SUSTAINABLE LANDSCAPE DESIGN
Taking a restorative approach to landscaping, we create spaces that highlight the beauty of the Pacific Northwest while preserving and enhancing the ecological function. Restorative Landscaping utilises the design principals of conventional landscaping with the stewardship principals of ecological restoration to create stunning spaces that help support the ecological integrity of your local environment.
We host a site meeting where we discuss your vision and needs
We asses your space to identify current assets and challenges
We take all the information and develop a design and plan, this can look different depending on your unique needs
We make your space a whole lot Wilder
Southern Vancouver Island receives approximately 700 mm-1500 mm of rainfall annually. That rainfall is an essential component to the survival of humans, wildlife and plants as it replenishes our aquifers, maintains our ancient forests, and flows through our salmon baring streams. However, when heavy rains fall on hard surfaces such as pavement, concrete or rooftops, it has no ability to permeate into the ground. This surface runoff picks up pollutants such as heavy metals, fertilisers, and hydrocarbons and transports them down the storm drain and directly into the ocean. This causes harmful effects to our marine life. We can provide several different solutions for capturing, cleaning, and using rainwater such as rain gardens, bio-swales, and rainwater collection/ irrigation systems.
Rain gardens are a fantastic way to filter out pollutants from runoff, replenish your aquifer, and provide habitat for birds and insects. Rain gardens consist of a dug down garden bed containing plants, constructed soils and parent soils. Runoff is directed into the garden where it can pool and slowly infiltrate through the constructed soils to the parent soil, while the vegetation works to filter pollutants from the runoff. There are many different types of rain gardens depending on the needs and conditions of the site. A site visit to asses soil conditions, slope, and volume will allow us to determine the exact right type of rain garden for your space.
Bioswales are similar to rain gardens and can be both vegetated and non-vegetated, with the main difference being a sloped base to facilitate the movement of larger volumes of water. These can be used to replace traditional ditch drainage systems as they are designed to slow the movement of water to allow for filtration of pollutants and to enable water to permeate into the parent soils. Bioswales can be broken down to grass channels, dry swales, and wet swales.
Rainwater Collection/Irrigation Systems
Rainwater catchment systems are great for harvesting rainwater to use in your garden or in your home. A system consists of a catchment area, a storage tank and a conveyance system. the following are benefits to harvesting rainwater
Recharge ground water aquifers: Using harvested water for irrigation, garden watering or to direct overflow water into a rain garden or bioswale.
Reduce stress on municipal water: Many municipal water systems are old and not built for the growing population, a harvesting system can help reduce stress on the system and save you money on your water bills.
Reduces stress on storm water systems: Harvesting rainwater reduces the amount of water going into the storm water system during heaving rainfall events, this can help to mitigate damages to local watersheds and inter tidal environments.
Native Plant Garden Design
We use native plants to build habitats and increase biodiversity while giving you a gorgeous, west coast inspired space that you can be proud of. Native plants are naturally adapted to the wet winters and hot dry summers typically experienced on Vancouver Island, this makes them ideal for creating beautiful, low maintenance landscapes. Due to their adaptability, once established they require little to no water when compared to exotic species, helping to reduce the amount of money you spend on watering throughout the summer. We are so lucky to live in a place with such a huge diversity of species, making it easy to create unique and interesting designs. We love working with you to create the garden of your dreams. The following is a list of some of the types of native plant gardens we can create.
Medicinal plant garden
Modern bunch grasses
* We aim to use 90% native plants in our work