Compost: the Secret Sauce

August 17, 2018

Compost is not just recycled clippings, it’ more. It has become the go to panacea for landscapes. It is an organic amendment you add to provide nutrients to plants. In fact, compost provides a wide range of unexpected solutions for designers. Have percolation issues? Add compost. Need to increase water holding capacity of soils? Add…

Adaptive Reuse is a Game Changer for Sustainable Development

August 11, 2018

If you are working towards a LEED certification for your project, have you thought about SITES? SITESv2 and LEEDv4 have more synergies in common than you might think. Much of the work that counts towards LEED can also help your project become SITES certified especially when it comes to designing for lifecycle aspects. There are…

APDW is Taking the First Step in Changing the World

August 4, 2018

April and Gary are excited to announce that they have been selected to join the Climate Reality Leadership Corps and participate in leadership training hosted by @AlGore August 28-30, 2018 in Los Angeles. Learn more: #LeadOnClimate

Marin by the Sea

August 1, 2018

Sea level is not a fixed point. Imagine, that you were asked to define a typical day. Most people would respond with the two extremes, sunrise and sunset. But what if you lived by the sea? Sea level behaves like a typical day, it has a range. There are low tides and high tides, which…

“An Afternoon” with Piet Oudolf

July 13, 2018

Our APDW studio doesn’t always go to the movies together, but when we do we see fantastic films about gorgeous gardens, amazing artists and thoughtful documentaries. Last week we were lucky to attend a screening of Five Seasons: The Garden of Piet Oudolf, directed by Thomas Piper. The film captures the intentional seasonal beauty of Piet…

Our Palms Have Arrived!

July 6, 2018

Beautiful Canary Island Date Palms (Phoenix canariensis) arrived at our Union Flats project site in Union City, CA. These large palms will provide instant visual impact and shade to the adjacent promenade. Being able to procure matching palms at this size can be challenging and costly. We were glad the team was able to obtain…

Our Life at APDW

June 29, 2018

Our APDW team values spending time together. And together, we communicate our perspectives, ideas, and knowledge in various ways to embrace the diverse backgrounds and experiences. Every Friday morning, we celebrate the end of the week with freshly made Johnny Doughnuts. #JohnnyDoughnuts. Sharing the good stuff.Our Chalkboard is our active Q&A board where we share opinions on…

Happy Summer Solstice

June 21, 2018

  The further you are towards the north pole, the longer daytime you have today, so be aware and experience the year’s longest day, shortest noontime shadow, and latest sunset. Typically, in UK, people gather around Stonehenge to watch the sun rise above the heel stone. The purpose of Stonehenge still remains unresolved but one…