Ron Henderson and L+A Landscape Architecture will work with the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum to install the Lynch Courtyard "Garden of 99 Trees" as a permanent garden. The garden was first designed and installed by L+A in the Winter of 2011 as the inaugural temporary garden exhibition in the Lynch Courtyard - the entry garden of the museum's expansion designed by Renzo Piano Building Workshop. The Museum has invited L+A to make the temporary exhibition garden into a permanent garden.
The garden is a densely-gridded thicket of Ulmus parvifolia 'Dynasty", Chinese lacebark elms, underplanted with Hamamelis x intermedia 'Jelena', a hybrid witchhazel, and Scilla siberica, blue squill. The elms are stabilized with bamboo guying and jute lashing that draws from Asian horticultural traditions - a practice that amplifies evidence of the precise spacing and uniform density of the elms. The elms in the permanent garden (which are the same specimens as those in the temporary garden) will be pleached into an aerial hedge to establish a dense branching and healthy growth habit within the enclosed courtyard. The permanent garden will also include ferns interplanted among the witchhazel and squill.
The Lynch Courtyard Garden continues Henderson / L+A's sixteen year award-winning association with the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Previous projects with the Museum have received a Massachusetts Horticultural Society Gold Medal and a Special Award from the Boston Society of Landscape Architects. The 2011 Gardens of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum received a Merit Award for Design from the Rhode Island Society of Landscape Architects and were published widely - including a feature essay in Japan's Landscape Architecture Design magazine.
Henderson, FASLA, is founding principal of L+A Landscape Architecture, holds the Stuckeman Chair in Integrative Design, and is professor of landscape architecture and Asian studies at Penn State.