A Look at Summer Abundance, on a Winter's Afternoon with West Cook Wild Ones and Friends!

I had fun sharing my experiences, observations, and strategies for “re-ecologizing” with Wild Ones, West Cook this past weekend…. Here are a few snippets from the presentation I gave. I discussed plant community-based design, and native-plant-community based design and installation and stewardship gardening, and touched on soil health and, of course, monarchs. Check out theirContinue reading “A Look at Summer Abundance, on a Winter's Afternoon with West Cook Wild Ones and Friends!”

Spring is …..

Come on a journey with me. I have a tale of butterflies, native plants community-based designed landscapes, and soil life. It is a story of beauty and abundance, design legibility and soils health. I will talk about how to shift the landscape maintenance paradigm to stewardship gardening, and how, on a location with a 30-plusContinue reading “Spring is …..”

Walk the site with me

Please enjoy this tour of a Re-Ecology LTD project! Contact us if you would like more details about this project, or if you would like to transition your corporate site to a sustainable and beautiful landscape! This video was made in December 2018. My role on this project was design and oversight for a specialtyContinue reading “Walk the site with me”

Urban Tree Roots – take a journey

Urban trees are part of our infrastructure. They must co-exist with all the curbs, paving, utilities, and our movements. Various soils and media are available to help address issues like compaction of the growing media, and heaving of paved areas due to tree roots. I have done projects in the past where we spec’d CU-StructuralContinue reading “Urban Tree Roots – take a journey”

Magic tree, magical beach….

Years and years ago, I was asked to design “bird-friendly” native plantings for a parking lot for one of Chicago’s Harbors. It wasn’t quite the first time I was asked to do something like this – all native plants – but it was still memorable. That particular design never was installed, but since then, theContinue reading “Magic tree, magical beach….”

Landscape Architecture

Landscape Architecture creates our built spaces by harmonizing the dialogue among science, culture, and environment. Everywhere there is human culture, there is landscape architecture, formally or informally. Interested in expanding your purview? The Department of Landscape Architecture at Illinois is hosting an Islamic Landscape Symposium on September 13 to explore the design of contemporary Islamic gardens andContinue reading “Landscape Architecture”

Fools and Dreamers indeed… and the weeds may redeem us all

Magical place nurtured back to nature. Great lesson here about gorse. Soil wishes to be covered, so, there are always plants up for the job. Some of them, and most of them in places we disturb, are likely considered weeds. Perhaps we need to be clearer in our intention, step back in our understanding, andContinue reading “Fools and Dreamers indeed… and the weeds may redeem us all”