Design with Nature on Cape Cod and the Islands seeks to reverse this damaging trend by offering landscape professionals, local officials, and homeowners a sustainable approach to landscape design based on the ecoregion’s native plants and plant communities. Presenting detailed discussions of Cape Cod’s natural history, Jack Ahern focuses on the principal plant communities that define its landscape character and that are well adapted to local soils and growing conditions, including climate change. The book also includes strategies for ecological planting design and a portfolio of photographs of active ecologically designed landscapes.
“Design with Nature’sdiscussion of native plant communities and its portfolio of landscape designs are informative, inspiring, and demonstrate the rich potential of following an ecological approach that utilizes species native to the islands and Cape.”—Darrel Morrison, author of Beauty of the Wild: A Life Designing Landscapes Inspired by Nature
“Written for professionals and scholars in the fields of landscape architecture, ecological restoration, and land management, as well as for property owners, Design with Nature provides a useful, instructional guide, exemplifying essential perspectives and practices. Ahern is an international expert in landscape ecology and ecological design, and his expertise is elegantly communicated in this deeply researched book.”—Nancy Rottle, coauthor of Ecological Design
Winner of the 2022 Boston Society of Landscape Architects’ Design Award in the category of communications