kirstendirksen | January 8, 2011 | Sun Valley, Idaho, landscape ecologist Kelly Weston likes to make clear native landscapes don’t have to be messy. “I have native landscapes that are highly structured next to very contemporary houses.” Working in the resort town area of Sun Valley, Idaho (with homes of the likes of Arnold Schwarzenegger, Clint Eastwood, Bruce Willis and Demi Moore), Weston has to compete with a golf-course aesthetic, but tighter water restrictions in the area have helped business. Weston also assures that once a native yard has matured—usually within 3 or 4 years—it not only uses dramatically less water, but requires much less maintenance than a turf landscape. Here he shows us a LEED-certified landscape (next to a LEED home) in Ketchum, Idaho, where annual rainfall is about 15 inches per year.
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