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Infiltration Bump Out

An infiltration bump out is a traffic calming element that diverts the stormwater from the street into a planting bed that is built into the parking lane of the street.  The boulders filter out debris and slow the water down.  … Continue reading

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Color Scream

I am in the midst of designing annuals for the municipal summer display in planter boxes and medians in the central business district.  It is interesting to design something that is totally for public consumption as I create a plant … Continue reading

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Lawn Joke

As a former inner city residential landscape designer, I would explain to clients that lawn grasses were probably the highest maintenance plant in existence.  Numerous activities are associated with having a “great” lawn; watering, mowing, edging, fertilizing, aerating, pesticide and … Continue reading

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Closing the loop at The Plant

Anaerobic digestion is the process where micro organisms break down biodegradable material in the absence of oxygen. An anaerobic digester re-uses waste products in order to produce biogas fuels that provide an energy sources for heating and electricity. The digester … Continue reading

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Mosaiculture

Mosaiculture Internationales de Montreal is a non profit organization that was set up in the late 1990’s in order to promote a competition in Montreal’s Parc des Eclusier.  Mosaiculture is a combination of design, horticulture and gardening where the artistic … Continue reading

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Is Native Better?

There is a push in many municipalities to restrict plant selection to natives only. I find these mandates to be troublesome. Here in the Chicago area the native landscape consisted mostly of prairie. Prairie plants have deep root systems that … Continue reading

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Fishing

Many people connect with nature by going out extremely early in the morning, baiting a hook and throwing a line in the water. The act of recreational fishing does not require one to catch any fish. It requires patience not … Continue reading

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