Here is an interesting project that is looking for funding. The Kickstarter program officially ends today but you can still donate after the close.
In the category of ‘what’s old is new’, coppicing may become an important part of our near future as fossil fuel sources are reaching their peak availability. Coppicing can provide fuel crops for masonry stoves as well as material for sustainable crafts and many other uses. Read more
The story of Seoul’s Cheonggyecheon river provides a master class on landscaping large scale. It presents an exceptional look back through the history of the industrial revolution as well as a forward looking example of modern urban landscape design.
The start of the restored stream at night. (Pic from preservenet.com)
The Colbert Report taped this bit about a local company called Rent-a-Ruminant. They rent goats to eat your landscape!
I hope the community park users enjoy our donation. It’s a picnic table we built out of some framing lumber we had, just sitting around asking to be made into something. The table top is a solid (joined) piece of wood. So are the bench seats. Gave me a chance to try out my new joining jig – a Dowelmax. This is one sweet piece of machined aluminum! Reminds me of Read more
I’m not just interested in how landscape design can improve our home lives. Our cities can do a lot to improve our public landscapes to enhance our quality of life. The following are two examples, near and far, about how greatly our lives can be improved by simply making our urban environment more friendly to people sans automobiles. Read more
Nice article in the Seattle Times (original source: Daily Press) about the healthy effects of chemical free gardening. In case you missed it, link here:
Ed Alexander Story – Seattle Times
- Photo by: Joe Fudge / McClatchy Newspapers
Ed Alexander is 84 years old and has lived longer than both his father and grandfather by 23 years. He attributes his health to gardening and Read more
I was reading an article about Leslie Blodgett, a CEO of the cosmetics company, Bare Escentuals (of all things not landscaping). The article is summed up with her words: “I don’t want to be a business, I want to be a community”. This struck a cord with me. It is similar to why I went into landscaping as a business. Not for profits but to fulfill a need that our community has for a connection to our environment. Read more
I’ve been following a blog by Rob Frost called: One Straw. It’s about an individual making a real contribution toward a truly sustainable future.
I had to add this link to one of Rob’s projects that is really exciting. Read more
We pulled a dead Daphne from the ground this spring, planted a year and a half prior. Like detectives on the trail of a mysterious plant killer, we pulled the plant from the crime scene and sent it off to the lab. The lab was a couple feet away where the garden hose was. We washed off the dirt expecting to convict some sort of root rot as the perpetrator. They like to knock off Daphnes now and again, everyone knows this. Presumably for Read more
We had the opportunity to order plants from Digging Dog Nursery from Albion, CA. Which to be honest, I don’t know exactly where that is. I mean I can look up on a map and see it is about 40% of the way between San Francisco and the Oregon border and on the ocean. So it seems like their climate isn’t hellishly different than our mild weather we get here in the Seattle area. I’ve driven down good old highway 101 thru CA, so I must have passed thru there at some point. It seems a little strange to buy plants from Read more
Take a look at this picture of a design as we originally installed it several years ago. There are two “errors” you can see that we recently corrected. Read more
Why Get a Survey
The big lesson about surveying is: Don’t build anything on land that is in dispute. If you’re wrong you could be taking down what was just built, at your own expense. Plus it is just the right thing to do – stay on your own property and respect your neighbor’s, as you would have them do to your property.
It is so common when we do a property line fence that Read more
[editor's note: this was originally posted on 3/26/10 by Licia on LiciaBeads blog]
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Garden installation by Ginkgo Landscape Design, serving Seattle northward to Edmonds and select Eastside locations.
As we go along in a landscape it comes along slowly but eventually prompts a lot of reaction from the homeowners as well as Read more
Photo essay on the building of concrete raised planters with a soft stucco finish for one of our clients.
In this photo you can see the concrete foundation and the blocks we used to build the curved walls. We used masonry block construction instead Read more
Get a plan or plan on failing.
In landscaping and life in general, there are certainly many, many more ways to screw things up than there are ways of doing things right. And doing things really well is even more rare and difficult.
It’s like building a house. Most people recognize that design and planning are necessary parts of building a house. This is not just to meet code. Imagine spending thousands of dollars on a kitchen remodel only to find Read more