2015 Merit Award

Collaborative Design

Brooklyn Botanic Garden Native Flora Garden Extension

Landscape Architect:

SiteWorks Landscape Architecture

Project Team:

Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Darrell Morrison FASLA

Ecological Landscape Design and Restoration


About the Project:

This project expanded the 100 year old Brooklyn Botanic Garden Native Flora Garden to create a dynamic new garden and educational experience. From a gently sweeping boardwalk and pathways, visitors can observe the diversity of life characteristic of four distinct  yet rapidly disappearing native New York region pine barren plant communities—meadow, upland pine barrens, lowland pine barrens with bog and pond and woodland edge. The project is a major achievement for the regional conservation community.  Collaborating with botanists and ecologists, seeds were collected and plugs sourced and the required provenance documented.  In all, more than 150,000 plants populate the new garden. The project exemplifies how, through close collaboration between an ecological designer and landscape architects, careful ecological recreation of native soil profiles, hydrology and vegetative systems can be successfully interwoven with pathways and seating areas to create a highly accessible learning environment.