When development is inevitable, it may still be possible to direct it. My proudest achievement, Haverfield Park, was a wildlife-friendly development of three luxurious country estates, including protected long views, noise ordinances, architecture compatible with the city’s history, and protected wildlife habitat with corridors leading to a pond built in the area’s natural watershed.
Work was nearly invisible for the first ten years: new wells drilled, old fencing removed, engineered above-ground septic systems, drainage planning and driveway designs. By starting with a master plan early, these young trees were shading a new driveway by the time homes appeared.
When Heron House was built in 2002, the landscape had begun to mature. Location shoots contributed to maintenance expenses.