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   Ecological Landscape Designs

                                                                          inspired by nature

As a biologist, landscaper, environmentalist and beekeeper, the company founder, Annie Martin, seeks inspiration based on the science of ecology and her love of nature. Annie re-directed her career after 24 years in the corporate world, this to better align her work values. Through commitment to innovative ideas and education, she hopes to inspire individuals and group attitudes and behaviours towards more sustainable ways of landscaping.

 

  

As a biologist, landscaper, environmentalist and beekeeper, the company owner, Annie Martin, seeks inspiration based on the science of ecology and her love of nature.  After 24 years in a large corporation, Annie re-directed her career to better align her work with her values.  Through her commitment to innovative ideas and education, she hopes to inspire people to change their attitudes and behaviours toward more sustainable ways of landscaping and gardening.

 

An avid bird watcher, Annie never misses an opportunity to observe birds and other wildlife.

 The grey tree frog, well camouflagedThe grey tree frog, well camouflaged

Integrating all the family to my landscape, with the Catio.  Integrating all the family to my landscape, with the Catio.

 Wild flower meadow, mixed with some non-native species-a work in progress...Wild flower meadow, mixed with some non-native species-a work in progress...

Bee fly on Hydrangea shrubBee fly on Hydrangea shrub

 

The most "fur" an insect has, the most effective pollinator it is.  The most "fur" an insect has, the most effective pollinator it is.  

Monarch butterfly hatched from eggs found on milkweed leavesMonarch butterfly hatched from eggs found on milkweed leaves

What is Ecological Landscaping?

Humans have been changing and manipulating landscapes since the onset of agriculture.  Acceleration of ecological damage began with 

the industrialized revolution and the burning of fossil fuels, causing climate change, the ultimate ecological disturbance worldwide.  Human activities have caused habitat fragmentation, loss of biodiversity and contamination of soil and water.

Ecological landscaping is the philosophy of creating responsible, adaptive, yet resilient landscape designs for the future of our human habitat.  Ecological landscapes are designed based on the science of ecology, are self-regulating in their process and self-renewing.  They enrich biodiversity, work with natural processes, enhance natural systems and regenerate resources.