Pedrick's Garden

Located along Vardy Creek, behind the West End Market, Pedrick’s Garden features raised flower beds, a seating lawn, a new pedestrian bridge, public artwork, improved parking and a public fountain.

The two-acre garden, which was completed in the fall of 2014 and serves as an entrance to Falls Park, was designed with four major objectives:

  • to memorialize Pedrick Lowery, a local community leader who was instrumental in the creation of Falls Park;
  • to meet the civic needs of the City as a key piece of its expanding green infrastructure and pedestrian network;
  • to unearth and highlight an historic WPA-era springhouse and path system that had remained beyond the public eye for decades;
  • and to stabilize the creek bank to reduce erosion and improve water quality downstream.

One of the garden’s more unique features is its use of the sunflower, Pedrick’s favorite plant, as a design motif. The sunflower theme was used throughout to establish the hardscape lines, planter edges, fountain shapes, and color scheme.

McLeod Landscape Architects was the landscape architect of record for Pedrick’s Garden, working off of an original plan by Julie Moir Messervy Design Studio, in conjunction with the Carolina Foothills Garden Club, Craig Gaulden Davis Architects, and the City of Greenville. The garden club originally approached the Vermont-based Julie Moir Messervy Design Studio with the idea for a garden to honor Lowery, a horticulturalist, who once served as garden club president. After a formal agreement with the City was reached, a local team was put together, including a landscape architect, architect, civil engineer, and wetland specialist. The team, which collaborated for nearly a year on design development and construction documents, evolved the garden club’s early development drawings into a more elaborate, connective, civic-oriented park, without sacrificing the garden-like qualities of the original design. 

In 2015, the South Carolina Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects presented the President’s Award of Excellence, its highest honor, to the design team for Pedrick’s Garden.

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