EXCITEMENT FOR 2018 -Community Solutions Group/GAI Joins Team For Design Development

The Serenity Garden team at Wekiwa Springs State Park is delighted to announce that the project has now has entered the final design stage.With the innovative concept design approved, the team is now working with the Community Solutions Group (CSG), a specialist landscape architect firm based in Orlando, to produce the detailed documentation and construction plans to allow ground breaking to take place in the first half of 2018.

CSG, part of GAI Consultants, Inc., is a cross-functional team of professionals that helps create sustainable, livable places. The CSG team is led by award-winning Senior Director, Frank Bellomo,

Serenity Garden Design Team Leader and Florida Master Gardener Diane Forrest said, “We believe CSG’s creativity, relative project experience and in-house native plant expertise will be a great fit to work with our team and experts, understand and enhance the project and inclusive therapeutic garden design concepts in place and do so in a timely fashion.”

At the same time, Development Specialists Sarafaith Pekor and Chris Sacca will be designing innovative curriculum, and community engagement programs through the project’s partnership with the Seminole County Master Gardener Program – University of Florida/IFAS.  The intention is to create dynamic opportunities for people with diverse talents and abilities to connect with the Serenity Garden project and participate in its development in a meaningful way.

In the New Year, the design team will be augmented by a number of specialist committees to work on all the details that will make this garden the only one of its kind in the United States. The committees will advise on which Florida native plants to use, the best materials to utilize and how to maximize the sensory experience for everyone using the garden.

If you are interested in learning more about the Serenity Garden or would like to be involved with it, please email Don Philpott at dp@donphilpott.com.



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