|Legs on underside of tray|
Much of the meeting was spent piecing together the landscape in total and selecting areas of the stone where plants would be located. Some collaboration and visualization was needed to make sure that interesting features in the stones were kept undisturbed, that plants from one section would flow with the next, and the placement of the stones from one section would align itself into the overall design. Much care was taken to try to maintain the cohesiveness of the overall landscape.
Preparing for the plants required some drilling and gouging in the stones. Die grinders with a rasp tool and power drills were used to create hollows for small trees and plants, and members took turns doing this task. In drilling out the hollows, it was important to place the them at a proper angle to allow some plants to cascade over the side of a stone or reach straight upward--and to also to ensure that plants, would not interfere with any of the objects in the adjacent trays.
One issue that has not yet been solved is the problem of finding a material to create the boarders between the land and water feature areas. Such materials as gorilla glue, silicone window caulk, and others have been suggested. Several members are experimenting with how well these materials work and how natural they can be made to look with the addition of sand or soil.
Next up will be the selection of pant materials for the project. Several small species are being considered, mostly evergreens. The whole project should begin to take shape as the spring months approach. Stay tuned; more to come.