Honest design is the creation of strikingly beautiful landscapes that aggressively address environmental and social disconnections from the land. Key tenets include:
STRONG BONES, TOUGH SKIN
The 'bones' of the landscape are the hardscape elements – well detailed, carefully articulated architecture that frames and strengthens the landscape. An ever-changing 'skin' of tough and low maintenance native plants capitalizes on evolutionary symbioses with local birds, insects, bees, and other creatures. Other plants appropriate to the soil, light, and water conditions on site supplement the native plant palette.
LAYERS OF HABITAT
Vertically layered gardens attract the greatest number and diversity of wildlife. Additions such as bird feeders and bat boxes further promote the goal of bio-diversity in the landscape.
Gardens should be beautiful at all times. By selecting plants with different bloom times, varying textures, and winter interest, Moody Graham choreographs garden atmospheres that are constantly changing.
Increased impervious coverage has led to stream degradation and water pollution. Proper grading and plants counteract damage and pollution by slowing rainwater runoff, taking up water through plant roots, and allowing remaining water to infiltrate through the soil.
Biophilic design improves health and wellness in buildings and landscapes. Design guidelines (organized by Terrapin Bright Green) include:
1. Visual connection with nature
2. Non-visual connection with nature
3. Non-rhythmic sensory stimuli
4. Thermal and airflow variability
5. Presence of water
6. Dynamic and diffuse light
7. Connection with natural systems' natural analogues patterns
8. Biomorphic forms and patterns
9. Material connection with nature
10. Complexity and order nature of the space patterns
GARDENS ARE NEVER COMPLETE
Gardens are constructions of creativity that live and breathe. They are constantly evolving.