The Form and Function of Naturalistic Design: From the Front Door to the Edges

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Good naturalistic design should leave one wondering what was there first, the structures or the landscape. The goal is to create spaces that have the same feel as an exceptionally beautiful and peaceful spot that you might discover on a walk in the wilds.

This presentation illuminates what makes that happen and design weaknesses that conflict with that goal.

We will address:
1.    Line and shape of hardscape and planting beds
2.    Foundation plantings (must we have them?)
3.    Integrating the architecture with the natural
4.    Dealing with things we cannot change (property lines, neighboring properties
5.    Material choices for hardscape and softscape and how to use them

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John DeVore

Formerly in the greater Cincinnati area, John’s firm, DeVore’s Land and Water, is currently located in Citrus County, Florida. For more than 40 years, his specialty has been in the creation of functionally artistic gardens.

As a landscape and garden designer, he strives to bring the healing and restorative power of nature to an accessible level for a homeowner or business, regardless of location or size. As an educator and public speaker, John has trained professionals as well as garden enthusiasts nationally and internationally in design, stone construction and aesthetics, hardscape, water features, Japanese garden principles and horticultural practices.

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