April 5, 2012

There’s an App for that: Landscape Design with your Smartphone

Filed under: Design Aids,Landscape Design — Sammi Sinno @ 6:36 pm

We all know that no software can replace the experience, extensive knowledge base or emotional connection of working with a landscape designer. Landscape designers can sit down with you to find out what you really need, draw up hand sketches and concept plans, and give you guidance based on their experience to steer you in the right direction for your landscape. With that said, who doesn’t enjoy playing with a tool that can make both the consumers and the designers lives a little easier? What if, instead of lugging around [...]


January 4, 2012

Art of Zen: The Japanese Gardens

Filed under: Gardens,Landscape Design,Landscape Planning — Sammi Sinno @ 2:03 am

It’s always the quiet and natural feel that attracts people to Japanese gardens. The calming yet rejuvenating serenity of Japanese landscape design is one of the reasons why Japanese gardens never go out of style. Japanese vs. Western Landscape Designs To have a better view of Japanese landscaping, it helps to look at Western landscaping and see the similarities and differences between the two. Presented here are comparisons between these two landscaping styles based on several factors. History and Philosophy Generally speaking, Western landscaping glorifies man and his ingenuity—with its [...]


November 16, 2011

Enjoy the Fall Colors of Your Landscaping

Filed under: Landscape Planning — Sammi Sinno @ 12:17 am

Written by Adam Coholan, an active blogger out of New York who writes about landscaping and exterior design based on his experience working with luxury Fire Island properties around the New York area.  You can follow him on Twitter @Coho22. Your desire for a beautiful landscape need not fade away with the summer’s last blooms. Fall landscaping can be a rich visual feast of bold and muted colors, eye-catching leaf textures, varied plant shapes, and constantly changing light and shadow. Let’s consider some possibilities. Fall landscaping ideas are best organized [...]


November 6, 2011

Touring a Japanese Garden Design: Embracing the spirit of the landscape


As part of our recent trip out west, we had the chance to tour the construction site for the extension of the Japanese Friendship Garden in Balboa Park (San Diego), with three of the designers who had worked on the project. The tour was led by one of our former instructors, Keiji Uesugi. His father, Takeo has led the vision for the park since the initial portion was built in 1999. Their family firm has designed several large-scale Japanese gardens, including the recent designs at the Huntington Library in Pasadena. [...]


November 4, 2011

ASLA 2011 Annual Meeting & Expo Recap: Landscape in all shapes and forms


Wrapping up the trip out west, we just spent the last 4 days at the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) Conference in San Diego. The annual meeting bills itself as the premier conference for landscape architects, who are professionals in the industries of landscape, planting, playscape, and hardscape design as well as ecological restoration and environmental planning. With such a broad base of professional specialties underneath the landscape architecture umbrella, one might think a conference of this size would be tough to plan in order to make the over [...]


October 30, 2011

California Dreamin’ on Such a Winter’s (?) Day: Inspirational Landscapes from the West Coast


It may be (unseasonably) snowy for most parts of the East Coast today, but I’m writing this post from sunny southern California where it’s lush and warm as summertime. We’re out here for the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) Conference, which starts today in San Diego, and are taking the time trying to soak in some of the Southern California ecology and inspirational landscape design along with the warm sun. In Los Angeles, we took a walk along the Venice canals. Here, you can soak in the beauty of [...]


October 26, 2011

You Asked: More on Stormwater, Ornamental Grasses, and Landscape Design News


Over the course of writing this landscape design blog, we’ve gotten some great comments and questions about our posts. We’ve chosen a few of the best to share and answer, but please submit your comments below for us to feature on a future post! Q. You mentioned some ways to address stormwater in a post back in September. Is there any more guidance you might provide on figuring out how much rainfall a site gets or how big an area needs to be designed? Ugh, you’re asking about site engineering. [...]