• Margie Ruddick


The idea of restoration could seem, on the surface, antithetical to design. In the decades since the environmental movement took hold, any self-respecting high-design practice couldn’t help but marginalize the concept of restoration. Restoration was what people with no imaginations did. Design made something new; restoration just put back what was there. Interviewing landscape designers and contractors for a residential project in Santa Fe sometime around 1995, I mentioned that I wanted to use pinyon and juniper—the plants that dominate the high desert woodland of the region—outside the house. One English garden–inclined landscape designer, when asked whether she could do this, could not have looked less enthusiastic. “Yes, I could do that,” she told me grudgingly. “It really is just a restoration project, but I can find the plants for you.”


Invasive Species Water Hyacinth Restoration Project Tidal Wetland River Terrace 
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