Winner of 2014 Commercial Landscape Construction
This project was awarded 2014 Commercial Landscape Construction by Landscape Newfoundland and Labrador Awards of Landscape Excellence.
Daffodil Place is a 24 room facility in the heart of St. John’s. It is operated by the Newfoundland Cancer Society and it is their head office as well as a ‘home-away-from-home’ for out of town cancer patients while they receive treatment at the hospital.
The Director came to us with one simple goal; allow for the residents to feel at home both inside and out of the facility. A Therapeutic Garden was proposed.
The space designed runs along a very busy road. The first consideration was privacy and noise elimination. A large substantial fence and columnar oaks were specified.
Other design features include a colonnade, a koi pond, several quiet sitting areas and a gathering place with tables and a BBQ for outdoor dining and socializing.
Wheelchair accessibility was kept top of mind and the whole garden is practically on one grade.
The design was complete with 3D renderings so the Cancer Society could begin fundraising. Many community partners and private citizens contributed to this project both with monetary donations and in-kind.
Bowering Gardens was the largest contributor to the installation. Our scope of work included:
- all stone work
- pond Installation and its systems
- colonnade construction and installation
- vegetable bed installation
- outdoor lighting
- softscaping (with the help of volunteers)
Our maintenance team provided education seminars complete with info pamphlets on how to properly plant a tree based on Landscape Industry Certified Guidelines. The volunteers were surprised at how much care was required to guarantee longevity of all softscape materials.
The City provided an exception to their fence height by-law and allowed for an 8 foot fence to be installed all around. The space now was private and sheltered from the wind.
The colonnade had to be perfectly symmetrical from all viewpoints. Our staff paid particular attention to ensure that it was constructed with precision.
The 65 foot long pond is the largest we have ever installed. It features three fountains and a biological marsh filtration system. The fountain intensity can be controlled remotely and looks beautiful at night when lit. It has a copper ion algae reduction filter. The koi were donated by Daisy Design and are very happy in their new home.
The vegetable gardens are wheelchair accessible and the residents participate in healthy living program where they learn to grow their own vegetables.
Taking special care
The property continues to be maintained by Bowering Gardens. The residents use the gardens regularly and find it a great extension to their home away from home.