Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Hydrological Master Plan

Henrico County, Virginia

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden requested this plan to move the Garden toward greater environmental responsibility and to demonstrate the intersection of garden design and sustainable practice especially with regard to hydrologic systems. As part of the Chesapeake Bay watershed, the Garden wanted to set an example of landscape and watershed stewardship for its quarter million annual visitors. Though the name of the plan sounds quite technical, inherent in the effort was also the charge to demonstrate that sustainable site design could fit in and be a part of beautiful landscapes and gardens. To that end, the plan involved the complete redesign of at least one third of the Garden’s 80 acres and the creation of new garden areas that would display the latest in green site technology while holding to the garden’s high aesthetic standards. As the Senior Project Manager and Designer on the project with NBW, Kennon led this effort and wrote the 60 page Master Plan Booklet that was the culmination of the master plan effort.

The project is now in more detailed design stages and Greening Urban has joined the project providing sustainable technology design and civil engineering.

Prime Consultant: Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects
Status: Design Development Phase
Awards: Virginia ASLA Honor Award for Analysis and Planning