Our design philosophy is threefold Create beautyWhat is the elusive quality that makes certain spaces so compelling? Every design must respond to a series of practical constraints, yet truly inspired landscapes move beyond function to engage with us on a much deeper level. Landscape design is first and foremost a visual art form governed by universal design principles such as balance, proportion, and unity. These concepts provide a framework for the exploration of each landscape’s unique artistic potential. We begin with a careful analysis of the fundamental character of each site within the context of existing architecture, historical connections and the surrounding environment. These observations lead to the development of an overall design concept that informs each step of the decision-making process. This ‘design-driven’ approach ensures unified, visually harmonious outcomes that seamlessly incorporate pragmatic solutions and aesthetic appeal.
Restore ecological balanceHuman activity and development have irrevocably altered our surrounding landscapes. Although it is not possible to restore the built environment to its undisturbed state, regenerative landscape design can profoundly impact a site’s capacity to support life, preserve natural resources and benefit surrounding ecosystems. We approach each new project as an opportunity to align with existing conditions rather than work against them. By mimicking native plant habitats, implementing storm water management techniques, and taking advantage of local materials, we strive to regenerate healthy landscapes that address today’s challenges and manifest change long into the future. This unique opportunity to collaborate with nature as each garden evolves into its own self-sustaining system is truly one of the most dynamic and rewarding aspects of our work. Facilitate reconnection between people and nature In addition to adverse environmental impact, our modern culture leaves many people largely detached from the natural world. “Nature Deficit Disorder”, a phrase coined by Richard Louv in his seminal book Last Child in the Woods, describes this disconnection and its pervasive effects on our physical and psychological well-being. While humans have long sought refuge in conventional gardens, these spaces may offer little sanctuary for local wildlife. By restoring native plant communities, eliminating toxic inputs and creating appropriate habitat, gardens literally erupt with life. From the endless fascination of quiet observation to the invigorating thrill of active exploration, we strive to provide our clients with individualized opportunities to re-experience nature in ways that are most meaningful to them. We are continually humbled by the healing power of gardens to transform everyday life experience.