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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 (SACO5), Dwarf palmetto (SAMI8), Cedar 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