Regenerative Methods While each of our designs is intensely individual, every project employs fundamental best management practices that seek to conserve existing resources, protect the environment and maximize wildlife opportunities. Whenever possible we choose low impact solutions that prevent soil compaction and erosion, reduce non-point source pollution, and minimize the use of non-renewable resources.
All of our designs feature strategies to capture and infiltrate rainwater such as French drains or pop-up emitters, rain barrels & chains, cisterns, rain gardens, and pervious surfaces.
In addition to creatively recycling existing materials, we delight in the hunt for unique, eco-friendly local materials to unify and punctuate each space.
By closely studying how plants site themselves in their natural habitats, we seek to recreate the multi-season appeal and subtle beauty of native plant communities in the wild. In addition, these plant communities provide the wildlife habitat and genetic diversity essential for the support of healthy ecosystems.
Our “plant-centric” designs feature native plants of local provenance. These are plants propagated from sources within our specific geographical region. This distinction is important for several reasons. First and foremost, our gardens simply grow better! Because local ecotype plants are best adapted to existing soil, precipitation rates and climate, they tend to thrive with less man-made inputs and less maintenance. In addition, these plants support the widest array of local pollinators and other wildlife while preserving the natural variability of individual species.
Unfortunately, locally native plants are still not widely available. To source these plants, we have cultivated close relationships with several reputable growers and small, specialty nurseries. As an added bonus, these relationships often provide us with the opportunity to feature rare and unique specimens simply not seen in other gardens.