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What's Special

Avid gardener with abundant ideas but too little time available to bring her ideas to life. 

Client

Spruce and birch trees in background with perennials  flanking stone pathway. Many native plant species used, selected for their resiliency and drought tolerance.

Plant Palette

Full sun, sandy, well-drained soil. 

Where

Client sought a place to rest and reflect after stressful days at work and a long commute. Low maintenance was a paramount design consideration.

In Brief

Conditions

Lone Rock, WI. This place used to be a prairie, home to Native Americans for many, many generations.

Hardscaping

Path constructed of local quarie hard sandstone.

Reflection Path

before

Homeowner receptive to utilizing native plants which are more likely to thrive in this space.

What's Special

Private homeowner and avid gardener

Client

Plants chosen to thrive in shady conditions and deliver subtle variations of texture, form, color, and height. Several native plant species including early meadow rue, carex shortiana, heuchera 'autumn bride', and Christmas fern. Also included are Geranium, Hosta, and other Carex.

Plant Palette

Shady, clay soil. 

Where

The addition of fence and gates at both ends of path leading to side entry door and backyard gardens establishes a private place to enjoy a cup of coffee, or cocktail, seated at a bistro table. This low maintenance garden thrives in the given shady conditions, providing a zen-like sense of calm and relaxation. 

In Brief

Conditions

Madison, WI

Hardscaping

Metal fencing

Shady Pathway

Makeover Coming

Soon

New commision.
Work commences soon.

Whispering Oaks

Permaculture farm

The land and home are full of history and character. We want to ensure to remain true to the place, thoughtfully enhancing both its beauty and ecological health.

What's Special

Private homeowner; adventurous gardener

Client

Pathway plants will range for sun loving alliums and native grasses to shade tolerant heurchera and sedges.

Plant Palette

The walkway area shown is sun to part-shade. The soil is clay and very compact, from years of foot traffic.

Where

This is the start of a multi-year commission. The initial focus will be on the approach to the home's primary entry. In sight of the farmhouse are rolling hills, an apple orchard, veg gardens, barns, a collection of animals, creek and pond. The possibilities for this place are endless.

In Brief

Conditions

Ithaca, WI

Hardscaping

Native sandstone found on property to be used to create steps, paths and landing places.

Folly Afield

Display & Trial Gardens

The Italianate Victorian home, built in 1885, influences design choices but not rigidly so. Though we deeply respect the place's history and character, modern knowledge and understanding of ecology and design principles cannot be ignored. And with vast garden spaces that come with 3.5 acres, we must be mindful of scale, maintenance and sustainability in all we do.

What's Special

Ourselves

Client

Too many plant species and cultivars to count.

Plant Palette

Loamy, sandy well-drained soil. A spectrum of light conditions, from full sun to full shade.

Where

Home, nursery, playground - this is our haven is where gardens bloom from experimentation and continuous learning. Nestled amidst the hills of the Driftless Region and our expansive gardens, our home speaks to history while plants whisper secrets about how they grow and who's been here before us. This is where design ideas and garden dreams are sown, as well where some plants for client's gardens are propagated. 

In Brief

Conditions

Buena Vista, WI (translated, "beautiful view")

Hardscaping

Low walls, steps and paths constructed with native sandstone. Weathered wooden fences enclose a horse paddock and the prairie-inspired 'field'. A lonely windmill stands sentinel, a timeless echo before modernity's hum.

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Pocket Prairie

Pocket Prairie

High visibility, public-facing location allows passersby to get up close and interact with the plants and pollinators the garden is certain to attract.

What's Special

Avid gardener open to new ideas and interested in improving ecology.

Client

Native plants only - over 25 species including grasses, sedges and perennials. Considerations included plant height, durability, weather resilience, ease of care, and biodiversity.

Plant Palette

Mostly sunny, loamy, well-drained soil. 

Where

Transform useless grass space into a garden with four-season interest using 100% native plants.

In Brief

Conditions

Madison, WI. A pleasant neighborhood where people regularly walk to nearby shops, schools, and parks.

Hardscaping

None. In fact, what we've strived to do is soften the hard edges of the concrete sidewalk and curb by planting close to the edges. 

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