Naturalistic Landscapes
We have designed and built over 350 landscapes in the last 10 years with total sales over $5 million - and out of all of them this project on South Hero is our favorite. The house was designed by Battle Associates and constructed by Red House Building. Our landscape design goal was to create a residential ecological landscape that balances a “neat aesthetic” with “wild beauty”. We preserved as many existing trees as possible but maximized lake views. Native species were selected that attract birds and wildlife, so the property now serves as our clients' private wildlife observatory. We removed invasive species, included minimal lawn, and created areas for relaxation and paths for walking. The house was LEED certified and we used as many local materials as possible. The meadow covers 12,400 SF and includes over 4,000 native plants (19 species) as well as 2,000 spring bulbs. The areas around the house were planted with 2,000 native perennials and 250 shrubs. The clients have become naturalists and are active participants in the evolution of their landscape, which is particularly rewarding for all of us.