Hiking through the Columbia River Gorge or Silver Creek Falls, I’ve been intrigued by the natural beauty of plants growing on vertical surfaces, like rock walls. The first time I saw a Patrick Blanc installation using plants as works of art applied to the outside of buildings, I found a new passion – vertical gardens.
In the 70’s French botanist Patrick Blanc began using synthetic materials to create walls replicating natural vertical habitats. His concept of vertical gardens has been proven with many successful and beautiful installations worldwide.
My work follows the Blanc style by using a modular panel system with an array of pockets using felt made from 100% recycled plastic bottles.
There’s something enchanting about the sight and sound of moving water in the landscape.
One of the great pleasures of a water garden is the home it creates for a variety of wildlife - from dragonflies to birds and fish (and yes, there are ways to discourage the occasional annoying heron or raccoon).
When you add a water garden to your landscape, you quickly discover the peace and serenity it brings to your daily life.
Lighting is an essential element to many landscape projects. Landscape lighting highlights the unique and beautiful features in your yard while providing additional safety for the home environment.
The latest LED technology has led to a number of energy efficient benefits for landscape lighting over conventional 12 volt lighting systems. For example, LED bulbs are rated at 35,000 hours of life which translates into 6 hours of light every single day for nearly 16 years.