how it works

 philosophy, services, and the typical work process

philosophy

our work's purpose is to create beautiful and inspiring places that awaken the senses, celebrate life on this planet, and reflect our clients' wants, needs, styles, memories, passions and budgets; close attention is paid to design detail

at the same time, we focus on ideas and practices that help rebuild local ecosystems, support and protect wildlife, re-purpose plant and building materials whenever possible, pay close attention to water use and soil health, and generally represent an improvement over so-called conventional methods

 

There are some things we stay away from, roundup application and artificial turf installation being two of those

Design work

full scale landscape design

all architectural styles

ecologically sound solutions

creative concepts

site specific design

masonry

outdoor rooms

lighting

planting design

natives

wildlife habitat

pollinator-supporting landscapes

edible gardens

rain gardens & bio-retention

permaculture design

urban farming

coaching & consultation

installation work

 

natural style stonework

architectural stonework

creative retaining walls

permeable hardscape surfaces

dry set flagstone

creative carpentry

repurposed materials

water-smart drainage systems

bio-retention concepts

efficient irrigation

site specific planting

outdoor lighting

sheet mulching

container planting

winter maintenance

 

some of the above installation work may be done in collaboration with our local contractor colleagues

steps a typical project  may take 

--first site visit & discussion, generally non-obligatory

 

--design proposal,  consultation fee proposal, or other appropriate  planning stage agreement

--first  design draft, discussion, draft revisions as needed

--materials suggestions, samples, stone yard visit, etc.

--plant suggestions via emailed photos and information; nursery visits if/as needed

--project installation estimate

--site preparation, unwanted plant removal

--installation stage, sheet mulching, grading, drainage,        carpentry,  hardscape,  irrigation  and  lighting  setup,  soil   preparation

--plant placement, discussion

--planting

--plant training, staking

--drip irrigation

--lighting

--mulching

every plant brought to the project site has been hand selected for best available form and health condition

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