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Thursday
Jun212018

Project of the Month and Award Winning Central Park in Glen Oaks

A dynamic greenspace unites the campus and offers passive and active recreation. Photo Credit: Nick Onesto

Goldberg & Rodler has won a LINLA Gold Award and a NYSNLA Environmental Beautification Award for the Central Park we designed and installed at Zucker Hillside Hospital - Northwell Health’s nationally recognized behavioral health center. This hospital campus is a renowned psychiatric facility in Glen Oaks, New York. The hospital administration requested a park-like concept that provides beautiful views and outdoor experiences for the employees, doctors, outpatients, family members and friends visiting with patients. Interaction with nature is one of the hospital’s earliest tenets. When the facility was founded in 1927 therapeutic gardening was one of the original supporting activities and current patients continue the tradition of growing and caring for flowers that are planted throughout the campus. We became involved in making site improvements in the early 1960’s and have been helping the hospital grow and improve while keeping these core values intact.

The newly created open space once had a series of cottages, used for permanently admitted patients to receive therapy, which were in a state of disrepair. The removal of these cottages provided the canvas for the realization of Central Park in Glen Oaks. This park provides staff with areas of respite during their hectic schedules of caring for others and a functional way to get from point A to point B while enjoying this centrally located park-like setting. Benches are in strategic locations for both solitary and social opportunities. Trashcans and recycling bins with secure lids are provided throughout the park along the walks and in the dining terrace to reduce litter, deter foraging animals, and promote a clean environment.


Dining terrace for employees and visitors under mature Sycamore trees. Photo Credit: Sue SoteraAn integrated dining terrace is nestled under mature Sycamore trees. These stately trees provide shade for employees taking a break during the warmer months. The terrace improves the sense of place where an asphalt ambulance parking lot and the dreary cottages once stood. Plaza with raised planter and sculpture for events and casual seating. Photo Credit: Sue SoteraThe central plaza has a raised masonry planter that displays a marble sculpture crafted by an artist with very close personal ties to the facility. We worked closely with the artist to ensure this tribute piece is a focal point. Precise coordination with the transport company was essential to get the marble sculpture shipped from Colorado and installed with a crane on a specially engineered concrete footing. The main plaza borders and inlays are engraved pavers, which we coordinated with the hospital as part of a fundraising drive. They consist of inspirational sayings, memorial tributes, and messages of hope. The plaza is a space to contemplate and gather as part of the healing community.

All season interest from plantings. Photo Credit: Nick OnestoWe planted a diverse selection of trees in the central core of the campus. Flowering trees include Eastern Redbud to usher in spring. Japanese Dogwood and a small Japanese Cherry grove compliment the 60+ year old trees we installed on the campus previously. Crape Myrtle offers late summer color and Witch-Hazel gives a bright yellow pop at the end of gray winters. Red Maple, Dawn Redwood, White Pine, River Birch, and Curly Willow are dispersed throughout the park and will enhance the existing Pine, Sycamore, and Oak canopy as they mature. Hybrid American Elms line the drop off area in front of the new building and frame the north side of the park.

Curly WIllows are practical and beautiful. Photo Credit: Sue SoteraThe newly designed central green space contains programmed and spontaneous recreational areas with ADA accessible concrete walks that wind through the park and connect various points of the campus. Many administrative offices are located in basement levels of the buildings and some have no windows. The open lawn areas in the park create an oasis of open space and are large enough to accommodate tents for special events at the hospital such as Nurses Appreciation Day, training sessions, outdoor meetings and the annual employee picnic. Drainage remediation strategies were introduced to counteract years of compacted poor soil conditions from previous infrastructure and became an important consideration in the design. Decorative and functional gravel infiltration areas with Corkscrew Willows help to direct water away from gathering areas.

Prior to construction, we contracted a private professional markout service to locate all underground utilities. This task was extremely important because this mature healthcare campus contains active oxygen lines, concrete vaults, electrical lines, telephone, cable, alarms, and other vital utilities. Lighting this facility is no small feat and is necessary to create a safe and navigable environment in this 24 hour facility. The 2 story light posts throughout the park are mounted on engineered reinforced concrete bases and are triggered by solar cells when the sun sets. Trenching for the line voltage conduits was a delicate production that involved maneuvering around all of the existing underground utilities and hand digging when necessary to avoid disruption to essential medical care.

The new park setting is a hub of activity. Pedestrians circulate safely, employees dine, and visitors sit and reflect in a serene environment. The transition from tired old cottages to a new vibrant space provides a great user experience and is a tremendous asset to this facility.

Written by: Sal Masullo, Nick Onesto, Ashley Palko Haugsjaa

Friday
Oct162015

Landscape Design Principles and Elements of Composition: 50 Shades of Landscape

This is the third in a series of articles on Landscape Design Principles and Elements of Composition (click here for the first entry on Color and here for the second entry on Texture). Today we want to talk about light and shadow in the landscape. Light and shadow could be simplified into sun and shade but light and shadow are about so much more than that. Light and shadow are about depth and dimension.

