Landscape Architect & Specifier News

AUG 2017

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132 Landscape Architect and Specifier News s t e w a rd s h i p In 2015, the Community Lutheran Church of Rancho Santa Margarita, had its landscape irrigation surveyed by the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. After reviewing the results of the survey, the church partnered with C2 Collaborative, a San Clemente, Calif., based landscape architecture firm, for an updated landscape design. The new design called for the removal of existing turf and for the installation water efficient plants, which also serve as butterfly and hummingbird habitats. All of the design services provided by C2 were done so on a pro bono basis. Landscape Architect & Specifier News (ISSN 1060-9962) is published monthly by Landscape Communications, Inc., 14771 Plaza Drive Suite A, Tustin, California 92780 Phone: 714-979-LASN (5276); Fax: 714-434-3862. Online version (ISSN 2150-9123). Copyright 2017 by Landscape Communications, Inc. Printed in the U.S.A. All rights reserved. Contents may not be reprinted or otherwise reproduced without written permission. Periodicals postage paid at Tustin, CA and additional mailing offices. Subscription Inquiries: Send new or renewal notices or change of address (send both new and old addresses) to Landscape Architect & Specifier News, P.O. Box 1126, Tustin, CA 92781-1126. Subscriptions: Licensed/Registered Landscape Architects free of charge. Others, Continental U.S., Alaska, Hawaii & Canada: 12 issues, $34.95, 24 issues, $55.00, Mexico: 12 issues, $65.00 per year. Additional copies may be purchased by contacting LASN at or 714-979-5276 ext. 144. Postmaster: Please send address changes to Landscape Architect & Specifier News, P.O. Box 1126, Tustin, CA 92781-1126. During the latter months of 2015, Community Lutheran Church (CLC) of Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif., received a landscape irrigation survey by the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. After analyzing the survey results, CLC's pastor, Marty Jacobs, became aware of a series of problems including broken sprinkler heads, leaks, uneven water pressure and ineffective sprinkler coverage. With this in mind, CLC sought the assistance of C2 Collaborative, an Orange County, Calif., based landscape architecture firm. C2 Collaborative manages projects that run that gamut from small residential projects to large commercial and retail designs. Peter Mowery, design director with C2 developed a detailed, professional landscape plan. Old plants and shrubs were removed. As California's cyclical struggles with drought were at their peak, a considerable amount of water was becoming necessary to maintain the existing turf, which had a thick layer of thatch interlaced throughout. The thatch made it almost impossible to effectively irrigate. Ultimately Mowery specified the use of a water efficient softscape and the removal of the turf. The new softscape was designed to also serve as a habitat for hummingbirds and butterflies. "A few of the goals we had were renovating the campus, to revitalize it and create a new look," said Mowery, C2 Collaborative. "There is also a great preschool here. We wanted to enhance the learning experience that the students have by promoting butterfly and humming bird habitats." All design services for this project were provided by C2 on a pro bono basis. If you have a project where landscape architectural design services were provided pro bono, you can submit your Stewardship proposal to: Story Ideas? A New Landscape For a Community Pillar By Andrew Soto, LASN PHOTO CREDIT: C2 COLLABORATIVE

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