Ensure Backyard Safety With These Tips

by Carrie Spencer for Seattle Landscape Architect Brooks Kolb When warmer weather starts to arrive, many of us look forward to recreation and relaxation in our yards. Backyards, patios, and play areas all offer opportunities to connect with nature and expand our homes outdoors. When preparing for the warmer weather, Good Housekeeping Magazine notes that

Restoring a Salmon Stream

For a client with a wooded, shoreline property in the village of Holly on Hood Canal, Seattle Landscape Architect Brooks Kolb generated a landscape master plan that included restoring a salmon stream.  While salmon had been entering the creek for several years on their journey to spawn, they were blocked by a culvert under a

A Labyrinth for Walking Meditation

In 2014, Seattle landscape architect Brooks Kolb received an intriguing design challenge from a client in Bellevue, Washington:  to incorporate a labyrinth in her garden for her daily walking meditation practice.  While the history of labyrinths is somewhat obscure, as graphic images or symbols they date back to clay tablets from the ancient world.  One

25,000 Daffodils for Seattle’s Volunteer Park

In his role as chair of the landscape committee of the Volunteer Park Trust, Seattle landscape architect Brooks Kolb recently co-led a volunteer effort to plant 25,000 daffodil bulbs on the western slopes of Volunteer Park.  Installed on October 9 and October 23, 2021 in tribute to Volunteer Park Trust founding chairman, Doug Bayley, the

A Satellite Dish Gazebo

In 2016, Seattle landscape architect Brooks Kolb had the opportunity to design a large garden on a beautiful, 5-acre wooded property in Redmond, Washington.  Out in the woodland surrounding the house, Brooks came upon an old satellite dish.  Long disused, it reminded him of an ancient technological artifact similar to the mysterious ones that often

A Beginner’s Guide to Growing a Bountiful Garden

A Beginner’s Guide to Growing a Bountiful Garden Photo via Pixabay By Carrie Spencer for Seattle Landscape Architect Brooks Kolb Want to start a garden? Planting a garden is a wonderful way to spend more time outside, enjoy some good exercise, and have access to healthful food right in your backyard. But if you’ve never

Five Popular Outdoor Renovations That’ll Add Value to Your Seattle Area Home By Evette Zalvino, Freelance Writer for HomeLight, for Seattle Landscape Architect Brooks Kolb Top Agent Insights for Spring 2021: Seller’s Market Sizzles Across U.S. ( Renovating your backyard is a great way to prepare for a summer of entertainment, and these five renovations

Starting a Garden on a Budget Can Be the Best Retirement Activity

By Carrie Spencer, Garden Writer, for Seattle Landscape Architect Brooks Kolb   Seniors with an inordinate amount of free time after retirement are wise to spend it in productive and enriching pursuits. Undoubtedly high on the list of such worthwhile activities is gardening, as its well-known benefits are varied and plenty. Research shows that

How to Landscape for Privacy By Eugene Bryson, with Seattle Landscape Architect Brooks Kolb

  Good landscaping can beautify your garden and increase the value of your Seattle area home. The right landscaping also will protect your home life from nosy neighbors.   Privacy is crucial for enjoying your yard. A good fence will keep prying eyes out, and children and pets in. A fence also can block out

  These 3 Steps Will Help You Plant and Nurture a Productive Garden By Carrie Spencer, garden writer, for Seattle Landscape Architect Brooks Kolb Growing a garden is a healthy way to enjoy the outdoors, feed your family, and support your local ecosystem. But tending to a truly productive garden requires a bit of expertise and

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