So, what do you think? Was this summer’s Bourbon edition of ReSurfaced better? Or did you prefer the beer garden original last fall? Since we rededicated Broken Sidewalk the first time around, we have a certain affinity for sodden mounds and raw shipping containers, but this news makes the bourbon round shine as well: Landscape architect Patrick Henry, designer of both editions, has repurposed 18 trees, replanting them at Eiderdown in German-Paristown.
“I had always agreed to try to purchase back the ReSurfaced trees from City Collaborative & Louisville Downtown Partnership, if I could find a project for them,” Henry told Broken Sidewalk. “I thought the Eiderdown project would be a perfect project to do this on, since James and Heather (owners of Eiderdown and Nachbar) were such big partners in the first ReSurfaced project.”
Henry, who lives in the neighborhood, created the master plan for the restaurant. The trees include European Hornbeam and Thornless Honeylocust. “Neither are native trees but they’re very tolerant of urban conditions” like heat and pollution, Henry said. “They help in that they’re already large trees, creating an immediate impact, visually and habitat-wise, and they will hopefully encourage other property owners to follow suit.
“Germantown is so desperately in need of trees and examples of good design,” Henry said, adding that “Eiderdown has been at the forefront of changing the face of Germantown. They were the first, somewhat-upscale restaurant to stake their ground in this neighborhood, and they’re adding to the aesthetic of it by investing their property.”