DENVER - College of Architecture and Planning Instructor Emmanuel Didier
, principal at DidierDesignStudio in Fort Collins, is principal designer for the new Children’s Garden at the H. O. Smith Botanic Gardens in The Penn State University Arboretum.
The $3.6 million garden is being developed to help children and adults understand their connections to nature and the environment. The garden has been made possible through two leadership gifts totaling $4.1 million, from Edward R. and Helen S. Hintz and Charles H. “Skip” Smith. This includes the creation of an endowment to maintain the garden and to develop educational programs.
The programs, targeted for children ages three to 12, will focus on Pennsylvania’s geomorphology and its flora, fauna and culture. The design of the garden is evocative of the ridge-and-valley landscape of central Pennsylvania. Read the story Penn State Arboretum to Feature Children's Garden