reconciled with reality

WE’RE NOT MAKING…

…decorative, pretty landscapes any longer, but rather performance landscapes designed to cope with the assertive forces of gravity, stormwater + human programming, without taming the character of the land.  We call this re-wilding, which isn’t just a pastiche fix that tries to reestablish an unattainable pristine past.  Instead, we are seeking a modern, future-focused acceptance of a new urban reality where full-bodied ecology is acknowledged + held high.

VEGETATION

canopy: Anacacho bauhinia (BALU), Ashe juniper (JUAS), Texas red oak (QUBU2), Escarpment live oak (QUFU), Cedar elm (ULCR)

understory: Mexican redbud (CECAM), Texas redbud (CECAT), Texas persimmon (DITE3), Possumhaw holly (ILDE), Yaupon holly (ILVO), Agarita (MATR3), Mexican plum (PRME), Texas mountain laurel (SOSE3), Mexican buckeye (UNSP)

cactus: Weber’s agave (AGTE7), Texas sotol (DATE3) Red yucca (HEPA8), Texas nolina (NOTE), Twisted-leaf yucca (YURU)

sunny perennials + shrubs: Winecup (CAIN2), Purple coneflower (ECPU), Four-nerve daisy (TESCS), Zexmenia (WEACH)

shady perennials + creek: Yellow columbine (AQCH), American beautyberry (CAAM2), Day flower (COER), Horsetail (EQHY), Turk’s cap (MAARD), Rock rose (PALA13), Scarlet sage (SARO3), Texas betony (STCO), River fern (THKU)

bunch grasses: Sideoats grama (BOCU), Texas sedge (CATE7), Inland sea oats (CHLA5), Gulf muhly (MUCA2), Big muhly (MULI)

URBAN ECOLOGY

 watershed: dry creek north

location: ridge oak park – austin

ecological condition(s): escarpment, shady woodland, sunny edge

PROJECT DETAILS

completed: 2012, 2013 (2 phases)

budget range: $25,000 – 50,000

design scope: large, with extras

continuity: Wildflower Center membership

CONCEPT DESIGN