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“Energy-Wise Landscape Design is for those of you who are serious about greening up your grounds. While this is an attractive book, it is not stuffed with pretty fluffy images. Author Sue Reed has created a serious read where, among other things, you will learn about situating your house for the most efficient cooling and heating, designing ecosystems, water efficiency, solar, wind, water, and geothermal energy, and even how to plant a thriving wildflower meadow.”

StepsSusan Reed

Landscape Architecture

Designing home landscapes to be: • Ecologically rich • Comfortably livable • Energy efficient • Inviting to wildlife • Naturally beautiful.

Ecological Emphasis

1-1-IMG 0030 2I treat every landscape project as an opportunity to contribute to the health of the natural world. In my plans, I aim to minimize harm and protect each site’s valuable features while incorporating:

  • habitat that supports local wildlife
  • vegetation that requires minimal maintenance
  • drainage patterns that encourage percolation rather than runoff
  • proper placement of buildings and trees to make the most of solar gain
  • well-built components that last a long time, to reduce demand on natural resources.

Each residential landscape that I design is planned to be a resilient, diverse, self-sustaining and resource-recycling environment that nourishes all its inhabitants, both human and nonhuman.