Pacific Prairie

Updated Mar 28, 2013

Eco-friendly design reminds homeowners of the American Heartlands

From billowing grasses to sandstone unearthed during site preparation, this tranquil landscape contrasts, yet complements, its neighborhood setting dominated by palm trees and beaches.

The design, which won Margie Grace, owner of Grace Design Associates, the International Landscape Designer of the Year Award from the Association of Professional Landscape Designers, “needed to tie together the new home’s modern architecture and the neighborhood’s venerable historical homes,” Grace says.

The clients, originally from Iowa, wanted a “prairie feel” setting for quiet contemplation, rejuvenation and eating meals. A stone amphitheater and fire pit serve as the center of social gatherings. A cedar hot tub adjacent the pit allows the homeowners and friends to enjoy a view of the fire while soaking.

To make the project environmentally friendly, Grace added landscape mounding to retain storm water and planted trees to maximize climate control. Maintenance is needed only once a month and doesn’t require chemicals or power tools.

Grace also kept the materials local, with most of the landscape materials, such as the sandstone rocks, found onsite or within 15 miles of the property.

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