The Dolores River Brewery Beer Garden
I began work on designing the space for the Dolores River brewery in March, 2020. The vision of the owners was, "to provide intimacy and privacy in a natural setting... and to create an island in the middle of the space, raised to plant some trees and shrubs, with a pathway meandering around it." They also wanted some big rocks for seating and for children to climb on.
I expanded on these foundational ideas and designed a space with over 50 edible, medicinal, and ornamental species. There are various private, but open "rooms" for groups to gather while they enjoy a beverage and music on the patio. There are multilayered plantings from a tree canopy, shrubs, herbs, vines and brambles, spreading wildflowers and grasses, succulents, roots and bulbs. The plantings incorporate native and drought-tolerant species and are centered around a "Celebration" Maple tree. Edible species in this garden include: serviceberrry, aronia, Nanking cherry, Wild plum, fall gold and red raspberry, alpine strawberry, gooseberry, red currant, hazelnut, black elderberry, grape, wild onion, mint, lavender, sage, basil, sweet cicely, rhubarb, lemon balm, motherwort, calendula, cilantro, thyme, oregano, nasturtiums, chives, violets, and many more... Enjoy a short video tour of the garden filmed after planting.