Archive | Landscape Design

From Swimming Hole to Artful Landscape

by Shawn Mayers Franklin, MA, hired groundSwell Designs in 2013 to develop a schematic master plan for a small town parcel that had been neglected for almost 50 years.  The wetland site had served as the city’s “swimming hole” in the 1930s.  A municipality with an extremely limited budget, all construction was to be completed by […]

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Walk on the Wild Side

by Noel Kingsbury Reprinted with permission of the author from New Small Garden, Quarto Publishing, September 2016. Plants make a garden. There are gardens constructed without plants, but the absence of green living things in a space dubbed a ‘garden’ is more often than not a gimmick. For most people, a garden is inconceivable without […]

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Conifers: The New Foundation Planting

by Christie Dustman I couldn’t help but notice what plants did well this summer during and after the horrendous drought. You named it – conifers! If you looked around while driving, you may have seen what I saw – Pieris, Rhododendrons, Azaleas, Hydrangeas, and the almost indestructible burning bush looking pretty sorry this summer in […]

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Designing with the Ecosystem: Don’t Reinvent the Wheel, Catch a Ride on It

by Emily Davis I recently presented to permaculture practitioners about complex ecological characteristics, their implications for design work, and why they’re important to study. What was interesting to me was the response from these eager ecological designers-to-be; questions were not about ecological principles and dynamism, but rather site particulars and specific strategies. What zone can […]

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