Phase One Field Playground Opens April 7th

Phase one of the Field Elementary school playground is set to open Sunday, April 7th. Please join the Friends of Field, the kids, and the Houston Dynamo street team for a fundraising auction and soccer event from 2-4pm. The first phase of the playground design includes a new soccer field and walking track. Phase two includes natural areas, a frogland with rainwater harvesting, native plantings, and a stump jump…..

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Designer's Sketchbook: Courtyard Studies

I carry my sketchbook with me everywhere. It helps me quickly jot down visual ideas about design and I find that I learn and remember better from something I've drawn myself instead of from a photo. Lately, I have been sketching small courtyards around Houston and taking notes on how the spaces are organized and how the container plants or small in-ground plants grow within the space. These quick drawings help me learn what works and what could be done better in small urban gardens at homes, businesses, and restaurants. The best courtyard gardens feel intimate, like secret gardens, and also inviting. The trick is to use the vertical surfaces in a smart and efficient way so that the space is private and quiet. Here is a selection of recent courtyard drawings from my sketchbook:

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Landscape Design Process: A guide for Homeowners

Our work, as landscape architects, is primarily accomplished through creating scaled drawings. Falon Land Studio offers sets of services that are customized to each client and project. You decide which design phases and services you need. The primary design drawing for residential landscapes is the Site Plan. Additional drawings might include a separate planting plan, construction details, elevations of site walls, paving layouts and more. The most common phases of landscape design for the residential landscape are included here.

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