Archive | Landscape Design

The Compelling Case for Coreopsis

by George Coombs With new cultivars arriving on the market each year, it’s hard to deny the incredible popularity of coreopsis. Their colorful, daisy-like blooms are a coveted addition to the summer landscape. Unfortunately, many people are frustrated with coreopsis due to their unpredictable and often short-lived nature.  For this reason, Mt. Cuba Center conducted […]

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Tasteful Outdoor Lighting, Responsibly

by Jennifer Nichols I was recently asked if GreenWeaver installs outdoor lighting. Any good business person would immediately jump on this opportunity to sell additional services to a client, but I always respond to this question with reservation. As an environmentally responsible landscape company, how do we justify adding services that require electricity, have the […]

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Mixing It Up – Can Edibles and Ornamentals Get Along in a Designed Garden?

by Ellen Sousa Many people love the idea of including functional plants (edibles and herbs) in ornamental plantings, but in reality it’s not always easy to achieve an acceptable aesthetic without careful design, plant selection, and attention to each plant’s growth habit and needs. Vegetable gardens tend toward the messy side, and popular fruit and […]

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Light Gives Form to Landscape Architecture

by Lukas Sturm As a trained Landscape Architect, I decided to change my career 15 years ago, not because I found the profession unfulfilling, but because I wanted to enhance my involvement in the profession. I discovered a field that would allow me to contribute to Landscape Architecture in a manner that would enhance the […]

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Book Review: Planting in Post-Wild World

Written by Thomas Rainer and Claudia West Published by Timber Press, 2015 Reviewed by Penny Lewis Few books have the power to inspire your design sense, ignite your plant passion, and resonate with your ecological moral compass. Planting in a Post-Wild World is such a book. Two leading figures in ecological landscape design, Thomas Rainer […]

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Observations from the Minneapolis St. Paul Season

by Daniel Peterson What a fantastic season for landscapes. The weather has been exceptionally cooperative in the Minneapolis St. Paul area. Pollinators have had a busy year from early April until the beginning of November. There has been an upswing in client interest for more ecologically sound landscape design/installation practice with thoughts going beyond a […]

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Home Outside: Creating the Landscape You Love

The following excerpt is from Home Outside: Creating the Landscape You Love by Julie Moir Messervy (The Taunton Press, 2009), pages 171-173. Auditing Energy It may sound strange, but the first thing I do when I visit a new property is to perform a kind of mental “energy audit” on the landscape. I’m not talking […]

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