Category Archives: Landscape Design
Traditionally, memorials incorporate an object, such as a statue, monument, or fountain, to commemorate a person, group of people, or an event. Though erected for the public as a point of reflection, these memorials often are located in a busy town center or roundabout and become objects to be viewed rather than quiet destinations. Also, the memorial is often placed in a location with minimal thought given to the surrounding landscape design. However, designers do have an opportunity to use … Continue reading
Help your clients winterize their homes and businesses by planting windbreaks. You can find helpful tips in this article from the Sierra Club: http://bit.ly/rI5ka0 A good windbreak not only adds aesthetic value to a home or building, it protects against windchill and can lower heating costs. For the best benefits, add a windbreak of dense greenery on the north and northwest sides of your building.
As we talked about in our article “A Positive Distraction” (Sept/Oct 2011, http://bit.ly/mYNw1f), a garden has the power to heal. This Urban Times magazine article talks more about the power of gardens to heal us both physically and emotionally. Peace gardens, memorial gardens and hospital gardens are becoming more plentiful. Learn more at http://bit.ly/uLpD61.
The University of Massachusetts Amherst Extension will hold a symposium on sustainable landscape design and management in December. The symposium will introduce the principles of sustainability and highlight the importance of proper specification and selection of plant materials for lawns, meadows, conservation areas and sites that support grazing. It will also address the impact of input reduction for management of these areas. Specific topics to be covered will include: • Evaluation and Use of Composts • Turfgrass Selection and Establishment … Continue reading
The California Landscape Contractors Association (CLCA) has a few new things on tap for this year’s Landscape Industry Show, which takes place Feb. 1-2 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. In addition to the latest industry technology and products, CLCA will introduce the Technology Café, where attendees can ask questions about mobile apps, iPads, Facebook and LinkedIn. In addition, Native Plant Bingo is being brought to you by the California Native Plant Society, Norman’s Nursery and the Theodore Payne Foundation. … Continue reading