In conjunction with a development master plan for this 170-acre resort, Helber Hastert & Fee prepared a Conceptual Landscape Plan and landscape guidelines during the entitlement phase of the project. The proposed resort includes restaurants, recreation amenities, and 250 cottage-style visitor units connected with garden pathways. The former Robinson Family residence, completed in 1897, is one of the main focal points of the development.
A thoughtful and appropriate landscape treatment is an essential component of this special resort destination. The design solution recognizes and respects the historic context of the site and the preservation of existing trees and other features. It also reinforces the rural character imparted by the low rise cottage design and density.
The concept creates a hierarchy of landscape experiences, with relaxed passive gardens and expanses of open lawn areas contrasting with a “country garden” planting theme around the resort cottages and a more intense, tropical planting treatment at the resort’s main facilities.