ASLA Publishes "The Landscape Architect's Guide To Portland, OR"

by Ben Bowen

Portland is a town full of wonderful outdoor spaces- and Landscape Architects have played a major role in that.

Apparently it's not just Portlanders who recognize this. The American Society of Landscape Architects has published an interactive guide to the city of Portland. It's well done and a nice recognition of what our outdoor spaces have to offer.

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Kid Friendly Landscape Design

by Ben Bowen

"Kid friendly landscaping" is a landscape design style or attitude that your family will love.

During the summer, when Portland's weather is sublime, your kids will want to be out in the yard exploring and enjoying. A landscape can be both kid friendly and beautiful- really, it can!

What are key elements of kid friendly landscapes?

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The Advantages of Design / Build Landscaping

by Ben Bowen

Ross NW Watergardens is a design/build landscape firm. What does that mean? We create the design and then install the landscape based on that design.

There are some definite advantages to this model for our clients. Like what? Here are three good reasons to hire a design/build landscaper:

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Rain Gardens: Depressions For A Happy Garden

by Ben Bowen

Rain hits your roof, driveway, and patios. All that rain that should be nourishing plants and replenishing groundwater supplies. But since it has picked up oil, chemicals, and debris so it has to be treated like waste. What a shame, right?

Happily, there is a way to mitigate the damaging effects of all those impervious surfaces. Rain gardens to the rescue!

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SW Portland Japanese Garden

by Ben Bowen

This garden, in SW Portland, is a beautiful example of small garden design. I wish I could say that I had designed it- but the designer is Mike Ellena of Ellena Gardens.

This narrow courtyard now houses a Japanese garden. And while it has many elements, it does not seem busy- a product of great design and a skillful installation.

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10 Ways To Lower Maintenance On Your Landscape

by Ben Bowen

I can read your mind (just when it comes to your yard). You do not want to spend more time caring for their landscapes. You want to spend less time, even no time if possible.

In an effort to give you what you want, here are 10 ways to lessen the amount of time needed to care for your landscape- and most of them of them are serious.

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Who Is Portland's Best Landscaper?

by Ben Bowen

What if just one company could hold the title of "Portland's Best Landscaper"? Who would win?

I think that "Who is Portland's best landscaper?" is really the wrong question to be asking. "Who is Portland's best landscaper for me?" is much better. To help you figure that out I have a list of companies below. I omitted Ross NW Watergardens just to fair.

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Do You Need A Fire Pit This Fall?

by Ben Bowen

Summer is waning, fall is around the corner. What will get you outside to enjoy your landscape in the fall and winter? Nothing draws a happy crowd like a fire on a cool evening. A fire pit or fireplace may be just the ticket!

If Ross NW Watergardens design a fire pit or outdoor fireplace fro your landscape, there are many options available. Check out a few!

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