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Soil & Stormwater: Top of the List for Sustainable Design

This blog post is reprinted from Landscape Architecture Resource, where it was originally published in April 2009. Urban and suburban places all over the world are experiencing unnecessary flooding and pollution because their heavily-compacted urban soils simply can’t manage the rate, quality and volume of storm water as effectively as needed. “Nearly all of the… More

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What Is a Master Arborist?

Have you ever heard of a Master Arborist? I only recently became aware of this designation after a colleague of mine told me about a seminar she’d attended with one. She knows a lot about trees, but even she had plenty to learn from the Master Arborist leading this talk.

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Friday Follies: DIY Streets

I’m really liking this Friday Follies blog entry-recipe hybrid. Just so you know. Do you know about the foodie throw down over the best recipe for chocolate chip cookies? People are quite vigorously opinionated about which recipe yields the best cookie. In the beginning I didn’t put much stock in this (who could find fault… More

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Silva Cell Urban Tree & Stormwater Installation in Shoreline, WA

The City of Shoreline, WA is undertaking some massive public works projects, including a renovation of the Aurora Corridor. This project covers redesign and redevelopment of three miles of Aurora Avenue North that are a part of Shoreline. Otak, the design firm for the project, created a sidewalk tree median that is a rain garden…. More

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Friday Follies: Will This Tree Make Me Fat?

First off, I have to share some good news. Friday Follies the blog feature: 2 Friday Follies the original (tasty treats in the office): 1 Tasty treats are here! (BTW, the picture above is for blueberry cornbread skillet cake.) But, moving on to the business of the day: I just read about these nifty tree nutrition… More

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Olympic Village Promenade Trees Thriving After 2.5 Years

Here’s our latest Silva Cell video (you can see our entire YouTube channel here) demonstrating how well the maple trees planted in Silva Cells in 2008 are doing. These trees, installed at the Athlete’s Village in Vancouver, are from one of our biggest installations to date. Each tree received, on average, 700 cubic feet of… More

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Lincoln Center Urban Trees Thriving After 1.5 Years

One of the lesser-known applications for the Silva Cell is what we call “on-structure” — in other words, built on a pre-existing structure, such as a roof or balcony. In the case of the Lincoln Center Barclay Capital Grove, the Silva Cells are being used to grow a thriving bosque of trees on top of… More

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Friday Follies: My, What Pretty Trees You Have!

For this week’s edition of Friday Follies I’m focusing on the work of Meyer Wells, a design firm recently featured in the New York Times. Meyer Wells makes custom furniture and design pieces from trees that have been felled due to development, disease or weather. Their tagline is “furniture with modern roots” — har har!… More

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blogTO Asks, “Will Silva Cells Help Improve Our Urban Forest?”

(Silva Cells along Bloor Street) Matthew Harris has written a great article over at blogTO, “Will Silva Cells Help Improve Toronto’s Urban Forest?“ His piece gives a good overview of the many projects we have happening in Toronto at the moment — Bloor Street, the Queensway, Sugar Beach, Mill Street, West Don Lands, and more,… More

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