Join designer and home owner, Margot Taylor for this private tour of her residence, which received 3-star certification from the Sustainable Sites Initiative (SITES), the highest award given in the residential class. The SITES certification recognizes sustainable practices in landscape design, construction, and maintenance. The Taylor property is the only SITES-certified residential property on the East Coast and is a model for sustainable landscape practices, education, and enjoyment.
Margot used creative management techniques for soil and water resources to restore native plant communities that support biodiversity preservation and ecosystem health.
Stylishly- and carefully-crafted terraced spaces transform the steeply sloped, former dairy farm into a mosaic of garden rooms. Rain water is played and celebrated across the site in a series of aerial and surface features. Historic elements and construction debris are repurposed into garden sheds, pathways, water channels, bridges, planting beds, and walls. Sculptures and art are sprinkled throughout the site and showcased in a Hobbit-like straw bale hut. This unique property and project promises to educate, entertain, and inspire.
Margot Taylor, RLA PA & DE is owner and principal of Land Ethics. She utilizes her 30+ years of experience in landscape architecture, natural resource conservation, and environmental education to design and manage an array of landscape projects. Her expertise includes reforestation of riparian habitats, soil and vegetation conservation, and stormwater management. Margot is an adjunct professor at the Williamson College of the Trades, Horticulture Shop teaching landscape design and graphics.
This program has been granted LA CES Continuing Education Units (CEUs).