Category Archives: Residential

Biofiltration Street

Hardly a day passes without a headline about a drought, wildfire, or some other unsettling symptom of climate change. With so many environmental issues in the news, it’s curious how landscape design and American culture stubbornly cling to the image of the English garden and its postcard views of Arcadian settings, clipped hedges, and watered lawns. However, that’s not the case at the Dallas Urban Reserve. Developed as a single-street subdivision of 50 modernist houses, the 10.5-acre project is an … Continue reading

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Fire Pit Photos

Now that spring is finally settling in and summer is on its way, it’s time to think about your back yard’s ambiance. And what says outdoor relaxation more than sitting around a fire on a soft summer night? Here are some great ideas on creating the perfect fire pit for your home or for a client, from the folks at diynetwork.com: http://bit.ly/Ilc99H

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Landscaping Walking Tour

Come on a walking tour of a beautiful private residence in Vancouver, WA. The project, by Woody’s Custom Landscaping, features stone and paver patios and walkways, a pond, a bubbling front water feature and lush landscaping throughout. You can see more projects at www.WoodysCustomLandscaping.com. Would you like us to feature your landscaping project in the LAB Wordless Wednesday? Send videos or photos to Web Editor Ann Norman at ann@northstarpubs.com.

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Alien Invaders

At the time, creating two small ponds and an associated wetland habitat in an urban wildlife park seemed a worthwhile objective. Thus it was that Phil, a fellow board member for Modie Park Conservancy, and I went out on a fine summer morning to direct the actions of a backhoe operator. By the end of the day, we felt modestly satisfied with our efforts, and could easily envision the ponds providing habitat for frogs, dragonflies, and red-wing blackbirds. Indeed, within … Continue reading

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Think Green — Vertically

When we think of gardens, our minds tend to sprawl out across a back yard. But try looking up and down: Vertical gardens and green walls are a visually compelling new trend, perfect for inside the home or in a cramped outdoor area. They give a fresh perspective to green space. Here are some great ideas from the folks at Urban Gardens: http://bit.ly/GHSHH8

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