When you seek to design landscape architecture for your business or community space, one goal is overarching. You want it to be a place that people enjoy. Time spent in nature is great for our well-being, and when you provide an opportunity for that, people appreciate it. People-friendly green spaces also invite respite that can support better interactions with your organization. For example, a tired mom who is running errands with the kiddos might be ready to make more stops in your shopping district after she gets a break with her coffee while the kids run around. The family of a sick patient might feel comforted and encouraged after spending some time in the hospital’s outdoor space. The value of designing green spaces for people to enjoy is clear. But how do you do that? Well, here are four tips to create a landscape people want to spend time in. #1 Make Shade Available in Your Landscape Design There are many benefits to planting ample trees in your landscape architecture. But as tips to create a landscape people want to spend time in go, this is a big one. Why? Because of shade! Whether you live in a super sunny, […]
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We here on the Jerry Pate Design team are thrilled to announce a new addition to the firm: Gabe Curran, our newest Design Associate! With degrees from Auburn and Cornell, an extensive background in landscape architecture, and previous roles in community planning with organizations the likes of UWF Historic Trust and NAVFAC Atlantic, Gabe Curran comes to us with ample experience and proof of his passion for the art of landscape architecture. He credits his time working as a civilian for the United States Navy as a formative experience that broadened his skill sets and perspectives. He is also a pro with AutoCAD, SketchUp, InDesign, Rhino, and other industry-beloved programs, and he is a fluid Spanish speaker. When he isn’t busy crafting beautiful environments, Gabe might be found enjoying his hobbies of ultimate frisbee, camping, or playing guitar. He and his wife, Jenny, come to Jerry Pate Design from Norfolk, Virginia, and together they love to travel. Asked to comment on his new role, he says “I’m excited to make this pivot from planning to landscape architecture and design!” Welcome, Gabe! We’re excited too!
For much of human history, time was spent predominantly outdoors. In the beginning, we mostly lived outside—in the woods, the fields, the open expanses. And even in decades as recent as the 1960s, 70s, and 80s, we spent ample time exploring in the open air. But with the advent of so much incredible technology within the home, we have experienced a shift in how we spend our time, both in childhood and beyond. Now, there are literally endless options for things to do in the palms of our hands. We find avenues of play on iPads in toddlerhood. Schoolwork is made possible by Google. Our work life demands that we stay very much glued to our screens. The conversations that connect us with friends and family are so often centered on the shows we’re all watching. We live, undeniably, in quite a novel age. But all this technology keeps us indoors, away from nature. And we should still prioritize nature where we can. Because our mind and body crave it. Without it, a sense of disconnectedness and loss sets in. It’s called Nature-Deficit Disorder. What Is Nature-Deficit Disorder? In 2005, Richard Louv introduced the concept and coined the term in […]
There are many goals for an ideal landscape. First, you certainly want it to be aesthetically pleasing. Second, you need to ensure it is enjoyable for people to use, or at the very least, safe for them to navigate. Next, you may want to design it to be easy to maintain. You could also craft a landscape that makes the best use of natural resources like water. But lastly, and often overlooked, you should design a landscape that can better combat air pollution. Altogether, it’s a tall order. That’s why we have become experts at executing just such ideal landscape architecture for our clients here at Jerry Pate Design. But today, we’re going to break it down and help you to explore the final of those goals. Here is how landscape architecture can better combat air pollution. You Can Combat Air Pollution by Being Thoughtful About Plant and Tree Selection Mother Nature herself can’t always decide precisely which plants and trees will go where. One wishes she could, because certain plant varieties can have an immense impact on clearing air pollution. You can help by doing this for her! Plants and trees purify the air by both removing pollutants and […]
There are many reasons to seek water-saving methods in your commercial landscape. For starters, you are helping the planet by reserving resources. But you’ll also find your wallet heftier and your maintenance needs more minimal—win, win, win! Let’s talk about the three best ways to conserve water in your commercial landscape. #1 Optimize with a Certified Irrigation Designer One way to conserve water in your commercial landscape is to take a step that will improve every aspect of it: hire a Certified Irrigation Designer. Working hand in hand with one of these licensed experts, you can create a landscape that makes water usage ideal. We’ve discussed the four main methods of irrigation before. But the best way to conserve water is to work with a pro who can help you identify the perfect one for your microclimate and needs. #2 Consider Hardscaping We all love a lushly green expanse of healthy grasses and beautiful trees and plants. Still, when we think about water consumption, it helps to incorporate hardscape. Where there are hard surfaces instead of plant-based ones, you can save plenty of water. Concrete, pavers, brick—there are many choices. A professional landscape architecture company, and especially one with a […]