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Sherford is a future green community under construction in the United Kingdom. The town will be home to 12,000 people. Every home in Sherford will be built using sustainable materials that can be sourced within 50 miles (80 kilometers) of the town. Eco-cities will be smaller than many of the cities built in the past. Smaller cities will allow for homes, shops, schools, medical centers, and other “everyday” places to be in close proximity to each other so people can easily walk to them. TREASURE ISLAND Erika Richmond Green Roof Designer Erika Richmond Green Roof Design Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada A green roof planted with sedum plants 50 Treasure Island is a man–made island off the coast of San Francisco.

45 They might want the designer to design and build a lake or even create a garden with a theme, such as an English cottage garden or a Buddhist temple garden. Designing gardens involves having a good knowledge of plants and construction. The work includes thinking up your own ideas and working closely with clients to bring their ideas alive. Garden design and horticulture (the science and art of growing plants) can be studied at college, at night school classes, or even by taking online courses.

Just as we do in our homes, we need to think about our garden’s carbon footprint and balance all the different options to come up with the greenest solutions. We can choose locally available stone. We can buy wood for outdoor projects that is FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) approved. We can even use old materials, such as bricks and tiles, from reclamation yards. Choosing the Right Plants When Mother Nature was designing her “garden” she put particular species of plants in places where the climate was just right for them.

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