|CONCEPTUAL LANDSCAPE DESIGN PLAN...|
|....FOR A SITE WITH APOSTLE ISLAND VIEWS...|
|...CHALLENGING TOPOGRAPHY AND SETTING...|
|...AND A BEAUTIFUL RAVINE WITH FLOWING STREAM|
Wednesday, 8:00 AM. 39 degrees F at the ferry dock, 38 on the back porch. Wind N, calm at present. The sky is partly cloudy but looks as though it will clear, the humidity is 68%. The barometer is more or less steady, at 30.04". Today's high will be in the mid 40's, then it will warm into the 60's, with clear skies until Sunday, when there is a chance of rain. Temperatures will drop into the 30's and low 40's next week, with a chance of snow. We always get a snow storm in April, hopefully it won't be severe.
I have been working on a rather challenging conceptual landscape design plan for a very unusual site; an old multi-level RV camp ground. The site was abandoned and unused for many years, and is in the process of going back to nature, with white pines that have become quite large and other natural succession vegetation. It has a ravine area that could not be developed and remains in a quite beautiful and undisturbed state, with a small stream. It is on a lake bluff, so has good views of some of the Apostle Islands.
The design challenge has been to emphasize views from a potential home site, while keeping and enhancing the natural areas that remain or are developing through reforestation, all the while creating needed amenities for the owners.
The conceptual plan removes trees to form a view line, suggests native northern climax forest species to enhance the wooded areas, meadow and shrub plantings to preserve views, and locates a fenced garden, fire pit, ravine overlook and nature trail route.
It has been a fun project.