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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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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The Case Of The Disappearing Insects – And What We Can Do About It
Caitilin Pope Daum | 27, October

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 are therefore key to human food systems and to the ecosystems they inhabit. Insects are also the foundation of the animal food chain. Songbirds, which rely on insect protein for a huge portion of their diets, are in decline in both

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