The firm designing The Commons, a new park in downtown Minneapolis, was given the nation’s top award for landscape architecture in 2016.
Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian National Design Awards announced last week the winners of all 11 design categories, naming San Francisco-based Hargreaves Associates to the top spot in landscape this year.
The annual awards launched in 2000 as an official project of the White House Millennium Council and has continued on as an educational outreach tool to encourage innovative design that has a positive impact on the public.
The Hargreaves name has risen in prominence in the Twin Cities for its role in designing the park, currently under construction, next to U.S. Bank Stadium. Last year’s winner in the same category was Minneapolis-based Coen + Partners, a landscape architecture firm located in the Warehouse District.
In the award description, the jury wrote, “Hargreaves Associates has been at the forefront of landscape architecture for over thirty years and is globally renowned for the transformation of neglected urban sites, waterfronts, and campuses into memorable places that have become icons for their cities.”
Development of The Commons is well underway. The Minneapolis conservancy running the effort has raised nearly $14 million of the needed $22 million to bring Hargreaves’ vision to fruition.
“We are thrilled to be the recipients of this prestigious national award, ” said Mary Margaret Jones, senior principal, in an email. “In the midst of a rapidly changing part of the city, the Commons will help catalyze urban vitality as host to daily life and special events.”
Though your home is your castle, there is no necessity to surround it with a moat. Here are 5 tips that will help you to make your landscaping feel more warm, welcoming and cozy.
1. Put some flowers nearby your entrance. Flowers make any area look more welcoming and attractive, so greeting your guests with Petunia, Snapdragon, Lily-of-the-Nile or some other garden flowers is always a great thing to do. What is more, to add some space between your house and the entrance, you can consider adding a little white fence. It will create an illusion that your front yard is bigger than it actually is. What is more, adding fence will create a great space for planting flowers to add some color and coziness.
2. Add rambling vines to make your yard look absolutely lovely. You can not deny that rambling vines always create romantic and even magical atmosphere. So why not to use this tip while decorating your yard?
3. To hide the unattractive driveway, consider adding some color, texture, and height. You can easily do it by adding various sorts of flowers. To start, create an island of green lawn right in the hub of a drive. Then add a couple of low boxwood hedges with flowers toward the back of your island.
4. If you want your yard to blossom and flourish bust still do not have enough time to maintain it, consider planting low-fuss lilies. Such flowers look absolutely gorgeous and come in the variety of rainbow hues, so you can pick the one you love most. What is more, low-fuss lilies do not care about the sort of soil, they love the sun and welcome hot, they do not afraid of drought. In other words, Crinums is an ideal flower for all those who are looking for low-maintenance solutions.
5. The last tip also touches the low-maintenance aspect. To make your life easier, group plantings into beds and islands. This will help you to avoid mowing and trimming around each individual plant, save a lot of time and even money.