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.
Recent Blog Updates
Where have all the insects gone? A recent radio piece caught my attention, describing a German study which documented dramatic declines (80%) over the past 30 years in the number of flying insects present in nature preserves. (Read it for yourself here) Why we care These insects include many that are important pollinators of food crops and wild plants, and so key to human food systems and to the ecosystems they inhabit. They are also an important foundation of the entire animal food chain. Songbirds, which rely on insect protein for a huge portion of their diets, are in decline in
Gardening and landscaping with native plants is different and sometimes more restrictive than a purely ornamental approach – so having a good reason WHY can be helpful inspiration. For me, the most convincing WHY ever is the way that native plants sustain other organisms around them. The familiar narrative that says native plants are easier to grow and better adapted than non-native plants is only true sometimes, as it depends on what non-native plants you are comparing them to. For example, a parking lot in Portland Oregon may be easily filled with beautiful plants that are easy to grow, require
The process of planning and managing your garden for maximum benefit to yourself and the planet can sometimes start to feel overwhelming. I want my yard and garden to be beautiful, productive, low maintenance, low water use, and full of habitat value and other ecological benefit. Even though this is my chosen obsession, even I can get a little overwhelmed by finding the combination of plants and locations that accomplish everything i’m going for.