Category Archives: Plants

Art Director’s Cut: Prairie Primetime

The things our art director, Chris McGee, hated to leave out of the current issue of LAM.

“A plains education.”

–Chris McGee, Art Director

 

Photo by Scott Dressel-Martin.From “Prairie Primetime” by Haniya Rae in the January 2022 issue, about the Prairie Conservation Center in Aurora, Colorado, where a plan by Mundus Bishop reveals this short-grass prairie as a thriving place for ecological education.

The Wright Way

Bayer Landscape Architecture brings Frank Lloyd Wright’s Darwin Martin House back into full bloom.

By Joann Greco

Photo courtesy Bayer Landscape Architecture.

Daylilies and phlox are thriving along the terrace with the pergola in the background .Darwin and Isabelle Martin were getting tired of waiting. “We want a garden,” Darwin wrote to their architect, Frank Lloyd Wright, late in 1903. “We do not want the whole thing a lawn.” Continue reading The Wright Way

Green Machine

A native plant nursery roves the streets of Northern California.

By Emily Schlickman

 

On a sunny September morning, a black box truck rolled into a suburban California neighborhood playing a catchy jingle of insect sounds. The truck stopped and, within minutes, transformed into a verdant plant nursery: The rear door rolled up and its sides folded out, revealing a pop-up shop bursting with native ferns and forbs, saplings and starts. Continue reading Green Machine

High Profile

The High Line Canal reinvents an irrigation canal that shows off the region’s diversity.

By Haniya Rae

Littleton, Colorado’s DeKoevend Open Space Park is a three-mile trail following the High Line Canal. Photo by Evan Anderman.

Stretching 71 miles from south of Denver into Aurora, Colorado, the High Line Canal is a constructed feat of the late 19th century. Originally hand-dug to supply irrigation to local farmers, the canal is now in the midst of transformation from a historical relic to a burgeoning greenway. Continue reading High Profile

Better Edges for Eels

On a living shoreline in Ontario, Canada, Seferian Design Group balances designing for erosion and endangered species.

By Timothy A. Schuler

The hybrid shoreline mitigates erosion while also enhancing terrestrial and aquatic habitat. Image courtesy Seferian Design Group.

On the northern shore of Lake Ontario, 25 miles outside Toronto, a quarter mile of once-eroding lakefront is a case study in resilient design for the Great Lakes. Continue reading Better Edges for Eels