We Designed one of the Top Ten Dog Parks in The USA

USA Today’s website recently published a collection of the “Ten Best: Amazing dog parks” in the USA.  A dog park we designed, Hugh Roger’s Dog Park in Whitefish Montana,was on that list. This is how the Hugh Rogers Dog Park was described in the original USA Today article: 10Best: Amazing […]

Holistic Land Management: Pulling at My Heart Strings

Holistic Managment Course at Clear Sky BC

I just came back from Clear Sky Meditation and Study Centre where I attended a Holistic Land Management course with Jeff Goebel of About Listening. I went expecting the unexpected and I was delightfully and vigorously inspired. Conflict over resources Clear Sky is in the middle of my favorite place […]

Building a Great Dog Park – An Overview

Dog Park Landscape Design

Case Study: Hugh Rogers WAG Dog Park, Whitefish, Montana I have been involved as a designer and now a Landscape Architect with the Whitefish Animal Group, WAG, Dog Park for over six years. I was fortunate to come on board when the dream of a select group of dedicated volunteers […]

2014 Best of Whitefish Awards for Landscape Planning Services

Best of Whitefish Landscape Architect

We have been awarded the 2014 Best of Whitefish Award for Landscape Planning Services.  We are very pleased to have been selected as a leader in our field and a contributor to high standards of business excellence in Whitefish, Montana. For details and more information please view the White Fish […]

Food Forest Agriculture: Seeds of Change

Food Forest at Clear Sky Meditation Centre, BC

I recently gave a presentation at Montana Native Plant Society’s Flathead Chapter on Food Forests and other sustainable thoughts. My talk focused on a project in South Eastern British Columbia which I have been involved with for 7 years. It really has been a special project for me as a […]

Photo Essay: Restoring a Site to Native Plants

Storing Sod

These photos show the steps we took to protect and restore the native plants on a site for our landscape architecture client. This involved removing, storing then replanting sod and plants from the site. Prior to this it was also important to minimize disturbance of the overall site during excavation […]

Protecting and Restoring Native Species

Native Plant diversity in tray

I am not opposed at all to planting ornamental shrubs, trees and perennials here in the East Kootenays and Montana. I like them because of the color and variety they provided throughout the season. However, I do love my native plants and there are many areas of a site that […]

Saving Native Sod On Your Site

Native Sod with Plants

Another technique that I have been successful with is actually stripping the native sod, not just the topsoil. Essentially you are saving the native plants to replant on the site at a later date. This is a big investment, as somebody needs to take care of your plants while your […]

Saving Native Top Soil during Site Preparation

native plant restoration hillside

Another key component of restoring native plants on a site, in addition to minimizing site disturbance, is retaining as much native top soil from the site as possible. When we bring in topsoil from off site we not only bring in the soil, but many of the weeds and other […]

Minimizing Native Plant Disturbance During Excavation

Denuded Excavated Hillside

Weeds are the bain of any native restoration. Disturbed areas, such as the post excavated site in this photo, are ripe for weeds to come in. One of the biggest difficulties of site work for new construction is minimizing the extent of disturbance. When contractors are on site, their goal is […]