Archive | Landscape Design

Musings on Ecology, Art and Music in the Landscape

by Darrel Morrison Increasingly, I am intrigued by the value of linking ecology and ecological processes with art and music in the design of landscapes that might be considered “ecological art.” The products of ecological art have the potential to be, simultaneously:  Ecologically sound  Experientially rich “Of the Place,” reflecting or revealing a sense of […]

Continue Reading

A Walk Through the Woods

by Lauren Stimson Originally published in the Boston Society of Landscape Architects Fieldbook, Spring 2018. It began with a walk through the woods in Western Massachusetts. It was the fall of 2002 at the UMass Amherst Department of Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning (LARP). We were first-year MLA students begrudgingly leaving studio one afternoon to […]

Continue Reading

Book Review: Sowing Beauty

Sowing Beauty: Designing Flowering Meadows from Seed By James Hitchmough Published by Timber Press, 2017 This magnificent volume’s title underscores the work’s poetic reason for being: as a guide to creating beautiful meadows in urban settings. But the book goes much further than that. Within these pages, the designer will find a definitive, broad-reaching and […]

Continue Reading

For the Birds

by Karen Bussolini Bluebirds brighten any day, but their blast of blue and muted melodies especially lift my spirits in winter. On sunny mornings they’re like blue-clad clowns catching drops of snowmelt mid-drip as they hang upside down from the eaves of my garden shed. When every feathered creature around descends on the big old […]

Continue Reading

Water Wise & Whimsy

by Soleil Tranquilli After years of not quite getting around to designing my own landscape, I finally took the first steps toward a complete renovation in 2009. Eight years later, the renovated yard demonstrates our priorities: water conservation, use of predominantly native plants, reuse of materials, and support of wildlife, especially of pollinators. My home […]

Continue Reading

The Art of Gardening at Chanticleer

2017 Conference Session Review by David Falk Chanticleer Garden in Wayne, PA grew out of a large family estate with intricate gardens created for the family’s pleasure. Now open to the public, Chanticleer stays true to its origins as a pleasure garden, but its purpose also seems to be to expand that idea to include […]

Continue Reading

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 […]

Continue Reading

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 […]

Continue Reading