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. Because of their evolutionary symbiosis with local birds, insects, bees and other creatures we focus on an ever changing skin of tough and low maintenance native plants. Other plants appropriate to the soil, light and water conditions on site are also considered as part of the overall 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 is able to choreograph garden atmospheres that are constantly changing.
Increased impervious coverage has led to stream degradation and water pollution. Proper grading and plants help by slowing rainwater runoff, uptaking water through plant roots and allowing remaining water to infiltrate through the soil.
We believe in the principles of Biophilic Design. Terrapin Bright Green has organized these design strategies into 14 patterns which provide design guidelines for improving health and wellness in buildings and landscapes.
1. Visual Connection with Nature
2. Non-Visual Connection with Nature
3. Non-Rhythmic Sensory Stimuli
4. Thermal & Airflow Variability
5. Presence of Water
6. Dynamic & Diffuse Light
7. Connection with Natural Systems Natural Analogues Patterns
8. Biomorphic Forms & Patterns
9. Material Connection with Nature
10. Complexity & Order Nature of the Space Patterns
GARDENS ARE NEVER COMPLETE
Gardens are constructions of creativity that live & breath and are constantly evolving.