Category Archives: March/April 2013

Field Notes

ABC Green Home Makes Debut Irvine, Calif.–The ABC (Affordable, Buildable, Certifiable) Green Home, the first sustainable home of its kind to be built with readily available building materials, is now open to the public. A collaboration among Green Home Builder magazine, Southern California Edison (SCE) and Irvine’s Great Park, the home will be used to educate and train builders, students, industry groups, and thousands of visitors. It demonstrates that a solar-powered, sustainable home can be built using available materials, technology … Continue reading

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Roll Out The Pink Carpet

These aren't just petunias-- they're "Supertunias"! Photo Courtesy of Jesse Hensen

One of the most dramatic statements a landscape architect can make in a large area—whether residential or commercial—is a broad swath of bright color that lasts from spring to fall. One just can’t get that from trees, shrubs, or perennials. This is a job for Supertunias! Supertunia is the brand name for a specific group of petunias that have been bred for heat tolerance, disease resistance, and vigorous mounding-growth habits. They are part of a line of superior-performing annuals from … Continue reading

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Adding Park Amenities

New trails and fields mean a win-win for soccer and skiing at Kincaid Park. Photo Courtesy Of USKH

In Anchorage, Alaska, there’s no shortage of opportunities to be outside. Paved bike/multiuse trails cover 135 miles, and the 495,000-acre Chugach State Park serves as a reminder that the wilderness is (in some cases, literally) right out the back door. The municipality of Anchorage counts 190 parks covering 10,000 acres, which range from play structures and picnic shelters to dog parks and virtual wilderness. And yet, despite the amount of readily available parkland, a void existed. The growing soccer leagues … Continue reading

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To Protect And Preserve

Catalina Island residents felt it was important to preserve their home's quaint history. Photo Courtesy Of BGB, INC.

In the mid-1990s, the city of Avalon on beautiful Catalina Island off the southern California coastline had a serious dilemma: “How to upgrade the deteriorating downtown waterfront without losing its historic charm?” Catalina Island, some 76 square miles and approximately 26 miles from the mainland, was purchased in 1919 by Chicago chewing-gum magnate William Wrigley, Jr. At that time, Avalon was a sleepy fishing village. Wrigley was a visionary, and soon created a plan to provide water and other utilities … Continue reading

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Feed A Family

Feed A Family

In a cookie-cutter Cleveland, Ohio, suburb back in the 1960s, Ruth Hrubo was gardening on a small plot and growing spaghetti squash among the yews of her front-foundation plantings. For a while, the young squash plants hugged the perimeter of the house. However, as the normal tendency to “vine” took over, these big-leaved monsters spread onto the walkway by the front door. Her three teenage daughters were appalled. “What will the neighbors think?” As it turns out, Hrubo was a … Continue reading

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