LEONARD STREET
The Leonard Street residence is located in Brooklyn. It was my thesis project for Kimberly Tryba's Urban Garden Design class at Brooklyn Botanic Garden in New York.
CHALLENGE
The back yard is accessed through a carriage tunnel going through the brownstone from the street. It is fully paved and there is a dilapidated structure in the back. The owner wanted to use the tunnel as a transition to a lush garden with Japanese influences.  Also on the wish list was added privacy, a pool, bbq area, dining area and a fully renovated guest house with a rooftop garden.
SITE ANALYSIS
First, we have to understand what conditions we are dealing with. I do a site visit and gather data and information. If needed, soil tests are taken.
INITIAL CONCEPT DESIGN
The initial concept design is a basic sketch ironing out the general idea. It tackles the challenges but also aims to fulfill other needs and wishes of the property owners.
LANDSCAPE PLAN
When the initial concept is approved, we move into a more refined detailed landscape plan.
ELEVATION DRAWING
Select areas may warrant an elevation drawing to clarify details of the plan.
MOOD BOARDS
Using Pinterest, I build mood boards that doubles as a source for plants but also for furniture and other garden assets.
ARTIST'S RENDERING
To help visualize the new garden, I draw selected vistas by hand, then color them digitally.
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