In 2014, One Nature was commissioned to rethink a private residence in Beacon, NY. The new landscape features a tiny low-mow lawn, wild harvested trees, shribs, and herbaceous material, three stormwater gardens, a privacy fence, and a reclaimed bluestone entryway.
Now in 2018 the transformation is striking. One of the main goals of any ecological restoration project is to create a self-sustaining habitat. This rewilding project included plantings of sandbar willows, yellow coneflowers, and native grasses that have not only survived, but thrived without the need for frequent maintenance. The willows and wildflowers are not only beautiful, but provide privacy for the homeowners. The rain gardens filled with native grasses and other wildflowers collect and redirect stormwater away from the home. The beautiful dogwood planted interior to the wildflowers provides shade and a space for kids to play under. Additionally, maintenance needs were reduced when we created a mulched area with woodchips and recycled paper underneath to prevent weedy growth. The self-sustaining plantings have given way to a diverse set of native plant species, creating an aesthetic sense that is wild without being unruly.