Hosted by Willow Cheeley
My garden is a daily practice in a set of beliefs I’ve held since I could toddle outside. All environments, including and especially our backyards, are habitats for living things. I use design language to express my ideas and balance the human experience in my garden, but it’s not a set-piece. The garden is experimental and adaptive to change. It’s joyful and persistent. Visitors are given familiar spatial references but nudged to read the landscape on its own terms.
I started almost 15 years ago by pulling apart the materials and assumptions of the traditional suburban landscape that came with our house. Four-dimensional plant associations now support generations of critters. I don’t have a large property, but give priority to native plants and animals otherwise losing ground in my neighborhood. Every year I make additions or alterations as I work with what the garden wants to be.
About Our Tour Host
Willow Cheeley, RLA, Willow is a Registered Landscape Architect with a lifelong interest in ecological design. Her background includes a degree in Natural Resources, the design of municipal parks and playgrounds, working with volunteers, and developing creative ways to engage and educate the public.
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