Where ecological restoration of native species and wildlife habitat is the goal, straight species of historically referenced native plant communities are re-instated.
Where ecological function (e.g., wildlife support, erosion prevention, water management, etc.) and/or aesthetic pleasure is the aim, the plant palette may be expanded to include selected non-natives and cultivars.
Where food and sustenance for human life is primary, the emphasis shifts to include plants with edible, medicinal, and/or practical value, regardless of place of origin.
Cindy sets up meadow/pollinator plantings, perennial food/medicine gardens, woodland wildflower plantings, productive woodland understories, food forest gardens, rain gardens, xeriscapes, rockery plantings, and others. She works with wetlands, streambanks, ephemeral streambeds, and pond edges.
The work is future-oriented and often deals with highly degraded or distressed sites. Water issues, whether too much or too little, are addressed by adjusting topography and hydrology for maximum benefit. New plantings are fitted to existing or adjusted site conditions.
ECOLOGICAL PLANTING SCHEMES:
Planting plans, other detail designs, and installation strategy follow on goal-setting consultation, comprehensive ecological and technical site analysis, master planning, and conceptual site design.
A management plan and guidance in best practices are provided after installation. Monitoring and contracted management are available upon request.