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Matt Olson is a freelancer for NALP.

Landscapes of the Month: Transforming a Neglected Park into a Destination Location

Before its renovation, Panorama Park in Colorado Springs, Colorado, was an underwhelming public space with few amenities and little upkeep. As the city made plans to transform the park, they chose to partner with Timberline Landscaping, based in Colorado Springs, to install many of the new features for the park and serve as the general […]

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Conquering Challenges: Overcoming Seasonal Flooding at Riverfront Property

This project earned Landvisions a Gold Award for Residential Design/Build in the 2023 Awards of Excellence. The banks of the Red River near Shreveport, Louisiana, are not your typical landscape setting, as the river frequently has seasonal flooding that impacts nearby homeowners. This family was looking to create a landscape that would match their home’s […]

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Landscapes of the Month: Maintaining a Diverse Landscape

This property in Carlisle, Massachusetts, has everything from wetlands to gardens. For several years, the team at A Blade of Grass, based in Sudbury, Massachusetts, has maintained each area to keep them healthy and looking their best. Heather Jones, the marketing director and the maintenance division’s senior account manager, shares her thoughts on winning a […]

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Landscapes of the Month: Blending Modern Appeal with Farmhouse Charm

With modern appeal and farmhouse-style charm, this home near Denver, Colorado, is a dream property. The owners wanted to create a house and landscape that would support their love of gardening while retaining a contemporary style, leading to a unique blend of classic and modern architecture. Designs by Sundown, based in Littleton, Colorado, was brought […]

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Landscapes of the Month: Caring for a Waterfront Destination

Along the banks of the Potomac River is a waterfront destination known as “The Wharf,” which resides on the southwest side of Washington, D.C. This vibrant area is full of shops, restaurants, hotels, and a boardwalk, making it a popular stop for thousands of weekly visitors and Ruppert Landscape is responsible for keeping this space […]

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Landscapes of the Month: Maintaining a Historic Hollywood Studio

Among the movie studios of Culver City, California, you’ll find a historic place known as the Culver Studios. Over the years, several popular movies have been produced here, including Citizen Kane, Raging Bull, and E.T. With so much history on this site, the owners desired to have a landscape that matches the iconic buildings of […]

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Conquering Challenges: Long-Distance Landscaping a Lakefront Property

This project earned David J. Frank Landscape Contracting a Gold Award for Residential Landscape Contracting in the 2023 Awards of Excellence. This modern landscape resides in the Northwoods of Wisconsin, where amenities are hard to find, and long winters limit the timeframe for outdoor projects. The owners of this lakefront property desired a landscape that […]

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Landscapes of the Month: Working with a Rocky Landscape

In the forests of Dover, Massachusetts, you’ll find a modern house surrounded by rocky ledges and pine trees. This unique setting inspired the homeowners to create a landscape that would blend in their home with the natural surroundings while keeping their property tidy and functional for entertaining. From the start, NatureWorks Landscape, based in Walpole, […]

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Landscapes of the Month: Preserving and Restoring a Central Texas Ecosystem

Central Texas is a prime area for development, but this 11-acre nature park has been preserved, allowing locals and area visitors to enjoy the mixed-grass prairie that once dominated the region. From the design development through the installation phase, Twistleaf, based in Austin, Texas, has been at the heart of making this endangered ecosystem come to […]

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Landscapes of the Month: Solving Drainage Issues with a Sustainable Solution

When the project began, this Philadelphia backyard was nothing more than a sloped yard of turf with drainage issues. However, GreenWeaver Landscapes, based in Lenni, Pennsylvania, quickly transformed the space into an inviting and functional garden with water features, natives, and a spacious patio. Jennifer Nichols, president of GreenWeaver Landscapes, says winning a 2023 Gold […]

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