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This website might seem a little confusing at first. Maybe because you were expecting a landscaping company website. This is the website for our landscaping business, but, it is also a blog information site.
If you’re looking for business info, the info you’re probably looking for is on this page and perhaps you also want to look at our portfolio.
If you’re just looking for landscaping info related to general gardening, transition gardens, permaculture, and related stories, you probably want to head over to the blog.
A Little Bit About Us
Blue Wheelbarrow Landscapes started in 2003 as Ginkgo Landscape Design. The change in name to Blue Wheelbarrow signals a shift in focus from purely aesthetic and experiential landscapes to landscapes that focus on renewable energy inputs, good health, self-reliance without exclusion of community reliance, productivity, and resilience. This change is fueled by the coming challenges posed by climate change and the economic impact of dwindling resources.
As we are all at a crossroads with regards to what a changing climate coupled with dwindling energy resources means for our daily lives, we at Blue Wheelbarrow find ourselves in a state of transition and flux. We are anticipating the changes we will need to make first-most as a family but also as a business that needs to sustain itself without doing harm to our environment. We do not know exactly what will be required of us in the coming years but we do know we need to learn new ways to add resilience to our lives in order to counteract the unpredictability ahead.
Where before we were a landscaping company, today Blue Wheelbarrow Landscapes is more broadly defined.
Our Blue Wheelbarrow symbol represents handmade craftsmanship, renewable energy use, localism, non-industrialism, simplicity of form, functional elegance, reliability, and strength. As we search for greater resilience we will go outside the lines of landscaping. At the same time, a broad definition of landscaping can include all the world around us even the way we build our most dense cityscape. As a result, topics covered in our blog and what we may end up doing as a business may extend beyond your typical landscaper/gardening fare.
We will see, the future promises to be nothing like today.
We the People, who run Blue Wheelbarrow.
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James Young is the owner of Blue Wheelbarrow Landscapes. He earned a certificate in landscape horticulture from South Seattle Community College with a concentration in design. Prior to starting Ginkgo Landscape Design, James was a mechanical engineer for the Boeing Company. He has a unique mix of analytical and creative skills which combines with a love of nature to make landscapes with great spatial design, flow, and functionality.
Licia Young, James’ wife, is the owner of Liciabeads.com, and office manager of Blue Wheelbarrow. Liciabeads is a small jewelry making and supply business where she combines gemstone and glass beads with wire wrapping techniques to create personal, one-of-a-kind, handmade, local jewelry.
We would like to work anywhere in Washington and beyond. For instance, we would love to work in Hawaii. Unfortunately, you know how much it costs to travel. I think I’m dropping a hint.