We create designs that are built of communities of native plants that occur naturally, and locally, together. Our methods are new and quite rigorous, as they bridge traditional landscape design with conservation biology through the use of local ecological data. Considering natural flora within the landscape design arena is an exciting proposition, as resilient solutions can be found in their adaptations, structure, relationships, and population dynamics. They also offer an elegant ecological beauty that is unique to eastern temperate landscapes. Our projects serve as powerful and tangible examples of how humans can co-exist with natural ecosystems and wildlife. Each project leads to an ecological education (for the client, and for CUH staff) and a stronger sense of feeling at home in a landscape.

We call our method Natural Plant Community Modeling. CUH staff have spent a decade creating and refining the method, from the ground up. It was created to serve as a bridge between restoration ecology and landscape design, and between science and artful application. The method is also finely tuned to meet and reflect the ecological nuance and demands of unique and varied local landscapes. When these designs are put to action, landscapes are spawned that are not only functional combinations of cultural and natural elements, but also bastions of biodiversity renewal. We aim to maximize your landscape’s ability to support pollinators, birds, bees, amphibians, and other wildlife by giving them the local ecological context they are adapted to. We are encouraging people to embrace the ecological beauty and wisdom apparent in natural plant communities. CUH is proud to be at the leading edge of a modern movement to usher in a new era in landscape architecture.