Regenerative Landscape Architecture since 2004
Los Angeles/Portland/San Francisco/Las Vegas

Having Fun Making A Difference

image: landscapers los angelesI usually try to be in several places at once by multi-tasking.  Physically, I have offices in Oregon and California.  As one of probably many landscapers in these cities, I see many properties facing climate issues that my Portland, Oregon, clients only deal with during their hot, dry summers.

Landscaping in drier climates is, to me, an opportunity when handled with sustainability in mind.  The semi-arid Mediterranean climate of Los Angeles offers a diverse set of challenges.  I like challenges.

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Enter the Dragon

Chinese New Year decorated the hearts and minds of  hundreds of revelers last evening in Portland at the annual Threshold celebration in honor of China’s lunisolar new year, January 23, 2012.  This is considered an auspicious year, that of the water dragon.  In the excellent animated film ‘Spirited Away,’ spiritual beings come to an otherworldly spa to cleanse their energy bodies of the gunk of the world.  A white dragon spirit soars in loops after his visit, and the main character wades calf-deep out into a silvery lake to watch.

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The Zen of Dish Washing

A Buddhist monk once said something like, “There is so much to do Image: Thich Nhat Hanh washes dishes.and so little time to do it, we must take great care not to move too quickly.”  A great dishwasher I used to know once said, “There are so many dishes here before us, and lunchtime is approaching; thus, we must employ great speed.”

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Why Ecology Is Important

Ecology’s importance in relation to, well, everything, is obvious, and so what could there be to say?  I recall the many discussions I’ve shared with brilliant, creative friends wherein it was agreed that so-and-so prefers tarot cards while another dear soul doesn’t trust them and instead likes to write in a journal as a way of figuring out her life.  Multiple perspectives are important in every subject, just as diversity is the key to balance on a farm.

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The Gift Of Yourself

I wondered if writing this article would help anyone get through the holidaze, and I remembered the story about the starfish:  A man walking along a beach tosses washed-up starfish that are still alive back into the sea.  A stranger passing by asks him why he bothers to do it when there are so many of them.  He tells the stranger that his small action meant something to the one he was about to toss back out into the ocean.

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