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Copy of Landscape Design

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Ed Graziano

on 5 February 2014

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Ecoscape Path Foundation
The Challenge
Raising awareness to protect our natural world,
as well as correcting the issues that we created.
One step at a time.

The Issue

By over-exploiting the earths resources we are undermining the very basis of our own life. The signs are all around us of the destruction caused by human activity and the decaying ecosystem.
Issue continued

Peace and survival of life on earth as we know it are threatened by our activities that lack a commitment to human values. Destruction of nature and its natural resources results from our own ignorance, greed, and lack of respect for the earth's living things. This lack of respect has not happened overnight, and it is the future generations who will inherit a vastly degraded planet if destruction of the natural environment continues at the present rate.

The Proposal - what to do?

Before we start correcting the issues, I strongly believe we must first start with the right mindset.

One way to refocus one's mind is the use of a labyrinth.

By creating living labyrinths within our native landscapes, this process can start to take place.
In a labyrinth, you follow a curving pathway that winds to a center. (Unlike mazes, which have false paths and dead ends, labyrinths are not designed to be difficult to navigate.) Once at the center, you simply take the same path out.

How to achieve success:
Once one has experienced their personal journey through this nature-inspired labyrinth there will be an informational center on site providing the visitor educational material on our declining ecosystem. Issues needing attention, large and small, with easy options for donations to rightful causes as well as personal involvement on multiple levels.

Blooms spring to fall
Zones 9-11
Magnet for Butterfly's and Hummingbirds
Nassaella Tenuissima
. 2 feet tall and wide
. Zone 26-24
Butterfly Bush
Zones 5-9
Blooms June to September
Height 6-8 feet
Spread 3-5 feet
Attracts Butterflys
Libertia Peregrinans
. 2 feet tall, half as wide
. Bloom in spring and summer
. Zones 7-9 and 14-24
Sedum Rupestre
. 6 inches
. Great ground cover
. Zone 2-24
Scented Thyme
Ground Cover
Zones 4-9
When walked upon herb will release fragrance.
Salvia Clevelandii
. 3 to 5 feet tall 5-8 feet wide
. Zones 7-9 and 12-24
Asclepias tuberosa
Butterfly Weed
Height 1-2.5"
Spread 1-1.5 "
Zones 3-9
Bloom time June to August
Colors orange and yellow
Attracts Butterfly's
Agastache Rugosa
. 5 feet tall, 2 feet wide
. Attracts hummingbirds
. Zones 4-24
Helictotrichon Sempervirens
. Grows in clumps, reaches 2-3 feet tall/wide
. Clusters for 2 feet above foliage in spring
. Zones 1-12 and 14-24
Working with local landscape companies within the proposed site for the labyrinth installation, the foundation will provide all details for the project.
Buxus Green Velvet
. 3 feet tall, 3 feet wide
. Zones 5-8
Coreopsis Creme Brulee
. Blooms from summer to frost
. Attracts butterflies
. Good ground cover, drought tolerant
. Zones 5-9

Daylily Pardon Me
. Zone 3-9
Delosperma Cooperi
. Thrives in heat
. Covers 2 feet in single season
. Zone 6-8
Blooms in spring
Zones 5-9
If you focus your mind, the experience of walking the labyrinth is relaxing, especially as you are surrounded by nature—with the sight, sound, smell, and touch of the plants, birds, and butterflies. It’s almost as if you’ve entered into a hidden world away from the “chatter” of everyday life. You can simply reflect, release any tensions, and rejuvenate in a contemplative state.

The foundation will also contract with the local landscape company to maintain the area on an annual contract.
The Labyrinth is an ancient symbol used as a walking meditation to assist us in finding peace, managing stress, making decisions, and healing physically, emotionally, and spiritually.The most famous European labyrinth is the great one set into the floor of Chartres cathedral measuring over 40' across.
Labyrinth design
Today, labyrinths have experienced a rebirth of interest. Researchers at Harvard Medical School have found that walking a labyrinth can lower the breathing rate, blood pressure, and chronic pain as well as reduce stress levels and anxiety.
They are being built at hospitals, local churches, wellness centers, playgrounds, and even prisons.
Labyrinth in the woodlands.
Labyrinths in tropical
While one person's actions may not have a significant impact, the combined effect of millions of individuals' actions certainly does.
Fortunately, more and more people are coming to recognize the importance of ethical discipline as a means to ensuring a healthy place to live. For this reason I am optimistic that disaster can be averted.
We have the capability and the responsibility. We must act before it is too late.
Focusing on what lies ahead
Northeast woodlands
Hana, Maui rainforest
We must start by choosing the right path.
Plan Design
Final Design
Before we can change our world around us we must first change ourselves. Not physically, mentally. Our society today is focused on “Self” and “Instant Gratification.”
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