Presenting a new blog on landscape architecture

In the coming days, look for new posts on landscape design from Seattle Landscape Architect and garden designer Brooks Kolb.

Outdoor fire options

Many people love the idea of having an outdoor fire and ask me to design a “fire pit” for them.  However, to me the term “fire pit” implies that the fire is lit on the ground, usually in the donut hole of a ring of paving.  I always advise against that, because when the fire

The base Isokern “Magnum” outdoor fireplace, before stone facing is added

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Evergreen Scree…

Evergreen Screen Planting for Tight Spaces Every garden, no matter how large, has a tight space where the property line runs close and the neighbor’s house or another unsightly object looms.  Typically, urban side yards are only 5 feet wide, so your bathroom window ends up looking directly into your neighbor’s window, only 10 feet

Barkitecture at the Design Center on Thursday, May 24

Everyone who reads this blog is invited to “Barkitecture” at the Seattle Design Center, from 6 to 8 PM on Thursday, May 24.   Sponsored by “Luxe” Magazine Seattle, this fun auction will benefit the Humane Society and one other charity.   Ten talented Seattle area design teams are asked to design a dog house or work

Volunteer Park Landmark Designation Wins Historic Seattle Preservation Award By Brooks Kolb, ASLA

At the Fourth Annual Historic Seattle Preservation Awards Ceremony, held at the Good Shepherd Center in Seattle’s Wallingford neighborhood on May 15, 2012, The Friends of Seattle’s Olmsted Parks (FSOP) received the Community Advocacy Award for the Volunteer Park Landmark Designation.  One of eight awards given by Historic Seattle in 2012, the Community Advocacy Award

“Bau-Wau Haus” Wins Best Work of Art Award at “Barkitecture” By Brooks Kolb, ASLA

The sun rises over Bau-Wau Haus. The evening of Thursday, May 24 was a date to remember as Luxe Interiors + Design Magazine hosted the first Barkitecture design competition and auction at the Seattle Design Center.  Conceived as a benefit for the Seattle Humane Society and Seattle Children’s PlayGarden, the event showcased the designs of

Check out the Barkitecture Video!

Here’s a link to a video of May 24’s “Barkitecture” event at the Seattle Design Center, sponsored by the Seattle edition of “Luxe Interiors + Design Magazine.”   I designed the landscape for Team Ripple ‘s entry, “Bau-Wau Haus,” which won the award for Best Work of Art  in this whimsical upscale doghouse design contest

Plans Announced to Form a Trust for Volunteer Park

The Volunteer Park Reservoir re-envisioned as a reflecting pond with cascading edges and model boats. As it celebrates its first centennial this summer, Volunteer Park is at a historic crossroads. On May 31, 2012, the Friends of Seattle’s Olmsted Parks (FSOP) hosted a meeting of Capitol Hill citizens, businessmen and park neighbors at the Seattle

Preserving and Removing Trees in Your Garden

As a Seattle residential landscape architect and garden designer, I am always consulting with homeowners about whether to remove or preserve large trees on their property.  Many times on a first visit to their garden, people will tell me, “That Cedar is going.  I’ve already called to have it removed.”   Among the candidates for removal,

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