A Way To Garden

  • AUGUST LAM: TRAILS TO THE PAST

    FOREGROUND Piece by Piece (Planning) Wisconsin’s Ice Age National Scenic Trail is a glorious homage to the state’s geology and conservation history. So why is it so hard to get it finished?   The Outside Track (Interview) For minority students on the path to the profession, exceptional persistence and mentors are as important as design skills.

  • LEAVE IT BETTER

    BY ZACH MORTICE In the face of likely climate retreat, student design studios explore ways to improve Nantucket’s coastal resilience.   On Nantucket Island off the coast of Massachusetts, half of the 10 highest-ever tides arrived in 2018 alone, and flooding is a constant worry that imperils the tourist economy and historic buildings. “But that

  • JUST ADD WATER

    BY ZACH MORTICE For a flat fee, some photos, and a few weeks, Tilly will design your home’s landscape.   Tilly, the online residential landscape design service started in 2019, picked a good time to launch. Founded by four women who had been friends since high school, including a Cornell landscape architecture graduate who has

  • ON THE SAFE SIDE

    As part of an ongoing effort to make content more accessible, LAM will be making select stories available to readers in Spanish. BY LESLIE WREN, ASLA FROM THE JULY 2021 ISSUE OF LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE MAGAZINE.   Annette Wilkus, FASLA, remembers a meeting of the Teardrop Park construction management team in the early 2000s. The clients,

  • SMALL FIRM, BIG LEAP

    BY AIDAN ACKERMAN, ASLA FROM THE JULY 2021 ISSUE OF LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE MAGAZINE.   Small landscape architecture firms face a unique set of challenges when deciding whether to adopt Building Information Modeling, also known as BIM. In this article, we define small firms as those with fewer than 10 employees, including sole practitioners. Each firm

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  • Does planting trees in your yard help fight climate change?

    It seems that every week there’s news directly related to climate change: historic heat in the West; 100-year floods on the Gulf Coast; earlier, more damaging hurricanes affecting the East Coast. And perhaps the most fundamental contributor to this climate chaos is increased carbon dioxide emissions.

  • Why supporting local businesses helps the environment and your community

    We live in an increasingly global community. Digital technology, the Internet, and innovations in transportation have all contributed to making it easy to interact with even the farthest corners of the world. And while there are certainly benefits to globalization, there are drawbacks, too. One of the biggest is the growing loss of locality – the awareness and preference of our local communities and the unique benefits they have to offer.

  • How to Rethink Residential Gardening for Climate Change

    Climate change is affecting all things large and small, in ways that are sometimes not so apparent, while in others the impact is readily felt. Gardening is a unique activity in which climate change can be experienced throughout every aspect.

  • 10 Smart Ways to Take Action to Reduce Your Home Carbon Footprint

    As the call to action to help slow climate change grows increasingly urgent, average citizens are responding. Many are eager to join the movement to reduce our collective carbon footprint in an effort to curb carbon emissions and the greenhouse effect they help to create, which is responsible in large part for raising global temperatures.  At times, this battle can seem overwhelming and many individuals feel helpless, not knowing where to start. Fortunately, there are a number of meaningful actions we can all take and many start with the things we choose to do and use every day. The key is to understand the consequences of how we go about living our daily lives and to change those that can lessen our impact upon our fragile planet. As more of us choose to do the environmentally correct thing, the positive effect will grow, creating an impetus that can significantly change our ecological impact for the better.

  • Go Hyper-Local to Help Save The Earth

    There is no question that the climate is changing. The real question is, what can we all do about it? For me and The Garden Continuum, the answer was to go hyper-local with our business to help reduce carbon emissions while improving the health and beauty of our communities. 

  • Forcing Branches

    It can get addictive--bringing dormant branches into the house so they can flower early is one way to get the jump on spring. Click the link to find out how!

  • My New Fave Winter Bloomer

    Tired of forcing the same bulbs every winter? Let me introduce you to the Madeiran squill. Click to learn more:

  • A Year at Brandywine Cottage: Book Review

    A Year at Brandywine Cottage complements David Culp's previous book, The Layered Garden. They each inspire in different ways.

  • A Dahlia Grows in the Basement

    Oopsie. I finally decided to figure out what was in the garbage bag in the seed-starting area of the basement, and it's a dahlia. Sprouting. Now what do I do?

  • Minding the Garden: Book Review

    Minding the Garden makes me pause and think about my own garden, bringing back memories of its beauty. It's also reassuring to see how Lilactree Farm has changed in thirty years--there's hope for my garden! This is a great book to give as a gift--or hint for this holiday season.