3. Idea Garden

You are now standing by the sheds and spherical sculpture in our Idea Garden, where we experiment with ecological home gardening techniques. The carex lawn and orchard next to the flagstone patio demonstrate sustainable native alternatives to turfgrass, such as Pennsylvania sedge, wild strawberry, purple lovegrass, pawpaw, and red mulberry. Lawn alternatives attract pollinators, provide natural wildlife habitat, require less effort and money, and eliminate pesticide and fertilizer use. As you lift your eyes from the ground textures, you will see our green roof, a creative and beautiful way to reduce stormwater runoff into sensitive waterways, increase green space, provide habitat, filter dust and smog, and reduce the urban heat island effect.