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Quantifying Sustainability: Santa Monica’s “Garden/Garden” Project

by Owen Dell Amid a sea of talk about the benefits of sustainable landscaping, there is precious little information to prove that it actually makes sense, environmentally or economically. Landscape professionals have long operated on a hunch that sustainable landscapes save water, reduce labor, minimize fossil fuel use, and offer other benefits over conventional turf-and-flowerbed…

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Designing Winter Landscapes, Part 2

In the second of two articles, Scott LaFleur focuses on great New England native plants that introduce wonderful colors and textures of bark into the winter landscape. Incorporate his recommendations in your spring designs and enjoy interesting gardens throughout the winter.

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Human Nature

Linking natural systems with human ecology to develop sustainable and meaningful landscapes. by Ann Kearsley Evidence of the history of human habitation in New England surrounds us, knit seamlessly into the texture of our daily lives. This landscape has been shaped by generations of people living on the land, their cultures and actions precipitating and…

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Designing Winter Landscapes

by Scott LaFleur Tired of a bleak view of winter out the window? This first article in a three-part series starts you planning this spring for a garden with interest all winter long by providing a framework and theory for Scott’s vision of winter garden design. Future articles put theory into more practicable terms, providing…

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Habits of Observation: Letting Site Inform Design

by Lindsay Knapp I had dinner with an artist friend years ago and, still chatting in the parking lot of a favorite restaurant, the conversation turned to the difference between an artist’s eye and the rest of us. I’d long thought that artists simply had different output; they saw what we saw but in their…

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Transforming a Storm-Damaged Landscape

by Martha Coutts-Eisenberg In January 1998, Randolph, in northern New Hampshire, experienced a once-in-a-hundred-year ice storm. Nearly three-quarters of the large trees lost their crowns, covered by 6 inches of ice. Imagine the sound of trees snapping and branches falling for five days as the ice got thicker and heavier. What a dreadful feeling to…

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Coastal Buffer Zones

Article by: Kate Venturini, of the URI Outreach Center Buffer zones between development and shoreline habitat are attempted in many states, but rarely work well enough to protect the ecosystem. Laws and enforcement vary between communities, as do development histories and how people interact with the environment. Realizing this dilemma, land developers are finding common…

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