The Jule Collins Smith
Museum of Art

Overlooking a three acre lake, The
Jule Collins Smith Museum of Art
commands the most prominent
location on the museum campus.
The entry drive affords a grand
view of the building while sweeping
around the lake to the drop-off.
Visitors are greeted at the museum
building by a formal garden, which
faces an historic crop rotation field.
A reflecting pool links the vehicular
drop-off to the building entrance.
Positioned at the end of the pool, a
sculpture piece by Jean Woodham
reflects its elegant form in the water.
Flanking each side of the granite
entry walk, is a dramatic series of
outdoor garden rooms. Panels of
lawn surrounded by gravel walks
and perennials lead to “secret
gardens” with quiet fountains, and
sitting areas amid displays of Ferns,
Hydrangeas, Irises and other
ornamentals. Strategically placed
sculpture pieces beckon visitors to
enter distant gardens.

NLA won a 2008 ASLA (American Society of Landscape Architects) Alabama Honor Award in recognition of Outstanding Professional Achievement for their Landscape Design services for  the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Art.


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