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JOAN GRABEL

ECO CONSCIOUS LANDSCAPES

Eco Conscious or eco friendly landscape design involves using plants, irrigation methods, and hardscape materials that preserve natural resources and reduce water usage and costs.

Sustainable practices can be applied to a variety of landscape garden styles and architecture.

In practicing sustainable landscape design, plants are selected for the microclimate. Using drought tolerant plants, also known as water wise plants that have low to moderate water requirements, helps to conserve water. Plants can be native or exotic – many varieties are coming from Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and Mexico.

Efficient irrigation methods and permeable materials such as decomposed granite, tumbled recycled glass, pebbles, pavers, brick, or stone set in sand, minimizes water run-off. Using LEED certified composite material and sustainably harvested timber in the design of fences, gates, decks, and pergolas, natural resources are preserved.

 


Award Winning Designer
Designs featured in top publications
Featured Designer on Home and Garden Television (HGTV)
Featured Landscape Designs on HGTV.com
Featured Landscape Designs on Houzz.com
Special interest in the function and design of the Courtyard
Studied Landscape Architecture University of California Los Angeles
Studied Painting School of Visual Arts – New York City
BS Art Education – New York University
Master in Art – California State University
Exhibiting Artist in Los Angeles
Member: Association of Professional Landscape Designers (APLD)
Inspired by Japanese gardens, the colonial towns of Mexico, formal gardens of Italy,
stone architecture of Provence, France and Mediterranean Flora from New Zealand, Australia, South Africa and Mexico

 

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