There is a gap in
our landscape and land managing industry today between conventional landscapes
and ecological landscapes. My work bridges
the gap, integrating native plant communities-based landscapes into the built
environs can be designed to support Nature, by making beautiful, legible,
designed landscapes, that people consider to be an amenity, not just a wild
place they visit somewhere else or see from afar. As development pressures continue on our
lands, there are more opportunities to restore, and to design, in ways that
The leading edge
of the landscape industry is native plant community-based designed
landscapes. These landscapes, used in
our “ornamental landscape” settings, rely on familiar visual
landscape archetypes and ecological-principles-based design.
sensibilities, rather than gardening sensibilities, are the best way to
maintain these landscapes, even when it is an highly designed aesthetic. The plants, arranged in this designed, but
nature-inspired manner, work together and can thrive together. Because the landscape is healthy, it can
provide valuable ecological services.
over time is important to maintain the landscape as intended, as our desire for
a static aesthetic will be challenged by succession. The oversight of the
stewardship work, and incremental changes over time are best overseen by the
designer. Typically, documentation and
plans should be incorporated to guide future work, and at minimum, a
professional with design sensibility and plant knowledge should be empowered
Ecological restoration-trained crews can be tasked to do most of the regular work of weed management, supplemental plantings, and dividing. Naturally, there are certain gardening tasks that still must be done depending on how “front door” the space, but by no means do these landscapes require the continuous maintenance of the conventional landscape paradigm of bare mulch, individual plants, chemical controls and irrigation.
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