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Lakeside Harmony

This project seeks to seamlessly integrate a massive garden of native perennials with a modern family lake home, creating a captivating extension that resonates with the architectural essence of the residence.

Project Objectives:

  1. Celebrate Native Flora: Introduce a diverse array of native perennials that thrive in the Okoboji region, celebrating the natural beauty of the landscape while promoting ecological sustainability.
  2. Architectural Synergy: Forge a harmonious connection between the garden and the residence, ensuring that the design language of the garden complements and reverberates the modern architectural aesthetics of the family lake home.
  3. Seasonal Appeal: Craft a garden that enchants throughout the seasons, with careful consideration given to the bloom cycles, foliage variations, and color palettes that evolve with the changing tapestry of Okoboji’s climate.
  4. Family-Friendly Design: Design outdoor spaces within the garden that cater to the family’s recreational needs, offering cozy corners for relaxation, play areas, and picturesque spots for family gatherings against the backdrop of native blooms.
  5. Sustainable Practices: Implement sustainable landscaping practices, including efficient water management, native plant selection to reduce the need for pesticides and fertilizers, and the integration of eco-friendly materials where possible.

Key Features:

  1. Native Perennial Garden: A curated selection of native perennials, such as Black-Eyed Susans, Coneflowers, and Milkweed, will bloom throughout the seasons, creating a vibrant tapestry that reflects the local ecosystem.
  2. Architectural Accents: Introduce architectural elements within the garden that echo the lines and materials of the family lake home, ensuring a seamless transition between indoor and outdoor living spaces.
  3. Lakefront Integration: Design pathways and seating areas that offer unobstructed views of the lake, allowing the family to connect with nature while enjoying the tranquility of lakeside living.
  4. Customized Planting Plan: Tailor the planting plan to the specific microclimates of the property, ensuring optimal growth conditions for each species and creating a resilient, low-maintenance landscape.
  5. Smart Irrigation System: Implement an intelligent irrigation system that maximizes water efficiency by utilizing weather data and soil moisture sensors, promoting responsible water usage.

“Lakeside Harmony” is not just a landscape project; it’s a holistic vision that unites architecture and nature, offering the residents of this family lake home a living tapestry that evolves with the rhythm of the seasons. Through native perennials and thoughtful design, we aim to create a sustainable, aesthetically pleasing, and family-friendly outdoor haven that truly encapsulates the essence of Okoboji, Iowa.

Role: Landscape Architect
Collaborators: PKA Architecture, Dells Gardens, Steffes Companies (GC)
Photography: Spacecrafting