GREAT GARDEN RESTORATION
DETAILS OF THE GARDEN DESIGN
After the creative design work was complete, the project was put in the hands of a Shreveport architect, Ward Bryant of Whitlock & Shelton for the production of construction drawings, leading us through the construction bidding process, and the installation itself.
Below are the beautiful scaled drawings by Ward Bryant, which not only fits all parts of the gardens together, it also provides for the easy flow of traffic through the gardens, including access by wheelchairs and multi-passenger tour carts.
The full site drawing gives us an appreciation for the lyrical beauty of the overall garden in its woodland setting, with open spaces and concentrated rose planting areas, with substantial buildings and structures.
THE NEW GARDENS OF THE “CORE”
The new gardens within the “core” (below) are made up of four large circles, at varying ground levels and sizes, that are reminiscent of the gears of a vintage timepiece – a Rolex, in fact! As one steps into the first circle, the visitor will be surrounded by the newest, most striking and colorful modern roses. From there, each circle will take the visitor back in time, to discover the rich history of the world’s favorite flower, until finally, the visitor emerges from the fourth circle to find themselves in the area of the earliest roses of all—the species roses that were found in the wilds of China, centuries ago.
THE HISTORY OF THE ROSE IN AMERICA – Opportunities for Investment in America’s Rose Garden
The drawing below titled ‘The History of the Rose in America,’ shows the four circles, their sizes and the era of the roses that will be planted in them. In each of the circles, the rose beds are measured for length (all beds are 9’ wide); a suggested donation has been assigned for the naming opportunity the donor will be granted.
TOURING THE GARDENS
For ease of touring and guiding tours within this garden layout, the gardens are divided into groups as shown below:
EASY CARE GARDENS
CORE GARDENS or CLOCKWORKS GARDENS