Landscape Architects, Architects, Exhibit Design, Master Planning  

MESA developed a Master Plan for the 100 acre arboretum and botanical garden. The master plan provides for several amenities and opportunities to experience many varied environments. Proposed improvements include Visitors and Administration Center, a Wildflower Meadow and Prairie Restoration, Woodland Walk and Garden, and The Aquatic and Marsh Garden. A looping trail system allows the visitor the ability to select from several options. These separate gardens will consist of indigenous plant collections as well as exotic plants suited for their respective habitats. Also proposed is the East Texas Heritage Area, which includes the development of an "historic settlement" that conveys some of the cultural and historic contributions of the area is located on the Eastern edge of the site. In addition to the natural settings the Master Plan provides a Research and Education Area separate from the garden. Classrooms, laboratories, offices, maintenance areas, compost facilities and experimental gardens will all be incorporated as part of this development.