Dappled shade on Irregular Bluestone patio surrounded by a vibrant perennial border.There are different types of shade. When talking about plants in particular, there is light, partial, full and deep shade. There can be a total blocking of light, like from a solid roof or dense shade tree, or dappled or intermittent shade, like from a lace canopied shade tree or pergola. Shade is great for sitting and dining areas where you’d like prolonged shade and cooler temperatures. Mature shade trees are worth their weight in gold. Think twice when locating a new pool. You can easily cut down a tree, but it can take decades for a newly planted tree to offer enough shade for a large area.  Most people want their pool and pool patio to be in a sunny area. The sun offers natural warming of the water, but even with warm water, swimming in the shade can be chilly. A pool patio with some umbrellas for sun protection is perfect for keeping the area nice and warm while cooling off in the pool.

There are different types of plants for sun or shade and they run the gamut from full sun all day long to full shade and anywhere in between. Pay attention to flower colors for different lighting scenarios. In deep shade, white, apricot, pale yellow, pastels of pink and lavender, and other light colors really pop and brighten up a shadowy area. In bright sun, vibrant and saturated colors stand out more than their paler counterparts. Deep reds, corals, purples, yellows, oranges and blues stand up to the sun’s dramatic rays.

Pergola casting striped shade over a sophisticated seating area, emphasizing the architectural detail of the overhead structure.Outdoor lighting not only extends the use of a space from day to night, it can be used to highlight architectural features such as this Westchester granite fireplace.Just as shadows can be functional in the day, they are also useful at night. Use shadows for dramatic effect when it is dark out. Pergolas that cast filtered shade during the day can also act as a dramatic filter for light at night. Lighting angled up or down through a pergola sets the scene for an intimate gathering. Using lights in the garden can highlight more than the architectural elements like pergolas and stone walls. Utilize spotlights to display specimen trees. Moonlighting in a mature shade tree is more than functional; it creates a fun nighttime atmosphere. Moonlighting involves placing downward facing light fixtures 30 feet up inside of a tree’s canopy. With the right lighting scheme, not only can a property be used day or night, it can also enhance the beauty of both man and Mother Nature’s architecture.

Aesthetically, light and shadow play a huge part in the drama of our gardens. Functionally, you need a varying palette of height, spread and depth from your plantings to create a harmonized space. Hierarchy is king in our next piece on scale in the garden!

 

Written by Ashley Palko Haugsjaa

Monday
Jan192015

Landscape Design Principles and Elements of Composition: Color

Cool white and purple mixed with hot yellow and red beautifully contrast each other for summer. I often use the perennial Dusty Miller in my annuals arrangements. It lasts a long time and gives the other plants a beautiful foliage accent.This is the first in a series of articles on landscape design principles and elements of composition. There are many different principles of good landscape design. Color, texture, scale, light and shadow all contribute to making an outdoor space enjoyable. Landscapes are customizable and unique site conditions can offer both inspiration and a challenge. One of the most frequent requests I hear when establishing a program for a client is, “I want color!” My clients derive great joy from sitting in their backyards surrounded by shrubs and perennials bursting with color or to look out your kitchen window and glimpse annual flowers threading through the landscape. There is a veritable rainbow of summer flowering annuals to choose from every year, but they’re not the only option for color in your landscape.

Black-Eyed Susan 'Goldsturm' on fire in a mass.There are different color tones you can use to set the feel for a garden’s color palette. Soft pastel tones or hot vibrant colors, cool colors like blue and purple, even white and green count in the garden and can change the feel of the space. On the softer side, great for cottage and perennial gardens, pale pastel pink Astilbe ‘Erika’ brightens up a shady area. The creamy, buttery tones of Coreopsis ‘Moonbeam’ and Daylily ‘Happy Returns’ show off pastel yellows for summer sun.

If you want a landscape on fire in full sun, interwoven groupings of saturated oranges, reds and yellows play off each other perfectly. A mass of pure yellow Black-Eyed Susan ‘Goldsturm’ backed by the deep red Coneflower ‘Tomato Soup’ with golden yellow Daylily ‘Stella D’Oro’ along the front border of the bed highlights the hot tones of summer.

Classic blue Hydrangea bordering a wooded area define the edge of the space.On the opposite end of the spectrum, cool off with a purple or blue flowering shrub like whimsical purple flowering Buddleia or classic blue Hydrangea, putting cooler, deeper colors into the landscape.  Purple and blue need a bright hue to highlight their best. Yellow and orange compliment blue and purple very well but white is often forgotten as a color. Add some bright white New Guinea Impatiens for a cool twist along the border or plant a white Pee Gee hydrangea to punctuate a mass of periphery planting.

