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Cory McCurdy

Cory McCurdy

Scotch Plains, NJ, US

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Salvia and Popcorn Plant attract birds and bees near the Sod Sofa.
Salvia and Popcorn Plant attract birds and bees near the Sod Sofa.
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Mohonk Children's Garden

Mohonk Mountain House Children's Garden

The Children's Garden at the Mohonk Mountain House gives children their own horticultural space in the greater greenhouse complex. The garden features exciting plants, tasty fruits and veggies, and special features built with a child's curiosity in mind. The Sod Sofa provides a seating space covered entirely in turf. The Green TV is a purpose-built planter made from reclaimed wood giving a unique view of the root systems of tubers and other root vegetables through the television's "screen." Both the sofa and TV are situated to give the impression of an outdoor living room. The TV doubles as a convenient camera platform for impromptu family portraits (using the self timer, of course) with Mohonk's picturesque landscape (and 100+ year old weeping beech) in the background. Talkie Tubes allow visitors to project their voices across the garden via underground tubes. Children are amazed at how the tiniest of whispers are clearly audible some 40 feet away.

The Children's Garden features plants arranged in sections according to their unique characteristics. For instance in the Goofy Garden one might find purple potatoes, yellow carrots, and rainbow-colored Swiss chard. Other sections are comprised of plants with interesting textures, edible flowers or leaves, and butterfly and bee attractants. 

 
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Status: Built
Location: New Paltz, NY, US
My Role: Designer
Additional Credits: Cindy Muro - Greenhouse manager, Trevor Harvey - Parks & Grounds Supervisor

 
Sod Sofa and Green TV just after installation. Mohonk's weeping beech tree in the background.
Sod Sofa and Green TV just after installation. Mohonk's weeping beech tree in the background.
A Talkie Tube seen in the foreground.
A Talkie Tube seen in the foreground.

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