Monthly Archives: September 2013

Phototaxis

Ever wonder why our porch lights seem to be the appointed meeting places for all our favorite critter friends? I know I always have and what better opportunity to learn than now. I found this beautiful butterfly outside Crown Hall … Continue reading

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Green Architecture

This term has become over used in that many have come to think that by putting “green” in front of a word, it must be good. Green architecture, green infrastructure, green transportation; the list goes on. I have come to … Continue reading

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Natural Born Outdoor Lover

 “… design can mimic the rejuvenating characteristics of nature indoors. We believe that biophilic design—bringing elements of nature into the environment in different ways, including architecturally—can also be restorative.” -Herman Miller Employees have been found to perform much better in … Continue reading

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Nature up high

Chicago’s City Hall has a famous garden on its roof. In the year 2000, the ballasted, black tar roof was planted as a demonstration project to test how green roofs affect temperature and air quality. Since the building was intended … Continue reading

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Counting On Carex

Carex is a genus of sedges consisting of over 30 species found in habitats ranging from pine barrens to alpine.  North America is home to 7 species of Carex, most notably Carex pennsylvanica and Carex muskingumensis.  Because they have evolved … Continue reading

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Contradictions of Nature in the Picturesque Movement of Art and Landscape

Often times the landscape industry and gardening in general is heralded as being stewards to nature.  Their efforts increase habitat and diversify biology within a given reach.  The best part of these apparent benefits is that it is seen as … Continue reading

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Tree Houses

Pete Nelson, an owner of TreeHouse Workshop, outside Seattle, is an expert in his field: namely, the design and building of treehouses. He loves to use the Douglas fir and the Western red cedar trees.  They are beautiful trees and … Continue reading

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