Converting a conventional bluegrass lawn into a regenerative orchard and biodynamic landscape through successional design and planting
Borrowing from principles of permaculture, biodynamics, and regenerative agriculture , the design for this .41 acre Denver residence aims to improve soil health, restore ecological habitat, and create a healthy, balanced ecosystem. Based on existing conditions, 5 zones were identified to enhance microclimatic features: Orchard Meadow, Savannah Oak, Rain Garden, Fruiting Shrubs, and Perennial Entry Way. Through detailed research on pollinator and wildlife benefits, ecosystem services, and fruiting potential, a heritage and adaptive planting palette has been chosen to help elevate the health and wellness of client and environment alike.
Inspired by the documentary “Kiss the Ground”, the partners of this project were interested in a participatory guided approach to installation. As such, a detailed guide book has been created through collaboration with a variety of experts including horticulturalists, orchardists, agriculturalists, gardeners, seed specialists, and more.
Collaborators and Specialists:
- John Gutierrez – Orchardist
- Western Native Seed – Seed specialist
- Larry Vickernamn – Director of Chatfield Farms, Denver Botanic Garden
- Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
- Amy Scanes-Wolf and Mikl Brawer – Harlequin’s Gardens
- Emily Drury – MacDowelle Colony
- Midwest Labs – Soil Testing