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A SPOOKY REFLECTION OF OUR SOCIETY?

By Brad Priest   One of the most powerful things a designed landscape can do is to elicit emotional reactions in its visitors. Often the user response is meant to be positive, as people obviously enjoy spending time outdoors in spaces that make them feel good most...

Post-Industrial Landscape Design

By Mimi Lo   I personally am always attracted by post-industrial sites. The potential on sites where people built up factories and finally decided to close it for different reasons, leaving entire campus became an abandoned space, is great. The structures can be reused and developed with...

Supporting Watershed Nature Center

By: Christina Hughey The Watershed Nature Center in Edwardsville, Illinois is home to over 40 acres of prairie, forest, and wetland habitats. The center features paved walking trails, a raised marsh walk, and a welcome center. The Watershed is dedicated to providing environmental education, passive recreation,...

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...

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...

Cold Weather is the Perfect Time to Get Outside

By Christina Hughey   Cabin fever? Want to get outside but its winter? Go outside anyways. There is lots of research out there on the benefits of nature about De- stressing, improving focus, boosting your immune system, and much more during the winter. With kids playing outside...

Rhythm in the Landscape

By Brad Priest, Landscape Designer   Repetition, patterns, movement – these words help describe the concept of rhythm, which can exist at all sorts of scales and via many different mediums. It is found in the beat of a song and the ebb and flow of the...

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A Look Under the Hood at the Design Process

By Brad Priest All projects are unique in one way or another, and each poses its own set of opportunities and constraints for design. To create the most successful result for any project, however, Landscape Architects all follow a similar process that allows them to systematically...

Friday Fact: Stress and Your Surroundings

By Christina Hughey, Horticulture Therapy Specialist (source) Since the beginning of mankind, we developed fight or flight response. An example is, if man encountered a mountain lion, he would have to decide whether to fight or run. People still face stressful situations today, and, the body still...

Friday Fact: Horticultural Therapy

An important part of landscape architecture is not just design, but how the design makes a person feel. Christina Hughey, our Horticulture Therapy specialist, is here to provide information regarding these aspects of design. The first tidbit is how gardens can impact elderly. Well designed gardens...