June 9, 2010
Sandra and Steven's Courtyard Garden in the Benedicta Arts Center of the College of Saint Benedict received a merit award in the category of private landscape design from the American Society of Landscape Architects - Minnesota Chapter (ASLA-MN) at an awards ceremony in late April.
The project landscape architect was Jean Garbarini of Close Landscape Architecture in Minneapolis. The judges applauded the project for its attention to detail.
"We wanted to create a space for visitors to enjoy both from within the space and when looking at it from the surrounding buildings' windows," Garbarini said. "Like a sculpture, the carefully designed benches, long strips of linear permeable paving, water features, and plantings are meant to be viewed and experienced from different perspectives."
"This has been a great space for the college to use for receptions, performances, weddings and other special events," said Jim Schumann, executive director of facilities and security at CSB. "It's been a nice additional venue for Fine Arts Programming and our events and conferences staff."
ASLA-MN represents nearly 300 professionals in the landscape architecture profession through advocacy, education, communication, and fellowship. ASLA, the national organization, has more than 18,000 members and 48 chapters, representing all 50 states, U.S. territories, and 42 countries around the world.