A Word About Landscape Architecture and Garden Design

Archive for October, 2012

Fall Color Arrives at the Pike’s Peak Garden

We are proud to present these two images of fall color at the Pike’s Peak Garden, which was designed by Seattle Landscape Architect Brooks Kolb and installed ten years ago.  These photographs were taken by the owner, Jeff Lum, in the last week or so.




Volunteer Park Trust Park Cleanup a Success

On September 30, the Volunteer Park Trust hosted a work party to clear invasives and weeds from two major planting beds in Volunteer Park, located just west and north of the north Lily Pond.   Nearly 100 volunteers were on hand on a stunningly beautiful sunny day. Seattle Parks provided gardening tools and guidance, led by Volunteer Park staff gardener Nancy Cifuentes.  As a member of the Volunteer Park Trust stewardship committee, Seattle Landscape Architect Brooks Kolb weeded and mulched along with the best of them!  Seattle Parks Foundation Executive Director Thatcher Bailey and Seattle City Council member Sally Bagshaw were both on hand.  As Chair of the Council’s Parks and Recreation committee, Sally Bagshaw praised the Trust for our high level of organization for the event.  This was the first of many on-going work parties as we begin to clean up all the beds ringing the Volunteer Park reservoir.   In the weeks ahead, look on the calendar at http://www.volunteerparktrust.org for dates of our upcoming work parties.


Here are a few photos from the successful event.

Brooks Kolb with muddy knees


Volunteer Park Trust Website Launched

We’re pleased to announce that the website of the Volunteer Park Trust has just been launched at http://www.volunteerparktrust.org.  This exciting new organization is devoted to stewardship, preservation and management of this jewel of Seattle’s Olmsted Parks and Boulevards system.  In the weeks to come, please check the calendar at http://www.volunteerparktrust.org for upcoming events in the park, including park clean-up projects and our evening of Christmas carols, tentatively scheduled for December 13, 6-7:30 PM.   Seattle Landscape Architect Brooks Kolb is one of the founding members of the Trust’s steering committee, along with Doug Bayley, Eliza Davidson, Winky Hussey and David Dougherty.  We are pleased to welcome new “Volunteers for the Park,” including Kenan Block, Nancy Ianucci and Barb Herrington, among others.  The Trust is sponsored by the Seattle Parks Foundation and the Friends of Seattle’s Olmsted Parks and endorsed by the Seattle Department of Parks and Recreation.

Century 21 Idea House Featured in “Pacific NW” Magazine

We’re excited to report that The Century 21 Idea House was featured in the October 14, 2012 “Fall Home Design 2012” issue of the Seattle Times’ “Pacific NW” Magazine.  The article details the history of this extraordinary house, which was designed by Jack Morse, AIA and developed as a joint project of House and Garden Magazine and Georgia Pacific.   Seattle Landscape Architect Brooks Kolb is quoted regarding his design approach for the garden renovation, as depicted in a fine photograph by Seattle Times staff photographer, Ben Benschneider.

Here’s a link to the article:   http://seattletimes.com/html/pacificnw/2019269927_pacificpworldsfairhouse14.html

For more information about the Century 21 Idea House and garden, please refer to a past entry of this blog.