Landscapes Category Archive

Big white bluestem prickly poppy blooms above purple blooms of prairie verbena along a concrete path. Grounded - On being in place and acknowledging what came before
Two young children with dark curly hair peaking between two boards of a treehouse. In the Canopies - Treehouses facilitate play, creativity and connection to nature
In a pair of black-and-white photos, two mature Black women stand in their yards; the woman on the left has a natural broom and wears mostly white, including a hat; the woman on the right wears a dotted dress and stands in front of a wall of containers. The Influencers - Acknowledging the impact of Black women on American horticulture
Kevin Jeffery stands in blue jeans and white T-shirt on a bridge over a creek in a wooded area. There is a small sign with a Blue Index logo on the bridge rail to his right. To Witness Water - How self-care could impact urban design and water conservation
A solitary deer gazing out toward the rising sun in a field of Texas bluebonnets (Lupinus texensis). An Urban Getaway - Discovering the unexpected joy of wandering in lockdown
A black-capped vireo (Vireo atricapilla) in a cedar elm (Ulmus crassifolia) tree along the Mission Reach A Natural Calling - Native plants in mosaic habitats bring birds to the Mission Reach
Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater surrounded by plants and trees Falling Water, Thriving Plants - A famous Frank Lloyd Wright site embraces native landscapes
Antelope-horns milkweed Burns Into Boons - The phoenixlike adaptations of native plants
Horsemint (Monarda citriodora) blooms at Hatton Spring Prairie, another name for Houston resident Jaime González’s front yard; he posts interpretive signage and encourages neighbors to learn about thearea’s historic land use. Living Space - Native habitat gardens provide for birds, pollinators and people
plants and compass illustration By Land and Leaf - Wayfinding the old-fashioned way
Common sunflowers development Central Austin Developmental Danger - Dissecting the "urban" in disturbance
New Mexican arroyo at dawn. Hallie Rose Taylor Walking Nearby Waters - Restoring watersheds and, in the process, people
Black Lace elderberry at the High Line Walking the Rails - Connecting over plants and photography on the High Line
Moments after embarkation, Jimmie dips a paddle into the Brazos. PHOTO Amy McCullough Naked and Nameless - A trip down the Brazos River under some good advice
Children learning about nature at the Prairie Project (before the author’s time). PHOTOS courtesy of Native American Seed In the Doing of It - What we can learn from the love and loss of a landscape
Hellstrip PHOTO Pam Penick Heavenly Hellstrips - Liven up urban verges with tough-as-nails native plants
The sun still shines on Buffalo Bayou Park in downtown Houston. Home, Regrown - The plant side of Houston's Hurricane Harvey story
Grand Canyon Sketch ILLUSTRATION Joe Feliciano Nature Redux - It’s never too late to become a Junior Ranger
Under the Same Moon - Finding home in landscape
An unlikely “ship” sits among waves of land in the not-so-salty Guadalupe Mountains. PHOTO Michelle Bright Adrift on a Desert Sea - A trip to Texas’ Guadalupe Mountains takes us back — and forward — in time
This home in Austin limited its lawn space in favor of native plants such as silver ponyfoot (Dichondra argentea) and Salvia sp. PHOTO and design Native Edge Landscape Sway Your HOA - Follow this advice and increase sustainability in your own neighborhood
Winter Snow 2017_Bruce Leander Under a Winter Spell - Winter came and went just in time for the opening night of Luminations
A lone pinyon pine (Pinus sp.) stands at the edge of an escarpment in the Sierra Diablo Wildlife Management Area, part of the Chihuahuan Desert ecoregion. PHOTO Laurence Parent Natural Accents - Texas ecoregions speak in terms of amazing diversity
Violet Crown Trail Connect the Plots - The 30-mile Violet Crown Trail will lead to the Wildflower Center and beyond
Bare branches make bold silhouettes against milky winter skies. Photo: Wildflower Center. Wild Winterland - Winter is one of the most subtly beautiful times to visit the Wildflower Center
Author David Todd (left) and cartographer Jonathan Ogren (right). Photo: Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon A Labor of Landscapes - An author and cartographer mash maps and stories to create a unique Texas conservation history
Nebraska prairie Wildflower Uprising - Prairie managers (and natural processes) help root for the underdog
dell medical green roof The Green Goes Up - From a living wall to green roofs aplenty, urban flora in and around Austin is getting high
Goldsmith Hall green wall Walls Alive! UT Austin’s First Living Wall - The University of Texas at Austin debuts its first "living wall."
