DG2 Design

Rooftop Vegetable Gardens

By: Christina Hughey   Wholefoods Rooftop Garden in Lynnfield   With mass population growth, and the demand of city living it may soon be a challenge to get everyone food. The scientific community has been working to come up with a solution to deliver food to more people populated...

Trails are Changing Communities for the Better

By: Christina Hughey Whenever a trail is installed it affects the whole community. Impacting the lives of individuals in many ways, this includes giving individuals another option of commuting to and from work. Having a walkable neighborhood can even lower crime rates. Trails help the whole...

Families Should Utilize Trails

By: Christina Hughey (source) People of all ages can benefit from using trails. We often hear that obesity rates are at an all-time high, twice what they were two decades ago. According to The American Academy of Pediatrics there are many reasons for this. One big reason...

Designing for Trail Sustainability

By: Christina Hughey   Figure 1: Trail Sustainablity    Trails provide much more than hours of fun, trails help protect our environment. A trail built for sustainability reduces damage to plants, reduces disturbance to wildlife, reduces damage to soil and much more. A trail built right will last for...

Tower Grove Park + the Gardenesque Style (Part 2)

Figure 1: Master plan for Tower Grove Park in the 1870's Tower Grove Park was originally designed by its founder, Henry Shaw, in the 1860’s. Shaw envisioned the park as a much needed “pleasure ground” for the city, and developed the plans in the Gardenesque style...

Tower Grove Park + the Gardenesque Style (Part 1)

An icon of modern day St. Louis, Tower Grove Park was first opened over a century ago, during the heyday of the Victorian era when much of American culture was heavily influenced by that of Europe. Over the years the park has remained largely unchanged...

Natural Surface Trails

By: Christina Hughey   (source)   There is no right or wrong trail, just the right trail for the project. Soft surface trails are a natural alternative to paved trails. Offering an inexpensive choice. One great thing about natural surface trails is that you can install them much faster...

A Visit to Shaw Nature Reserve

By: Christina Hughey I recently visited Shaw Nature Reserve located on the Meramec River, in Gray Summit. Although not everything was green yet, it was still quite beautiful! Shaw has many trails and provides many different hiking/walking opportunities. Shaw has a large prairie with a tepee...

Healing gardens for Veterans

By: Christina Hughey When returning from war, soldiers will have to adapt back to regular civilian life, it might be hard for some to adjust right away. In addition to the stress of adapting, some may have been wounded from the war physically and or mentally....

Kids Grow in the Garden

By: Christina Hughey It’s finally that time of year again. Spring! Everything is starting to grow and new life begins. Just the other week I arrived at a friend’s house to see her and her beautiful children finish up planting seeds. They smiled as they placed...