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Seattle’s Emerging EcoDistrict

May 4, 2015

THE DIRT

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EcoDistrict planning and design can accelerate local efforts to improve sustainability. EcoDistricts offer a framework through which communities can discuss, prioritize, and enact initiatives that address climate change — by providing clean energy, conserving wildlife habitat, and encouraging low-impact development — and also social equity. If more neighborhoods begin to adopt the EcoDistrict model — wherein a range of partner organizations work in concert — we could see stronger bottom-up pushes toward city-wide sustainability.

Since 2011, the Capitol Hill EcoDistrict in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood, which is funded by the Bullitt Foundation and led by Capitol Hill Housing, has sought to improve the sustainability of the community and the equity of its constituents. This EcoDistrict is partnering with the Seattle 2030 District, a high-performance business district in downtown Seattle, that aims to reduce carbon emissions 50 percent…

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GO WILD! Guide for Naturalistic Planting Design

April 12, 2015

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Biodiversity and sustainability are becoming increasingly more important and there’s a major role for them in this new way of planting. So let’s name this new way of planting; the Natural garden. (or what ever you like to name it) comparing the Natural Garden to the tradional way it’s diffirent in the way we arrange the plants and we have to look at other ways to the beauty of it. We no longer only look at the flowers and their color but more to how it looks without because the flowers are present at a short period, so the foliage is as important. Also the afterlive of a flower becomes more important, like for example, how the seedbuds and fruits are peforming. The shape of flowers becomes also much more important.

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Planting design the traditional way makes color the most important property of a plant, in the naturalistic way…

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Anticipation

February 8, 2015


We need the sweet pain of anticipation to tell us we are really alive. 
Albert Camus

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Every year about this time I begin to think ahead to spring. My mind imagines those warm morning breezes with a faint a scent of earthiness that come as each day reveals new surprises in the garden. But alas, February, a brief month with short days, is long with anticipation. Snowy, cold, and devoid of vegetation, it’s beauty lies in a crisp, stark, landscape covered in snow and ice, a contrast of light and dark, of snow and structure.

It’s easy to overlook the beauty of winter in the garden, but it’s just as easy to overlook the insight winter provides. A walk in the garden in winter, reveals useful information as we look ahead to and begin planning the coming garden season. Our friend Christine Darnell touched on this nicely in a recent article she wrote for

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Wishlist For 2014:

December 29, 2013

A design mix for a new small seating section of the front garden:  

Inspiration is HF Du Pont’s Sundial Garden at Winterthur – spring color progression choreographed to change gradually, week by week.

 

Snowball Viburnam (Viburnum x carlcephalum) – pale pink flower buds which open into big round fragrant flowers

Chinese Snowball Viburnum  (Viburnum macrocephalum ‘Sterile’)– large flower heads and a jolt of chartruse

Bridal Wreath Spiraea (Spiraea x arguta) – cascades of white flower sprays

Japanese Quince formerly ‘Apple Blossom’ (Chaenomeles speciosa ‘Moerloosei’)– Pink-flowering 

Red-flowering Quince (Cydonia jaonica rubra ) Always a favorite and one of the first to bloom in the spring

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