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Union Station Homeless Services Family Center

Pasadena, CA

Swire Siegel and Picture Perfect Construction, Inc. joined forces to design and install a new courtyard garden at Union Station Homeless Services Family Center in Pasadena. Nature heals and art inspires. The main goal of this project was to make a healing garden for the residents and staff of this facility by providing a "zen" place for quiet reflection with the aura of uplifting hope. By drawing people out into this protected garden the hope is that it will provide them a moment of peace to collect energy and gain new direction and create friendship bonds with others in the garden.

Union Station Homeless Services Family Center photosDownload the Union Station Homeless Services Family Center pdf

Paradise Canyon Elementary School’s Native Plant Garden

La Cañada Flintridge, CA

Ronnie Siegel prepared planting plans and worked with the La Cañada Unified School District to upgrade the irrigation system for a California Native Plant Learning Garden on the campus of Paradise Canyon Elementary School. PTA representative, Lisa Simone, orchestrated several workdays and managed the PTA funding for the project. Local residents, parents, and children of the school participated in the clearing of weeds and debris and the planting of the new landscape. Ronnie Siegel held 3 workshops for children in the Child Educational Center’s after school program on this site to learn about the local environment using this hands on outdoor plant lab. After each class these children helped do garden maintenance especially weeding to keep the garden sustainable.

Paradise Canyon Elementary School Native Plant Garden photosDownload the Paradise Canyon Elementary School Native Plant Garden pdf

Paradise Canyon Elementary School Native Plant Garden PlanDownload the Paradise Canyon Elementary School Native Plant Garden Plan pdf

Activities

Conference and Workshop Presentations

Ronnie Siegel, Landscape Architect, and Dr. Roberta Goldberg, Child Psychologist, The Frostig Center, “The Design of Outdoor Play Environments That Stimulate STEM Learning”, Early Childhood STEM Institute’s conference in San Diego, 2013.

Ronnie Siegel, Landscape Architect,“Designing Play Environments for Preschool Age Children”, guest lecture at Cal Poly Pomona, 2013.

Ronnie Siegel, Landscape Architect, and Dr. Roberta Goldberg, Child Psychologist, The Frostig Center, “Designing Environments to Include Children With Special Needs”, University of California at Berkeley, 2012.

Ronnie Siegel, Landscape Architect, and Dr. Roberta Goldberg, Child Psychologist, The Frostig Center, “The Design of Outdoor Play Environments That Enhance Math and Science Learning”, Early Childhood Math and Science Institute’s second conference in Pasadena, 2012.

Ronnie Siegel, “The Design of Outdoor Play Environments That Enhance Math and Science Learning”, Early Childhood Math and Science Institute’s first conference in Pasadena, 2011.

Ronnie Siegel, Training Workshops for Head Start Teachers, “How to Set up and Maintain A Children’s Vegetable Garden”, January-April 2011.

Ronnie Siegel, Workshop presenter for the Outdoor Classroom initiative funded by the Orfela Foundation and located in Santa Barbara County to instruct preschools and early childhood educators how to design the outdoors to encourage healthful, creative, and educational play, 2009.

Ronnie Siegel, Landscape Architect, and Dr. Roberta Goldberg, Child Psychologist, The Frostig Center, “Re-Ranging the Free Range of Childhood: A Case Study of Preserving Open Space for Children in an Urban Neighborhood”, World Forum on Nature Education at Arbor Day Farm; Nebraska City, Nebraska, July 2008.

Ronnie Siegel, “Designing the Preschool Outdoor Play Environment in Southern California”, Children In Nature- A Country Forum at the University of New England, Armidale, Australia, November 2007.

Ronnie Siegel, “Nature, Playgrounds, and the Outdoor Classroom”, The Outdoor Classroom Project at the Child Educational Center in La Canada Flintridge, California, a series of 20 workshops from 2003-2008.

Ronnie Siegel, “Designing Children’s Play Spaces”, Flintridge Bookstore and Coffeehouse, La Canada Flintridge, CA, 2008.

Ronnie Siegel, “Encouraging Children’s Creative Play by Design”, Kiwanis Club of La Cañada Flintridge, CA, 2000.

Publications and Exhibitions

A Different Kind of Neighborhood Park, by Kay Sales; Children’s Outdoor Environments Newsletter, Winter 2010; ASLA.

Alhambra Unified School District’s Elementary Schools: Taxpayers Invest in Outdoor Spaces to Benefit Children, by Kay Sales; Children’s Outdoor Environments Newsletter, Winter 2010.

Outdoor Spaces: Can the Beautiful Also Be Useful?, EducationARCHITECT, Pica + Sullivan Architects; Jan. 2002.

Native Plant Garden at the Los Angeles Arboretum, Sunset Magazine, May 1999.

Residence in La Cañada Flintridge, Sunset Magazine, March 1997.

Memorial Park Playground, La Canada Flintridge, CA; Landscape Design Magazine Jun/July 1996.

Children’s Play Garden for the Pasadena Showcase House of Design, Better Homes and Gardens Special Interest Publications, Summer 1995.

Children’s Play Garden at the Pasadena Showcase House of Design in 1994 appeared on Good Morning America and cable TV network.

Waterworks on the Hudson River in New York City exhibited at FIT, NY, NY, 1987.

Historic Landscape Study and Master Plan of the Ramble in Central Park exhibited at Harvard University, Graduate School of Design, 1983; at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York,1981; and at the South Street Seaport Museum in New York, 1980.

Book Review for The Politics of Park Design by Galen Cranz, Landscape Journal, 1974.

Committees and Professional Organization Membership

Resources

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Mayors Discovery Park Plant GuideMayors’ Discovery Park Plant Guide, April 2010.

Milton & Harriet Goldberg Recreation Area Plant GuideMilton & Harriet Goldberg Recreation Area Plant Guide, January 2010.