FOLLOWING NATURE’S LEAD
BEAUTIFUL FUNCTIONAL DESIGN
People thrive when they feel connected
to their natural environment.
Landscape design that understands and
responds to local ecology and successfully
integrates people into the equation can
foster and deepen that connection to place.
We work with clients to realize their vision of an
outdoor space that’s beautiful, functional
and thoughtfully linked to its
Whether that is a green roof planting for your
business, an edible landscape for your school,
or a peaceful backyard retreat for your home,
we can help you make the connection.
Rotary Youth Center at Morrison
The Rotary Youth Center at Morrison is a multipurpose gym and gathering space being designed for Morrison Family Services at their Sandy Blvd location. The new facility will support treatment, training, physical education, recreation, and group meetings for teens and adults using Morrison’s services. Plans for the updated grounds include an entry plaza, a large rear gathering patio, a playing field, picnic area, a series of exercise pathways and stairs, a variety of seating spaces for informal counseling and relaxation, and native and drought tolerant plantings throughout. The design team is led by EMA Architects. Learn more about the project here.
Recent Blog Updates
Two things that have been on our minds this August are drought and butterflies (and smoke and fires of course.) In my own garden, plants that have always seemed invincible are clearly showing the wear from this year’s high temperatures and lower than normal rainfall. And then a recent radio clip caught our attention with its report that warmer weather is bringing more swallowtail butterflies to the Pacific Northwest, but that many other butterfly species are struggling because of widespread habitat loss. That got us thinking about how to provide for butterflies with water-wise plants. Why butterflies are in trouble
Over the last several months, we have been working with Oregon City’s Gardiner Middle School Green Team to design and install a new garden in a vacant outdoor space between the school building and a portable classroom. The Green Team participants meet after school weekly with their teacher to consider ways to make their school more sustainable, tackling such issues as providing recycling and worm bins in the lunch room. What is a Landscape Architect? We met with the students, several times over a few months. While creating the garden, our goal was also to introduce them to the profession of
A winter visit from a hummingbird is a rare treat that seems impossible and magical. Yet in fact Anna’s hummingbirds have become common winter residents in the Pacific Northwest. What better excuse to plant a winter flowering palette than to feed the hummingbirds? Why are they here? Anna’s are the only species of hummingbird that winters in this region, and their range has been extending northwards only in the past century. Their story described here is an interesting one of adaptation to changing landscapes, first following blue gum eucalyptus north through California, and then over the decades continuing north to