Philadelphia University Student Wins Tyler Arboretum Design Competition

By Claudia Goetz Phillips, ASLA

Second-year Philadelphia University Landscape Architecture students, under the direction of Dr. Claudia Goetz Phillips, ASLA, entered Tyler Arboretum’s Design Competition—Totally Terrific Treehouses.  The Program was thrilled to learn that Mitchell Boodey’s design was deemed a winner!

Mitchell’s design was titled “Take Me to Your Roots.”  He describes his design this way—“Experience the unseen roots beneath a tree in a design that emphasizes the extent of a typical root system and the beauty its patterns.  The roots, whose purpose is to take up water and nutrients, are here represented by recycled tire mulch dyed Caribbean blue.  Masses of native wild flowers are planted in between the roots among fields of tall grasses.”

Over the last month 16 unique and varied tree houses have been designed and built by local landscape architects, architects, landscape designers, metal workers, carpenters, artists.  The tree houses will be on display at Tyler Arboretum in Media from May 31 to September 20, 2008.

Sponsors for Mitchell’s tree house installation include: Philadelphia University, Plant It Earth Gardens, PA/DE Chapter of ASLA, Grace Bruder Brielle, The Boodey Family, and Fleetwood Building Block.

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