With a nasty forecast still looming and the possibility of losing precious work time, we hit the pavement running today. Our local landscaping expert, BJ Ferguson, arrived at 8:15 and started us off promptly with a real second day treat. BJ shared his journey for becoming a local landscaping entrepreneur with us and how it all began as a family. Born and raised near Terril, BJ's father and uncle started Ferguson's Landscaping on their family farm where sod and trees were grown for the business. Next, he shared personal experiences and gave great advice for consideration when planning their designs.
BJ brought a collection of landscaping and plant books to share with us. The books provided us with multiple material options. From them, we were able to glean some pretty cool design ideas. At this point, our creative juices began to flow......and oh, what a day it would be!!
At 10:00 AM, we did a short team reflection and quickly moved into the lab to get on the computers. We broke our team out into smaller groups. Some of us drew out potential designs using paper and pencil first, focusing on our major park features and placement options for each. Then, using measurements of the property (provided to us by Planning and Zoning), we plotted out our design space and got to work. Some of us went to the library to research the history of Milford and the influence of the old grist mills. Other team members worked on researching time capsules and how to best seat them into the park. We were so "into our work", we hardly noticed when lunchtime arrived. My, how time flies!!
By 2:00 PM, our daily team reflection and planning time, we had our preliminary designs in order. We had started our presentations and budgets, and now, we are ready to meet with our architect and construction experts (Adam Van Gorp and Marc Steffes) to move our designs to the next level! Oh, what a day it can be!!