Category Archives: Sustainability

Subsistence Farm, Port Orchard, WA

We recently visited a past project in Port Orchard, WA.  This subsistence farm has been installed in phases over the last few years and we were excited to see how it was taking shape.  Included in this project is a rain garden handling roof runoff, drought tolerant herb and perennial garden, native plantings, an orchard, vegetable beds, hoop houses and out buildings, as well as a covered patio and seat wall to capture the view of it all. We are pleased with all the hard work the owners have undertaken and hope you enjoy the photos.


Ornamental and edible plantings help define the surrounding open spaceA variety of color and contrast creates visual interest throughout the site and softens views of the hoop houses and outbuildingsLarge swaths of edible herbs and perennials anchor the house in the landscape The rain garden captures roof runoff and provides another interesting element in the gardenContrasting plant color and texture adds visual interestThe rain garden collects and filters storm water runoff from the roof and surrounding landscape The herb and perennial garden capitalize on the drier portion of the site and add an inviting foreground to the meadow viewTerritorial farm viewsThe herb and perennial garden creates a foreground for the meadow viewOrnamental and edible plantings coexist in single bedsSeat walls border a paved patio and are made welcoming by adjacent fragrant herb gardensThe rain garden captures roof runoff and provides another interesting visual element in the garden

Welcome REI

By now, most of those living on the Kitsap Peninsula know that REI has opened the doors of their newest store in Silverdale, WA.  I was honored to provide the Landscape Architecture services for this project.

Interestingly, the original building was reduced in size, allowing space for a rain garden.  With all of the building’s impervious parking lot space, this rain garden will capture stormwater runoff, filtering grease and other pollutants from entering our groundwater supply.  This, coupled with interesting drought tolerant plantings form a great forward-thinking precedent for other big box retailers.

Many thanks to FPH Construction for bringing me on board!

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