Leslie Irey Garden Design, Redding CA
Beauty combined with Sustainability!

Envirionmental Garden Design in Redding, CA.

We need a new approach to garden design in today’s world. The vast majority of existing and new landscapes are environmentally unfriendly based on their dependence on water, chemicals, and human intervention. In addition to this, they are often sterile wastelands for wildlife.
My approach to garden design is not only to create beautiful and livable landscapes to surround our properties, but also to create healthy, sustainable, drought-tolerant and ecologically rich environments. In addition to attractive and functional design applications, my horticultural goal is to incorporate both California native plants that have evolved with our local ecosystems and other plants that are adapted to our soils and Mediterranean climate. In striving to adapt my designs to nature, rather than the other way around, I create natural garden designs that evoke a regional “sense of place”.
As I look to the future, I anticipate that the need to conserve natural resources, replace wildlife habitat due to urban sprawl, and create peaceful outdoor sanctuaries where we can escape an increasingly stressful world will be crucial. As a garden designer, it is a joy to use nature as a model and mentor for healthy landscapes.

Sustainable Garden Design in Redding, CA.

Sustainable garden designs are based on ecological design principles. A thoughtful approach is taken to observe the natural world. This whole system design approach considers the site’s existing conditions with the intention of minimal disturbance in preserving and protecting the positive features in an attempt to enhance what is already there. The garden design should be adapted to the site, not the site to the design.
With a sustainable approach there is an interest in creating beneficial relationships and functional diversity in the plant palette for long term resiliency and species habitat diversity. There is a consideration for creating living systems and a food web that takes care of itself with little human intervention. Effort is made to create a natural (passive) system that will provide its own energy flows.
Landscape maintenance is reduced by appropriate plant choices that require no size reduction. Mulch discourages most weeds. Power equipment is rarely required. Composting reduces the waste stream and nurtures the soil naturally without chemical fertilizers. Integrated Pest Management (IPM) handles pest problems without the use of pesticides. Natural resources such as water are conserved. Trees conserve energy by moderating building temperatures.
The use of recycled hardscape (non-plant) materials in creative ways enhances the design and lowers the carbon footprint by keeping materials on site. Permeable surfaces allow for water absorption on the property.
In general, humans observe nature, rather than control it.
The natural habitat for many creatures decreases as the human population increases. Our own attractive naturally designed gardens can also provide an environment in which butterflies, birds, and other critters can flourish.

Habitat Garden Design in Redding, CA.

With our area’s large percentage of open space, we can reduce the impact of urban sprawl and provide a bridge for wildlife to nearby wild lands.
Your garden design will address the basic needs of a habitat garden – food, water, shelter, and a place to raise young. By creating a diverse planting plan to attract more species we can support local wildlife year round.
As native plants are the backbone of a successful habitat garden, I incorporate many California native plants that have evolved with our local ecosystems and other plants that are adapted to our soils and Mediterranean climate for year-round color and interest.
Careful plant selection includes features of seeds, fruits, nuts, nectar, and foliage to sustain wildlife, and also attracts beneficial insects to control problems eliminating the need for pesticides and herbicides in the garden.
Every design includes a contemplative viewing area for the human residents to reconnect with nature.

Drought-tolerant Garden Design.

California water, our most precious life sustaining natural resource, is in high demand and droughts are an expected reality. Over half of our residential water in North America today goes towards landscaping.
We can still create beautiful and interesting garden settings by choosing plants that flourish with very little water that can also withstand our regional extremes and microclimates.
Thoughtfully designed gardens consider hydro zoning (grouping plants by water needs), efficient and regularly maintained irrigation, improved soil, and mulched surfaces to retain water, thereby encouraging future sustainability and decreased maintenance.
Turf areas could be eliminated altogether, or reduced to a practical size and appropriate microclimate to save both water and money. Favorite thirsty plants can be incorporated close to the house or utilized in container plantings. A small water feature inviting birds into the garden can be a refreshing addition to an otherwise arid design.
Selective use of water is the essence of a drought-tolerant garden.


Leslie Irey Garden Design, Redding CA

Beauty combined with Sustainability!

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