Thursday, August 21, 2008

Landscaping That Makes A Difference

From the New York Times:
"Over the past five years, as climate change has become more obvious and energy costs have spiraled up, a number of designers have begun to champion an approach to landscaping that marries traditional environmental concerns — sustainability, biodiversity, restoration, conservation — with a sensitivity to aesthetics and a flexibility that they said was missing from green-gardening crusades of the past.
Movements that gained popularity in the 1970s, like xeriscaping, which introduced the creed of no added water, and the native plant movement, often got in their own way, these designers believe, by getting hung up on orthodoxies.
“Xeriscaping as a rule tended to look horrible,” said Andrea Cochran, 54, a San Francisco landscape architect who did environmental planning for the Tennessee Valley Authority and the National Forest Service before moving on to residential gardens. “The save-the-planet message was powerful,” she added, but a lack of attention to aesthetic issues left her and other well-meaning gardeners unhappy with the results — dusty summer yards full of scrappy native species.
The main thing, these newer designers believe, is to win clients over to environmental landscaping through design that is both thoughtful and seductive."
bettershelter agrees and applauds both Heather Hendrickson and Nathan Bluhm for their commitment to great landscape design.
Look for the 12@ELDEN landscape plan that will make a HUGE difference.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The bottom photo looks like the landscaping at Tolosa winery in San Luis Obispo. The use of native and draught tolerant plants is very nice.