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"The Anatomy of a Project"


The debut of the Milwaukee Art Museum addition late in 2001 marked a great moment for our community and our company. Stano Landscaping was the landscape contractor selected to install the trees, shrubs, turf and other plants in the Museum's impressive Cudahy Gardens.

Lining and dividing the walkways and fountains are rows of 288 Hicks Yews and 420 Tauton Yews.


These $8.3 million public gardens were designed by renowned landscape architect, Dan Kiley. The initial phase, completed in 2001, included the 9,000 square foot crab bosque -- a stunning grove of 84 Dwarf Sargent Crab Apple trees surrounded by 24,000 white flowering periwinkle groundcover. In bloom, the selection of stark white plantings will provide an ideal complement to the clean lines of the Museum addition itself.

The Cudahy Gardens officially opened in fall, 2001.


The central garden area features hedges, plazas and fountains within a rectangular site 600 feet long by 100 feet wide. Again, the Garden's clean lines of hedges and walkways parallel those of the new addition. Lining and dividing the walkways and fountains are rows of 288 Hicks Yews and 420 Tauton Yews.






Interestingly, the specifications called for two different colors of grass in a specific pattern along the walkways. It is designed to give the lawn an illusion of shadow cast from the "wings" of the Museum's signature element " the Burke Brise Soleil.


The final phase of the project, completed in mid 2002, included a Linden bosque featuring 23 Greenspire Linden trees surrounded by 190 Boston Ivy, 37 Hicks Yews and 11,550 Purpleleaf Wintercreeper plants. The Linden trees in this area were strung with lights to create a dramatic visual effect.


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