Garden Dialogues 2022: Woodland, MN

Registration Eligibility
Open to landscape architecture professionals, allied designers, and the general public.
Start Date
End Date
The twenty-two-acre Lake Marion Estate invites visitors to cross wetlands, traverse a remnant oak savanna, and navigate a pristine maple-basswood forest. The client asked only for access to the site and the opportunity to enjoy the diversity of the landscape. A network of linked paths with straight lines extend without interruption for as far as possible, emphasizing the topographical changes unique to the area. The paths converge at varied spaces for gathering and contemplation: a Zen raking garden, a floating hammock garden, a recessed fire pit, a sculptural mound, and recreational areas. At each juncture, the path warps into walls, recessed seating areas, and benches. Wherever a path meets a body of water, the material transitions to a raised wooden boardwalk. Wherever a path ends in the maple-basswood forest, the straight-line gesture is extended with distinct art installations of tree branches harvested from the site’s restoration effort .

he project was a comprehensive restoration of the entire property and wetland boundaries, returning the site to its native splendor and revealing its rare diversity.

This Garden Dialogue will be led by Shane Coen from Coen+Partners.
Woodland, MN
Distance Learning
Course Equivalency
Horticulture / Plants
Housing & Community Design
Project Management
Residential Design
Site Planning
Sustainable Development & Design
Water / Stormwater Management
Health, Safety and Welfare
Learning Outcomes
1. Learn how successful landscape architects collaborate with their residential clients to identify and meet their needs.
2. Learn about the design process for developing the landscape and the planting plan.
3. Learn about appropriate plant selection for residential landscapes in this region and zone.
Shane Coen
Course Codes
The Cultural Landscape Foundation

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