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Design

The Process Of Making A Garden

John embraces many garden design styles, but all of his designs conform in one way or another to principles of design that evolved from the Arts and Crafts movement. This movement was an international design philosophy that originated in England, and flourished between 1860 and 1910. The movement continues to leave a lasting imprint on cities everywhere through its decorative arts and craftsman style homes. When followed, the principles of the Arts and Crafts movement add strength to a design. They transform a space into much more than simply a garden. They help create places to entertain, to spend time with family, and to live life in relationship with the natural world. It is here, in the rhythms of the natural world, where we find the connection to our true nature.


During The Design Process We Will
  • Perform a site analysis to assess existing site conditions and to identify site resources and liabilities

  • Inform our clients about the benefits of sustainable practices

  • Test and analyze site soils to make certain that the plants we choose will thrive

  • Select native or climate adapted plants

  • Incorporate storm water retention through the use of bioswales and rain gardens

  • Analyze sun/shade patterns and possibilities for cooling of the home by providing shade

  • Minimize lawn areas and, when necessary for aesthetic purposes, specify the use of low water turf

  • Suggest sustainable materials for construction

  • Design irrigation systems that operate with the highest efficiency available, while applying the minimum amount of water necessary to promote optimum plant growth

  • Provide multiple design layout options

  • Plan for sustainable maintenance of your landscape by developing a site maintenance plan that outlines the long-term strategies and identifies short-term actions to achieve sustainable maintenance goals.