About client + project
RANCHO VISTOSO CENTER
Commercial landscape design for the Rancho Vistoso Community Center, a multipurpose building which is used for concerts, meetings, social gatherings, and large community events.
The objectives for the client were:
- Create a visually appealing landscape for children and adults.
- Design a low-maintenance and educational plant plan.
- Include interactive features for the community.
This project began with a redesign of the existing landscape at the Rancho Vistoso Community Center. Their previous installation had left them with thirsty, aggressive plants that required too much water and upkeep to maintain. They also desired something with a little more visual intrigue. We began by installing a permaculture system of plants that was able to be removed from drip irrigation after just one year. We also planted large groupings of the same species in single areas, which offered a color-blocking effect.
Using the Tohono Chul Gardens as our inspiration, we created circular walking paths around the building, featuring desert plants and giving each a permanent sign with information about the species. We created reading circles for book clubs and prayer groups near a glazed pot water feature. Embracing the beauty of our native plants, we created an innovative Cholla rose garden, which had colorful blooms year-round. Finally, we included both a hummingbird garden and a butterfly garden to encourage interaction with nature for children of all ages.
SKILLS — USED
“Our children love the butterfly garden and the rose garden. It’s like having a mini Desert Museum for our community.”