Wednesday, 27 April 2016 00:00

World Landscape Architecture Month

April is World Landscape Architecture Month, a worldwide celebration of the practice of landscape architecture!  Focusing on how landscape architecture is present in our daily lives, landscape architects are called to take photos of their works all month.  Varying from golf course design, to commercial design, resorts, urban design, residential landscapes, and more, Landscape Architecture Month celebrates it all!
Pictured above, ground is breaking at one of our large community projects, Lakewood National in Sarasota.  The project with include: 18 hole golf course, various entries, a beautiful clubhouse and amenity center, and an over 500-home community with pocket parks.  During a site visit yesterday, project managers were able to get a tour of the whole site and see first-hand the moving of dirt happening on-site.   While the project still has a long time until completion, we are excited to be a part of such a great project!



As a part of World Landscape Architecture Month, our office has participated in events hosted by the Southwest Florida chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (FLASLA).  Last Thursday we joined other local professionals at The Centre Bar in Bonita Springs, to celebrate the birthday of Frederick Law Olmstead, the father of landscape architecture.  Last Saturday an Arbor Day celebration was hosted at Riverside Park in Bonita Springs.  The FLASLA booth had a beautiful showcase of plants as well as information about landscape architecture.   

While we think every month should be Landscape Architecture month, it was a great month of celebrations.  May will mark 16 years of business for Outside Productions Inc.  To celebrate we will be participating in a number of events throughout May and June including: a Cinco de Mayo event, an OPi birthday party, and a Chili cook-off!  Stay tuned for updates and photos from our Summer-long celebration! 

 

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This week is National Park Week as well as the start of the celebration for the National Park Service's Centennial!  To celebrate the big birthday, entry to all national parks is free this week! 

The National Park Service began in 1916 as a step to preserve the ecology and history of scenic places but also to make access to these places more feasible for the public.  Here in South Florida we actually have 3 (of the 59 in total) National Parks!

The Everglades National Park is the largest subtropical park in the US and is home to the Florida Panther and Manatee.

Further South in the Florida Keys, Dry Tortugas is a Civil War-Era fort and series of coral reefs and shipwrecks!  



Biscayne Bay, again in the Florida Keys, is a comination of mangroves and coral reefs, famous for its large quanity of sea turtles.  



While not a national park, Big Cypress is a National Preserve located located between Naples and Miami.  

To Find a National Park near you or to find one for your favorite outdoor activities check out the NPS Website: https://www.nps.gov/findapark/index.htm and go outside to celebrate this great week! 

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Redesigned by Outside Productions starting in 2012, Andrea Douglas-Cook oversaw the completion of this renovation in Vizcaya in Bay Colony.  During a recent visit, Andrea was able to take some photos of the final design and catch up with the owner about his favorite aspects of the design. 

With mangroves and a lagoon beyond, the owner wanted a luxurious, spa-like, and tranquil space.  New materials and finishes were selected and the existing pool was renovated to incorporate an infinity edge.  The infinity edge terminates into two pedestals with planter bowls.  The spa was also renovated to incorporate a spillover and refinished with reflective, light blue, glass tile  

A trellis was added on the side of the home and extends to the rear where an outdoor dining room overlooks the pool.  A unique mix of wood and concrete columns, the trellis provides both shade and privacy for those using the outdoor kitchen.  Bamboo and Philodendron beautifull screen the neighbor's home while providing additional privacy.  A walkway of stepping stones and white mexican beach pebble perfectly contrasts the lush, tropical landscape and modernize the landscape. 

Seen from an upstairs balcony, the fire pit is another focal point in this design. The stepping stone and faux turf deck is a beautiful, low-maintenance option for the space that will be used year-round.  Overall the transitional design perfectly compliments the natural backdrop and will be the perfect gathering space for the homeowner no matter the season. 

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