This is the Head of the Lake. Really, it is the “head” of the “lake”. That’s not a metaphor. It’s a sacred place. People with bulldozers have tattooed it a bit, so […]
Okanagan Landscaping Style Tips for New Immigrants
Yes, that’s an upside-down Moose Crossing sign and a Telus Smart Security Sign as an oar. Or is that a sail? No, the flag is the sail! Look, when you inherit a […]
Rebuilding Sustainability 4: The Sagebrush Catalyst
With a few changes in environmental legislation in the current weed desert in which we plant houses in the catastrophically failing Okanagan grasslands, we can live in a land of plenty instead […]
Building the Land With Flowers. Really.
Welcome to the 21st century! In this century, we’ve finally learned that a grassland is nothing without flowers. Here’s why: That’s right, bees, 500 kinds of wild bees and wasps that live […]
Are You Guys Nuts?
Who hires these guys to landscape their 2 million dollar homes? If you have the money to build a house like that, can you not do math? So, you want the house […]
Grassland Education: Reducing Climate Risk 8
The Okanagan Valley is home to a nearly extirpated grassland ecosystem, that exists only in a few endangered pockets. Even so, it is a key grassland area for studying the effects of […]
Fixer Upper in the Okanagan
With a little love, it could be a home again. The idea is that species like Western Bluebirds … … will maintain their presence in a grassland if bird houses are erected […]
Roman Gardens in the Suburban Okanagan
Do you see a storm sewer This wild lettuce sees a future. Welcome to the qanat, the underground river drawing itself from stone, that the Romans spread across the Sahara and the […]
The Illusion of Retirement: the View from the Okanagan
When industry is “housing development”… …it means that people live in industrial sites. They put up with it because houses will increase in value when the neighbours start building. The bigger the […]
A Man and His Truck Shall Never Be Parted
The Earth, as a landscape architect sees it. A landscape architect enjoying the view. What is of no interest. He puts his back to it.