This client spotlight is on San Diego Botanic Garden, who opened their Landscape for Fire Safety Garden in September 2009 with the support of the Encinitas Fire Department. We got to see an amazing demonstration of a fire water drop by fire-fighting helicopter (video below).
I’ve been involved with this garden since 2004, doing a series of interpretive garden signs with my talented colleague, Tanya Bredehoft of Artefact Design. For this garden she created a little logo and unique color palette, and a series of illustrations depicting fire-wise gardening.
For this phase of the project, the Garden was putting in a scale model of a home and landscaping around it. So we took a photo of the home (from the same perspective as the sign would be viewed) and she created an illustration from the photo. This allowed me to greatly reduce the text (two pages originally!) into one clean graphic that gave the key points of landscape design, while referring people to the fire department’s new website for a deeper level of information.
We were pleased to be part of such an important project, which we hope will impact the local community in a positive way the next time we have a wildfire here.