A restored stream runs through the Bluestem Park prairie among native grasses, trees and wildflowers. Photo: Joanna Wojtkowiak. The Proof Is in the Prairie - Developers design with the environment in mind.
Restoration Trail by Michelle Bertelsen On the Restoration Research Trail - Discover how prescribed fire and mowing affect Wildflower Center landscapes.
The trail meadow in all its glory. On the Woodland Trail - The Woodland Trail offers variety and beauty, a sense of awe and a sense of peace.
John Barr Trail Day On the John Barr Trail - Explore how seeds are naturally spread in their environment.
On the Arboretum Trail - Getting outside on a trail is like medicine. It’s not a luxury; it’s a requirement.
Dwarf lake iris (Iris lacustris). Photo: Doug Sherman. Flowers to the People - A roundup of state wildflowers in honor of National Wildflower Week.
Woman photographing roadside from the car. Honey Stop the Car: Wildflower Drives In Texas - Hit the road for wildflower shows
The terrain at Badlands National Park, where bison and other wildlife enjoy thousands of acres of mixed-grass prairie. Photo: Jonathan Garner Bettering Badlands - Helping to create a landscape master plan at Badlands National Park.
An allee of American hornbeams (Carpinus caroliniana) makes for a strikingly minimalist formal landscape in this Pittsburgh, PA garden designed by Jonathan Dreher. The gravel yard is a rainwater collection and storage system. Photo: Karen Bussolini Thinking Outside the Box(wood) - Well-chosen natives shine in formal designs too.
Pedestrians will be able to get up close and personal with the restored Waller Creek ecosystem. Rendering of Palm Park by Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates Waller Creek Rising - An urban creek in Austin preps for a facelift.
Where the San Antonio River was once a drainage ditch, paddlers can now enjoy a restored river and riparian ecosystem in the urban core of San Antonio, the nation’s 7th largest city. Photo: SARA Mission Possible - An update on San Antonio's Mission Reach restoration project.
Gaines green roof skygarden sun rise Installing a Sky Garden - A sky garden grows atop a bathing pavilion in John Gaines Park.
In the designed urban ecosystem at the George W. Presidential Center in Dallas, a bridge flanked by native plants extends over a bioswale that funnels rainwater into a cistern used for irrigation. Photo: John W. Clark Can Cities Save Nature? - Explore the opportunities and challenges of urban environmental design.
Wildflower Center ecologist Michelle Bertelsen (foreground) harvests seeds with volunteers. Photo by John Hart Asher Seeds of Change - Center volunteers and ecologists conserve seeds for a Central Austin development.
Center ecologists restored beauty to an area that is now Bluestem park at alliance town Center in Fort Worth. Black-eyed Susans (Rudbeckia hirta), purple horsemint (Monarda citriodora), Maximilian sunflower (Helianthus maximiliani) and standing cypress (Ipomopsis rubra) put on a show there this spring. Photo: John Hart Asher Forging a Prairie Alliance - A new prairie park in Fort Worth demonstrates the power of native plants and teamwork.
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<?php the_title(); ?> Land of the Free - Twenty years in the making, Innisfree is now a splendid patchwork of woodland, meadows and hedgerows, a masterpiece of landscape restoration.
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<?php the_title(); ?> Trail Blazers - Nine inspirational hikes that put you in the middle of spectacular spring blooms.
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Prescribed fire in Savanna Meadow, Oct. 2014 Burning for Answers - Understanding the natural benefits of fire.
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