Landscape Contractor / Design Build Maintain

SEP 2017

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>> Garrett Churchill, Inc., a landscape company serv- ing the Philadelphia region since 1999, designed and in- stalled the Gil Rosenthal Garden of Peace at the Samuel A. Green House, Elkins Park, Penn. Managed by Federation Housing, Samuel A. Green is a low-income housing tax credit building with 84 one-bedroom apartments for the elderly. The garden offers residents and neighbors a green space where they enjoy the shade, foliage and flowers provided by seven shade trees, three flowering trees, 120 shrubs, and 150 perennials included in the design. Four paths lead to a central circular patio with wood bench seating. The patio's centerpiece is a recirculating water feature installed in core-drilled slabs of granite, one of the reclaimed architectural elements Garrett Churchill saved and used in the project. An old mansion had occupied the site. Federation Housing hoped to renovate it and incorporate it into their facility plan, adjacent to the new apartments. The cost proved to be prohibitive for the non-profit organization. The town approved demolition — if the site would be maintained as a park-like green space. The demolition created a challenge for Garrett Churchill. "We had to remove a lot of debris, and the soil was in poor condition," said Andy Sykes, CLP, PCH, owner, Garrett Churchill, Inc. "We supplemented the soil with compost and organic fertilizer to increase nutrient and water uptake." Above The centerpiece of the patio is a recirculating water feature that utilizes slabs of granite, which are a reclaimed architectural ele- ment from demolition on the site. The core-drilled granite sits on a prefabricated fountain basin that houses the pump, valves and tubing required for the water feature. A Porous Walk in the Garden by David Aquilina, Strategic Storyteller 8 LC DBM Top At the Samuel A. Green House in Elkins Park, Penn., Garrett Churchill, Inc., a top landscape design/build company in the Philadel- phia region, designed and installed the five-foot-wide walking paths and a 24-foot diameter patio in the Gil Rosenthal Garden of Peace. HARDSCAPES Continued on page 10

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