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Exploring Placemaking in Mexico City

Posted by on Feb 19, 2017 in Design, Planning | 0 comments

Exploring Placemaking in Mexico City

This article discusses the adventures of exploring peacemaking in at the Foro Lindbergh section of Parque México in Mexico City. Finding what works isn’t about a couple of community meetings and setting the course for a couple of activities, but can mean a series of trials and error, as well as a continual willingness to be flexible and adventurous. I think this project emphasizes the importance of grasping the idea that the use of a space changes over time and with the dynamics of the groups that primarily use that space.

Pollinator Food Sources

Posted by on Mar 13, 2016 in Blog, Design, Planting Plans | 0 comments

Pollinator Food Sources

We hear a lot about supporting pollinators in mainstream publications, but it is often difficult to find information that provides thorough lists of plants (not just the top 5 flowers), include both larval food and nectar plants, include bats and beetles rather than just bees and butterflies, or are specific to the regions in which we work.

The Pollinator Partnership at Pollinator.org is a professional resource for this very thing. It includes the information you might expect from such an organization: beekeeping tips, challenges to plant gardens, information on the connection between pollinators and our food supply.

What is perhaps the most helpful for designers, are the PDF planting guides they’ve created for 31 distinct ecoregions of the U.S. and 2 for Canada. These are beautiful, full-color, well-organized pages that separate lists of perennials, trees, shrubs, and vines by bloom period, color and site requirements, pollinator attractors, and hosts for larva. These pages also include definitions of pollinator types and guidelines for creating sufficient and varied habitats. Plant lists start at about page 16. 

You can search for your own ecoregion by entering your zip code in the search box.

Brooklyn Gardens

Posted by on May 18, 2015 in Blog, Design | 0 comments

Hey all! Here is a small collection of photos of places I’ve been gardening this season… thought you’d enjoy them!

Shady Urban Hill

Posted by on Mar 1, 2015 in Design | 0 comments

A shady urban lot on a hill was overgrown with invasive bishop’s weed. The shallow soil over the ledge and the extended shade were challenges. The owner wanted a more manageable site, screening from the neighbor’s yard, and a peaceful setting. Native plants like bearberry, clethra, and itea were added. To decrease cost, ferns and ginger were transplanted from other areas of the yard and existing moss was harvested from areas that were going to be disturbed or mulched, and then transplanted.