Archive | Landscape Design

Making Magic with Mosses

by Annie Martin aka Mossin’ Annie Moss landscapes offer a magical appeal with verdant expanses that seem to encapsulate our spirits with a sense of serenity. Yet, the environmental advantages of eco-friendly mosses add another element of magic through the creation of outdoor living spaces that complement natural ecosystems. As Planet Earth’s oldest living land […]

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Good Medicine: The Benefits of Green Infrastructure

by Thomas Benjamin The evolution of Kent Hospital’s Sustainable Campus Landscape Initiative was both capital project and Master Plan driven. In the early 2000s, Kent, located in Warwick, RI, embarked on planning major upgrades to the Emergency Department and Emergency Room, including a 1,393 square meters +/- (15,000 square-foot) Women’s Imaging Center addition, substantial new […]

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Re-Introducing Hedgerows to Residential Landscapes: Why We Still Need a Side Order of Messy

by Rebecca Lindenmeyr Thanks to the pioneering work of E.O. Wilson, Doug Tallamy, Jonathan Foley, Marla Spivak and many others, the public has begun to accept the need for native plants in the landscape in order to help increase biodiversity and protect pollinators. It turns out that people really do like nature and are willing to change their habitats if […]

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When Lightning Strikes: Counting on Disturbance, Planning for Succession

by Travis Beck From Principles of Ecological Landscape Design by Travis Beck. Copyright © 2013 Travis Beck. Reproduced by permission of Island Press, Washington, D.C. Be Prepared for Regionally Common Disturbances Disturbances occur, and our landscapes ought to be ready for them. Hurricanes and wildfires are common natural disturbances whose impacts can be mitigated with sensible […]

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Ecological Design Creates Oasis at Urban Medical Facility

by Amanda Sloan and Dave Renzi As they make the left turn into the Providence, RI doctor’s office parking lot, some patients might set their jaws and steel themselves. The screening procedure these Baby Boom Generation clients are about to undergo – while relatively comfortable, completely routine, and sometimes lifesaving – is one that makes […]

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