As stewards of the environment, Uncommon Gardens is committed to creating sustainable and regenerative landscapes that harmonize with nature. We draw inspiration from ReScape, a nonprofit organization advocating for whole-systems regenerative approaches to landscaping. Let’s delve into ReScape’s eight principles and explore how Uncommon Gardens is weaving them into our design ethos.

8 Principles

At Uncommon Gardens, we recognize the importance of sourcing materials locally. By collaborating with nearby nurseries and suppliers, we reduce transportation emissions and support our community. Our plant selections are tailored to thrive in our specific climate, ensuring resilience and longevity.

Waste reduction is at the core of our practices. Uncommon Gardens minimizes green waste by composting organic matter and reusing materials whenever possible. Our commitment to sustainable hardscaping materials and efficient irrigation systems further reduces waste.

Healthy soil is the foundation of any thriving landscape. We prioritize soil health through organic amendments, cover cropping, and minimal disturbance during installation. By fostering robust soil ecosystems, we enhance plant vitality and water retention.

Uncommon Gardens actively participates in carbon sequestration. Our choice of native trees and shrubs contributes to carbon storage. Additionally, we advocate for homeowners to maintain mature trees, which play a vital role in offsetting carbon emissions.

Water conservation is non-negotiable. Our designs incorporate drought-tolerant plants, efficient irrigation controllers, and rainwater harvesting systems. Uncommon Gardens educates clients on responsible water usage, promoting a sustainable balance.

Thoughtful landscape design can significantly impact energy consumption. Uncommon Gardens strategically places shade trees to cool outdoor spaces, reducing the need for air conditioning. We also integrate LED low voltage lighting and energy-efficient fixtures.

Our commitment extends beyond aesthetics. Uncommon Gardens avoids harmful pesticides and synthetic fertilizers, safeguarding water quality. We promote native pollinator-friendly plants, enhancing biodiversity and air quality.

Biodiversity thrives in well-designed landscapes. Uncommon Gardens incorporates native plants, birdhouses, and pollinator-friendly features. Our goal is to create havens for wildlife, fostering ecological balance.

  • Native Plant Palettes: We curate plant palettes that celebrate local flora, attracting native birds, butterflies, and beneficial insects.
  • Permeable Surfaces: Our hardscapes allow rainwater infiltration, reducing runoff and replenishing groundwater.
  • Educational Workshops: Uncommon Gardens hosts workshops on sustainable gardening practices, empowering our clients to be eco-conscious stewards.

In conclusion, Uncommon Gardens aligns with ReScape’s principles to create landscapes that not only beautify but also regenerate our environment. Together, we cultivate spaces that honor nature’s wisdom and inspire a greener future.

For more information about ReScape, visit their website1. If you’d like to explore our regenerative landscape designs, feel free to reach out to Uncommon Gardens at