Environmental Graphic Design

Houston Arboretum & Nature Center

Houston, Texas

Enhancing a natural setting with a comprehensive sign package

Design Workshop teamed with Leslie Elkins and Main Street to enliven the Houston Arboretum, where environmental graphic design played an integral role. Visitors are greeted by an iconic wall with four artist-designed stainless-steel panels, depicting each of the Arboretum's distinct landscape types. Wayfinding signage aids navigation, while additional signs educate visitors on local flora and fauna. The boardwalk features circular steel inlays that recognize donors, all contributing to a more engaging destination.

Services Provided: Park Master Planning, Park Programming, Landscape Architecture, Wayfinding, Signage & Interpretive Design, Public Outreach, Cost Estimating, Permitting, Construction Observation


  • Honor Award, Analysis & Planning, ASLA National
  • Award of Excellence in Design, ASLA Texas
  • Parks & Natural Areas Award, Honorable Mention, Houston-Galveston Area Council (H-GAC)
  • Award of Excellence, Boston Society of Landscape Architects
  • Project Planning Award, APA Texas
  • Landscape Architecture Award, Longlist, Dezeen Awards
  • Development of Distinction, ULI Houston
  • General Design, Shortlist, World Landscape Architecture (WLA) Awards
  • Merit Award, World Landscape Architecture


Houston Arboretum & Nature Center


Reed|Hilderbrand, Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center, Walter P. Moore, SWCA Environmental Consultants, Dr. Todd Watson, ETM Associates, Frayre Engineering & Consulting, PLLC, HydroGeo Designs LLC, Jeffrey L. Bruce & Company, LLC, E&C Engineers & Consultants, Inc., Lake Flato Architects, Forney Construction, Brightview Landscape Development, Garza Site Development