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Creative Playgrounds

Getting children to play outside is so important during this time of technology driven minds. Playing outside has positive effects on mind and body and there are numerous articles, reports and studies to prove it. So how do you encourage creative play? Maybe by thinking...

Pollinator Gardens

I recently became interested in pollinator gardens when I was doing some research about it for one of our ongoing projects. I got so much information from Missouri Botanical Garden and Saint Louis Zoo about how important a pollinator garden is and how to create...

NOW HIRING – Landscape Architect – with 4-6 years experience

DG2 Design is seeking a dynamic, motivated, detail-oriented and personable Landscape Architect – with 4-6 years experience to join our team. This position will support and strengthen our existing capabilities in master planning and design projects including parks, greenways, public spaces, ecosystem restoration, campus design and commercial site design. This...

From Llamas to Masterplans

Design trends are constantly changing, but one thing that is certain, is that outdoor venues with intimate gathering spaces and smaller architecture dwellings have become the top choice for events, weddings and photo shoots. (image source) Ces and Judy's Catering company bought what was once a llama...

Let the Kids do the Work

By: Christina Hughey Source   Imagine kids designing their own playgrounds. What kind of things do you think they would include? A giant slide? Tunnels for days? How unique these playgrounds would be! Although not as common, it has been done before and its possible for kids to...

Modern Playgrounds

By: Christina Hughey   Playgrounds have changed a lot over the years. There is plenty of differences in materials, safety factors (playgrounds are made much safer now), differences in the activities allowed on the playground, and differences in the shapes of the playground.  The design opportunities are...

Welcome Mimi Lo

DG2 Design is excited to welcome Mimi Lo as our new designer. Mimi Lo graduated from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst with a Master's degree in Landscape Architecture in 2018. She has a passion for creating public spaces in the urban environment. She also believes that great...

10 Tips for Trail Design

There is a lot that goes into trail design. In previous blogs I have talked about the importance of trails in communities and designing for trail sustainability but there is a lot more that goes into the design of trails. Here are 10 important tips...

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...

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...