Birmingham, Alabama
General Description
The Fern Glade Society commissioned Sherlock, Smith & Adams with creating a master plan for the walking paths through the Fern Glade. The major intent of the new path system is to bring people through the steep terrain to experience the garden from different vantage points on accessible paths.
The master plan included realigning existing paths and stairs to create an accessible path connecting to other areas of the gardens. The master plan changed bark and aggregate paths to concrete to provide sure footing and simplify maintenance. The concrete path included the impressions of leaves from the garden to soften the look of the concrete in the natural setting. The plan also included an elevated boardwalk that spans an existing stream, creating a unique viewing experience.