Kendeda Canopy Walk
When it opened in 2010, the Kendeda Canopy Walk allowed the Garden to double its size, linking the more formal original gardens with nearly 15 additional acres of woodlands by bridging the entry road. Soaring 40 feet in the air, the 12-foot-wide serpentine bridge gives visitors a bird’s-eye view of Storza Woods, one of the city’s last remaining urban forests, teeming with oaks, hickories, and tulip poplars—including one believed to be the city’s largest.
The unique suspension bridge, with its towering masts that seemingly disappear among the treetops, is considered the largest tree canopy-level walkway of its kind in the United States. The steel and concrete structure, designed by architects Jova/Daniels/Busby, descends to Sourwood Terrace, providing a pause before exploring the woodlands gardens below.
Architect Steve Robinson best described the unique suspension system used in the Canopy Walk's design where he likened the tension between its masts, cables and walkway to a classic ballroom dance move by Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers.