The Marcy Holmes Neighborhood Association partnered with Students for Design Activism to re-design a native planting boulevard leading from the Marcy Holmes Neighborhood towards the Mississippi River at 6th ave SE and University Drive in 2013.
Pollinators are an important part of the urban ecological system, and the Marcy Holmes Neighborhood Association wanted to provide habitat within the neighborhood and to create a beautiful and eye catching path towards the Stone Arch Bridge. Given the MHNA’s reliance on volunteer maintenance, the current planting has become overgrown with aggressive species, and has lost a sense of formality and design intent. To combat this issue we designed a back bone of “Little Blue Stem” to run throughout the boulevard, imitating river form and separating 3 distinct planting mixes. By keeping divisions simple and clear we hope to make the weeding process more successful as volunteer maintenance continues. The plant palette for each mix was chosen to provide various height and textural relationships, while having spring, summer and fall interest.
The installation and maintenance of the project, also outlined in the proposal draft, will become engagement tools for the MHNA to interact with new residents and students in the beautification of its community.