Category: Sustainable Design

  • Gardening in Drought – the importance of planting design

    Gardening in Drought – the importance of planting design

    We had a little drizzle in Carmel Valley this morning, which is not so common in September, especially in a year of serious drought. It got me to thinking, with all the implications of the drought, how plausible is it to raise an ornamental garden with little added water? It’s a challenge we deal with […]

  • In Defense of Ferns

    In Defense of Ferns

    I have heard ferns maligned in a surprising number of places lately, and I want to do my part to set the record straight. There seems to be a misconception that ferns are scraggly and awkward or difficult to grow. Allow me to argue the opposite. Ferns are no more difficult to grow than any […]

  • Does DIY = Sustainable?

    Does DIY = Sustainable?

    There’s a lot of romance to the idea of DIY. The rugged individualist is part of our national culture, part of how we see ourselves and our role in the universe. Not that everyone aspires to that goal, but it holds enough sway to merit an entire television network in its honor, plus countless books, […]

  • The Economics of Street Trees

    The Economics of Street Trees

    EcoGeek recently ran a post highlighting the correlation between income inequality and street tree inequality. The study in question was completed in 2007, and it’s certainly been true in my experience in cities that the fewer the street trees, the more marginal the neighborhood tends to be. I’ve heard all sorts of things about the […]

  • Growing a front yard garden

    Growing a front yard garden

    You might think that a landscape architect would always have a perfect garden, but that’s not the case. As with most gardeners, mine is a work in progress. I have lived in my rented row house in Washington, DC for over a year, and I am still working on getting the front courtyard completed. Last […]

  • A new look for a new year

    We did it. RootStemLeaf is getting a new look, with several exciting features in the works. We’re starting with the blog and news from around the web, all focused on whats interesting and fresh in landscape design. Stay tuned as we introduce more features!