visitors Center; Introduce a plaza for gatherings and events adjacent to the Visitors Center; Define gathering spaces within the Azalea Garden; Develop a beautiful gate connecting the gardens to the Visitors Center; Add an amphitheater to provide a performance space within the gardens