Process

You should have four group members to work on this project. Each of you is going to take on a special role. If your teacher does not assign you each a role, then you may decide upon them yourselves. One of you will be the Principal's Representative.  The second person will be the Landscape Designer.  The third person will be the Civil Engineer. The fourth person will be Accountant.  All of you will work together on all parts of the design, but each role will be in charge of certain things. These special responsibilities are as described below. Take a look at these links to get an idea of what growing vegetables and flowers in Chicago is like. Then read through the different roles so you know what each person is responsible for.

PRINCIPAL'S REPRESENTATIVE: The Representative is the liason between the company and your principal. Since the representative has the most contact with the customer, he or she has the final say on which materials will be used. The Representative is to compile the final list of materials, as well as record the dimensions, and other requirements for all the materials. Finally, the Representative will draw these items in on the final design drawing. He or she is also responsible for making sure that the specific guidelines are followed by the Designer and the Engineer throughout the design process.

LANDSCAPE DESIGNER: The Designer lays out the general design for the project. He or she is responsible for making final decisions about the size and shape of the garden. In doing so, the Designer is also responsible for the area and perimeter calculations for the garden design that is chosen, as well as for drawing the boundaries of garden in on the final drawing. Performing these tasks requires the designer to have a good idea of what the final layout will look like.

CIVIL ENGINEER: The Engineer is responsible for calculations of precisely how fencing will be needed to make the perimeter of the garden.  The Engineer is also responsible for calculations determining how much space is left in the 60' x 30' area after the  garden and fencing are in place, and for drawing the fences in on the final design drawing.
 
ACCOUNTANT:  The accountant will keep track of all costs of creating the garden.  The accountant will create a detailed expense report of all items purchased for the garden.  The accountant will also report to the principal regularly to make sure the group is under budget.  Finally, the accountant will keep track of how much time is spent working on this project.

GUIDELINES The entire area you have to work within is 60 feet long and 30 feet wide. You do not have to use all of this space, but your design must not go beyond it.

THE GARDEN BED:   The garden itself must have only straight sides.-The garden bed must be covered with mulch and topsoil. You may use the internet or your imagination to come up with these materials, but you must clearly describe the material you decide upon, and include a drawing or picture, in your journal.

THE PLANTS:You may include as many vegetables and flowers as you wish, but you must have at least two vegetable and four flower types in your final design. You may place them wherever you wish within the overall 60 foot by 30 foot area, but keep in mind the descriptions and examples of gardens you have looked at while making your final decisions

-You may either choose plants from the links provided below, or you may find your own plants using the internet. Feel free to use plants and information from the links you viewed earlier too, including those mentioned in the video. Make sure that your plants are appropriate for the project, and provide a description of them and include references (i.e., a web address) for your internet sources in your journal log.

OTHER:You may incorporate other ornaments or accessories as you wish, such as laterns or bridges, so long as they are appropriate for the project and do not conflict with the above criteria. You must use the internet to find at least one such ornament, and include it in your design. You can surf through the links below to find some items, or locate your own. Be sure to document this ornament, its dimensions, and your internet source in your journals. [NOTE: For these items only, if an item lists dimensions for height and width, but no dimension for length, then you may assume that the length is equal to the width.)

Document all decisions and information in your journal log-After considering all the criteria, take a little more time to brainstorm. Come together to reach a consensusabout your design. Drawing out some rough sketches of your ideas will probably be very helpful. Then begin laying out your design to produce a blueprint

.LAYING OUT YOUR DESIGN DRAWING:

1] The Landscape Designer should layout the basic design of the garden. He or she should:Draw out the 60' by 30' boundary that the design must fit within. Find the area of this space.

-- Determine the dimensions that the garden will have, and calculate the perimeter and area of this space. Subtract the area of the garden from the overall area to determine how much open space you have left. Record all these calculations in your journal log.

-- Draw the garden space in your chosen location within the larger 60' by 30' boundary.

2] The Customer Representative should compile a list of all the materials you have decided you will need for each aspect of your design. The list of materials will include a bulleted description of:

-The material for the bed of the garden

-The plants you will include

- Other ornaments or accessories you will include

Be sure that all this information is recorded in your journal log, and also attach a complete materials list you final design drawing.

3] The Civil Engineer should now use the material information provided by the Representative about the fencing for the walkway, along with the Designer's calculations about the perimeter of the garden bed, to calculate the amount of fence needed and the the total (cumulative) area this fence will take up.

- Record all these calculations in the journal log

4] The Accountant should research and price all the materials and seeds needed for the garden.  An expense report should be created in Microsoft Excel documenting everything purchased and why it was purchased.  The report should be sent to the principal when competed.  The accountant should also create a time log in Excel documenting how much time is spent actually doing the project.

5] Working with the Designer, the Customer Representative should then draw the vegetables, flowers, ornaments and other items in the design blueprint in their choosen locations. Be sure to label all of the materials precisely and accurately on the design drawing, including dimensions.

***Now read over the the process section again to make sure you didn't miss anything. Then go back and look at the TASK  again to make sure you have accounted for all the criteria and performed all the tasks up to standard so far.***

6] Finally, you will all craft your own project write-ups (maximum 5 pages, double spaced) according to the criteria laid out in the TASK section. This write-up is to be in essay format, and completed as a homework assignment. It should

- Describe what your task and project were, making use of the information you accessed through the links found throughout this WebQuest. This includes a discussion of what you have learned about vegetable/flower gardens, as well as the philosophy and reasons behind growing your own vegetables.

- Describe the process by which you designed your vegetable/flower garden, and your reasons for designing it as you did.

- Describe all the materials included in your design, and reasons for choosing these materials.

***Your group journal log will be beneficial to you all. Look thought to refresh your memories and take some additional notes on it to help you with your write-ups***