Archive | Landscape Design

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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Natural Play and Sustainability in a Maryland City Park

by Nancy Striniste As a landscape designer and former teacher, my specialty and passion is creating sustainable natural play and learning spaces. I’ve worked with dozens of schools and early childhood programs in the mid-Atlantic and along the east coast to create a variety of unique, place-based outdoor spaces for children. When a chance to […]

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Effectively Intermingled Perennials

by Dr. Noel Kingsbury I remember, back in 1996, showing the late James van Sweden around a public garden project I was working on at the time, over here in England. I was trying out an approach that intermingled the perennials I was using, rather than using the block planting which was customary at the […]

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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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