Now that spring weather has arrived, Woodmere has reached one of the most exciting milestones in a new construction community; installing the landscaping!
Whether choosing between annuals or perennials or deciding on the best types of trees to plant, landscaping is not a task to take lightly. The process begins with formulating a vision that speaks to the uniqueness of the community.
Alan Aukeman of Ryan Associates, the landscape architect for Woodmere at Brush Hill, explains the vision for Woodmere from the beginning. “Our vision for Woodmere is to anchor the community within the context of the historic estate setting, and to think of the neighborhood as an “evolved estate”.
For example, during the land planning phase, the Woodmere team worked diligently to maintain existing trees and to make the community feel like, according to Aukemen, “a collection of residences each thoughtfully positioned around the grounds of the Estate House”.
One area that set the tone for the community is the entrance. For Woodmere, rather than installing a large entry sign typically found in a new condominium community, the team adapted the existing stone wall along Brush Hill Road, which serves as a piece of living history to the area, and put the name of the community in small lettering on the stone piers that flank the entrance. Granite cobble in the roadway at the entrance was also used to create a threshold that offers, as Aukeman explains, “a subtle sense of difference and specialness that is inviting, yet private”.
Plantings between and behind the homes at Woodmere, and along the curving roads, are intended to provide seasonal color and privacy. Plant selections are a mix of old-fashioned plants, such as lilacs, woodland flowers and native plants that are common in the area.
Stop by and see a firsthand view of our progress. Our Sales Center is open Friday-Tuesday, 10 a.m – 4 p.m., or by appointment.