Our landscapes build natural soil fertility and create thriving pollinator habitats while fostering native and edible plants. We design around the specific needs and patterns of your land. We provide creative solutions to common problems like drainage, poor soil quality, and high-input plantings, but also to the more niche issues that can arise. Water cycle restoration is the foundation of ecological resilience. We move water where it wants to go and intentionally design diverse plant communities which will thrive in their particular location.
Our spaces are self-regenerating and respond dynamically to environmental forces. Our approach focuses on increasing your lands' ability to infiltrate water by earth contouring with swales and rain gardens as well as carefully selecting diverse plant communities which thrive in site-specific conditions. We encourage the use of perennial and native species which are ecologically attuned to your local environment. While building soil naturally, native plants also provide pollinator habitat as well as food and medicine. Our work is to reconcile the human built environment and the natural world, creating a conversation between the two that is life-giving.
We believe maintenance is love, and we're here to help you feel empowered to interact with your garden. Our offerings are suited to your experience level, and can include seasonal assistance with certain tasks, working together side-by-side while you learn how to maintain the plantings, or tending the garden regularly.
As a design/build firm, we'll help you bring your design to fruition (quite literally). Our team executes all aspects of installation with the same expertise and professionalism our clients rave about.
Our design process begins with an extensive site assessment to understand the current conditions. From there, we design an ecologically-led system. Working with every budget and scale, we help you envision the optimum possibilities for your land.
We begin each project with a consultation. During our time together, we can begin to generate ideas, hear about your vision and goals, and refine the project approach into a scope that suits your site, goals, and budget.
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In order to understand your project, what you are envisioning, and how we can best serve you, we begin every project with a consultation. During our time together, we discuss your goals, budget, and priorities. We then look at the site together, and begin to understand the challenges you face and how to best approach the project.
We customize each proposal to fit your needs and budget. The cost of the initial consultation applies toward our project fees when you decide to move forward.
We know there is no one-size-fits-all approach when it comes to working with your specific site, which is why we customize our design process to fit your project scope, needs, and budget. We develop compelling design communications to articulate your goals and vision. Depending on the scope of the project, we adjust the design deliverables so that we have exactly what we need, and no more, to get on the same page and start building.
Our designs are rooted in the unique language of each site, which we study during our site analysis and assessment. This allows us to work with the innate intelligence of the site and develop planting plans and water strategies that are elegant, creative, and site specific.
Once we have a shared vision and set of priorities from design, we will take you through value-engineering to develop budgets and phasing timelines. As a full service design/build firm, we have an in-house installation team that executes our vision with care and precision. We extend the same values, courtesy and integrity through the entire building process that you come to know and love during our design development phase. This also helps your bottom line because there is no costly translation to sub-contractors, and you never have to worry that corners are cut.
Our pricing reflects best practices in the industry, and we give you a set proposal price that doesn't change unless the scope changes, so you know exactly what to expect upfront. Here are some of the landscape elements we implement:
off-grid water systems
integrated animal systems
trellises and arbors
regenerative farming systems
That's why we call it caretaking.
Long after the installation is complete, we will continue to support you to tend to your new garden. Learning the plants takes time, and we're here every step of the way. Our goal is to empower you to understand and interact with the environment you live within. To that aim, we offer caretaking services to help you feel confident in reading and responding to your site, and to do the "heavy lifting" when needed.
We invite and encourage clients to join our caretaking crew for 1:1 caretaking coaching (reading the site, harvesting, working together) if they are available during our scheduled visit.
Regular caretaking visits may include any of the following tasks:
cleaning off hardscapes
rainwater harvesting system maintenance
plant propagation deadheading
pruning trees & shrubs
trellising & training vines espalier
collect fallen brush & debris
manage debris piles for wildlife
fall leaf cleanup
add soil amendments