FOLLOWING NATURE’S LEAD
BEAUTIFUL FUNCTIONAL DESIGN

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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.



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We work with clients to realize their vision of an
outdoor space that’s beautiful, functional
and thoughtfully linked to its
surrounding ecosystems.

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.

Going Street Commons is a new Net Zero community being designed for Northeast Portland’s Cully neighborhood. It will serve as a model for building durable, comfortable, healthy and extremely energy efficient homes that respect people, communities, and the built and natural environment.

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Gardiner Middle School Garden
Kyla Tanaka | 28, June

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

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The Winter Hummingbird Garden
Caitilin Pope Daum | 17, January

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

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Providing for Urban Pollinators
Caitilin Pope Daum | 07, December

I went to a great talk offered by the East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District on pollinators.  The talk I attended was part of a series that are free and open to the public. The schedule can be seen here. The take away for me was that it’s easy to provide at least some of what pollinators need without renovating your entire landscape or planting exclusively native plants or even putting a lot of energy into cleaning up your garden. In fact, it’s better for the insects and birds if you let your garden run a little wild. I’ll get into that

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