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Poor Planning Leads to Mass Murder of Oak Trees


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Approximately nine and half years ago my wife and I bought a townhouse and moved into it. The townhouse is located in a gated community. Between each building is somewhere between 15’-20’ including a sidewalk, leading to the house entrances, and landscape. I do not know who design the landscape, but I suspect it consisted of couple of typical layouts… Read more »

Water, Water Everywhere…..

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Las Vegas is experiencing another shift in perspective.  Several years ago Las Vegas went through a transition from a north-eastern landscape culture and attitude to a trademark design philosophy that brought “desert landscaping” to Las Vegas.  This landscape design and construction technique has included desert adaptive plants, a drip irrigation system, decorative rock mulch and very limited or no manicured… Read more »

The Father of Landscape Architecture

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Over a century since his passing, Frederick Law Olmsted Senior’s influence is still felt and experienced by millions each year as people from all over the world take the opportunity to visit and experience one of the many landscapes he designed throughout his life. Known by many as the father of landscape architecture, and creator of many of America’s most… Read more »

Creative Courage with Alex Raffi

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“Creativity doesn’t just come, it is a process… There is no blank slate, you have a lifetime of experience… Start somewhere, literally anywhere”. Today we’re brushing up on some Creative Courage with Alex Raffi of Imagine Communications. Thanks, Alex, for the insight and perspective today!  

A Landscape Architect’s Reflections

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One of my favorite quotes comes from a great mind from my youth, Ferris Bueller, “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it”. At JWZ we’ve been working towards improving ourselves and our business. We are accomplishing this by implementing the strategies and systems we’ve learned from our business coach,… Read more »

Plastic Horizon

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We live in difficult times, not only economically but also environmentally. Within the last 5 years, specifically in the Las Vegas Valley, we have seen a tidal wave of momentum swing toward the use of artificial turf in lieu of natural living grass. Sure, water is a privileged resource here in the valley that we need to preserve. This feeling… Read more »