Green is an often overlooked color in the landscape. A deft eye is necessary to highlight greens rather than letting them fade into the background. Edges of a wooded area can be softened with rhododendrons and azaleas and then transition into more organized groupings of perennials and ground covers as the bed meets a maintained lawn. Hydrangeas can offer a lush border while keeping a naturalistic feel to the edge of a wooded area. 

Although it is used mainly as a shade plant, Hakonechloa will take some sun. Paired with Red Knockout Roses, the lime green foliage and red roses really complement each other.Color is more challenging in a shaded area. Flowers tend to do their best work with more light but there are some standout shade plants that have a lot to offer. There are a lot of shade flowering perennials and shrubs and color isn’t just about flowers; foliage comes in many colors! Japanese Painted Fern, Hakonechloa, and coral bells (which have their own rainbow of cultivars to choose from) will brighten up any shady space. Again, don’t overlook the power of white in the landscape. White flowers or foliage in a shady area brightens up the darkest spots. Variegated Liriope, many different cultivars of variegated Hosta and white flowering perennials like Bleeding Heart, Hellebore, and Gallium (Sweet Woodruff) are all options for shady spots.

Color is an important consideration in the overall context of your garden and needs to be thoughtfully integrated with the other elements of good composition introduced earlier. In my next article I’m going to highlight textures in the landscape so don’t miss it! 

Written by Ashley Palko Haugsjaa

Pictures by Ashley Palko Haugsjaa

Thursday
Jul032014

Natural Privacy Screens

Green Giant Arborvitae with a mix of Annabelle Hydrangea and daylily in front.There is a certain serenity and security to enjoying your garden without the feeling that your being watched.  Privacy is very important to most of us and creating a beautiful natural privacy screen for your property and outdoor living room with plants is great way to introduce color, texture and fragrance into the landscape, and it can be a much more attractive solution than a fence.

Tall evergreen trees like Nellie Stevens Holly, Blue Spruce and Great Western Arborvitae are an effective way to give you privacy screening.  These provide dense evergreen foliage all year round and are low maintenance plants. Some evergreens can be sheared to form a dense privacy wall with the effective height being maintained taller than building codes allow for fencing.

A dense holly hedge in front of blue Spruce creates a double layer of privacy.In addition to trees many shrubs come in upright form.  Privet, Yew and Japanese Holly have dense branching patterns and they create a natural visual barrier. Shearing these regularly will lend a more formal look to your landscape.  These shrubs also provide an excellent background for flowering shrubs and perennials planted in front. This creates a multi-tiered privacy planting with 4 season interest.

To provide additional seasonal interest to any evergreen privacy planting, mix in a variety of flowering plants like fragrant Viburnum, Lilac and Butterfly Bush.  The next layer of interest comes from long blooming perennials like Nepeta, Rudbeckia and Echinacea. These plants will attract birds and butterflies and add colorful splashes providing spring, summer and fall interest to your yard.

If your yard requires plants that will tolerate more shade than sun and also provide the privacy you desire, plant varieties like Skip Laurel, American Holly and Rhododendron along the property line and supplement that planting with perennials like Hosta, Astilbe and Fern.

Another screening option is to use lattice panels with vines planted either in the ground or in decorative containers placed around the edges of your patio creating a private outdoor room. Vines such as Clematis, Wisteria, Trumpet Vine and climbing Hydrangea will give you a lush vertical carpet of foliage and flowers.

As you can see, there are many ways besides fencing that can screen out your neighbors and help create a quiet intimate space within your garden.  Do it the natural way by using plants! Let Goldberg and Rodler's team of professionals design and install a natural privacy screen to privatize your personal garden oasis.

Written by Rich Lambert

Friday
Mar212014

Winter Damage Assessment - Tree Care Long Island

Our team follows safety protocol pruning dead trees and shrubs, keeping your home and family out of harms way.It’s been a rough winter. Many of our trees and shrubs were damaged: Leaning over, possibly breaking with heavy snow loads, filled with dead wood and hazardous to our landscape. Our children will be playing outside soon so you need to check for safety as well as the health of your trees and shrubs.

With our certified arborists, Tree Care Long Island can provide a thorough diagnosis and evaluation of your property before the growing season begins. You probably haven't been outside recently and walked around your property to see what winter damage there is, so it is important to have a professional help evaluate your property.

Shrubs as well as trees should be treated, pruned or removed if they are hazardous. From our observation, properties that were pruned before Hurricane Sandy suffered minimal damage to property and home. Many properties still need this type of maintenance oriented horticultural pruning. Is your landscape ready for the next major storm?

Winter and early spring are the ideal time to address winter damage and structural issues with pruning and removals. Fertilization and environmentally safe pest control are also recommended.

Protect your property and family. Start a free site evaluation with our certified arborist from Tree Care Long Island.  Call (631) 271-6460 or email us today.

Written by Richard Schneider