|In 2008, ASLA introduced the Legacy Project as a gift to the host city of the Annual Meeting and EXPO. The host chapter ASLA members team up with the local affiliate of the ACE Mentor Program to design a project using products donated by generous EXPO exhibitors to be installed after the meeting. Many EXPO exhibitors donate products and plants for the project, allowing ASLA to give back to the city that hosts the meeting.
This year’s ASLA legacy project will upgrade the horticulture program greenhouse and build a courtyard garden at Metro Tech High School in Phoenix. Metro Tech provides vocational training to students from 15 high schools in the Phoenix Union High School District. The ASLA Arizona chapter will work with ACE mentor students and Metro Tech students and faculty to upgrade the facilities with paved spaces, raised planters, benches, and gardens. The volunteers are developing the project as a coordinated effort with the schools’ culinary and drafting departments, incorporating it into the curriculum.
ASLA/ACE Legacy Project volunteers, students, and product donors will be recognized during the opening general session on Saturday, September 29, at 8:00 a.m. at the Phoenix Convention Center. A special ad recognizing the donors will run in Landscape Architecture Magazine following the meeting.
Listed below are items needed for the project. If you can provide any of these, please contact Galen Drake, ASLA, of Stantec, at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you don’t see the plants or products you can offer listed, please offer them anyway. The volunteers will try to incorporate them.
|ITEM|| EST. QUANTITY|| DESCRIPTION|
|Permeable pavers||600–1,500 SF ||Variety of types |
|Benches||8–10 ||Recycled materials preferred |
|Shade structure||1 10’x10’ minimum ||Metal w/solid roof or tensile structure |
|Shade cloth||1,000 SF minimum |
|Tree Grates||3–6 |
|Trench Drain||20 LF minimum |
|Lights (low voltage or solar)||6 lights minimum ||Complete system w/wire + transformer |
|Drip irrigation equipment||Should include emitters, tubing, valves |
|Irrigation controller||1||Capable of handling multiple programs |
|Fencing||120 LF ||Ornamental metal, 6 feet high preferred |
|Picnic tables/outdoor tables||4–8 ||Recycled materials preferred |
|Pots (min 12" dia)||10–20 |
|Composting equipment||2 systems |
|Trash and recycling receptacles||2 of each |
|Trellises ||6 minimum |
|Rainwater Harvesting Equipment||1 system |
|Outdoor speakers||3–6 |
|Mulch, soil amendments|
|Plants||Native plants preferred |
|Custom Signage||For the whole garden + specific signs |
|Edging||For beds or pavers |
|Garden ornaments||Natural materials, such as stone |
|Retaining wall blocks||For construction of 2- to 3-foot-high planters |
|Outdoor kitchen appliances*||Oven, grill, counter, sink, refrigerator |
|Subsurface drainage system||For raised planters |
* This would be used through coordinated programs with the culinary department and classes.