In the spring of
2003, three Morrisville State College Landscape Architecture students
submitted the winning entry for a landscape design competition sponsored
by the New York State Nursery and Landscape Association (NYSNLA).
Rudi Hendricks, Brian Shutts, and Tina Wiers worked with Assistant
Professor Aida Khalil on the redesign of a courtyard garden in the
Horticulture Building at The State Fair Grounds.
Their design solution incorporated several program elements including
an awards display area, a water feature, seating walls, various
hardscape materials and tiered beds of woody & herbaceous plantings.
Utilizing a diagonal layout theme and a tiered planting scheme,
their design concept maximized the use of space and overcame the
spatial constraints of the courtyard garden. The final illustrative
plan was presented at a NYSNLA awards ceremony and displayed in
the Horticulture Building during the 2003 State Fair. These students
will continue to be involved in the construction & installation
of the new garden which is projected to open in time for the 2004
New York State Fair.