Green Gables: An American Landscape Designed With Nature in Mind
It was just a normal piece of lakeside property when Richard Ehrenberg bought the place back in 1993. In this series of articles he describes how he took his .8 acres from a typical lawn to a wonderful natural/native landscape.
Introduction (pdf) When he bought the property, Ehrenberg knew that nothing about the place would remind anyone of Green Gables, but he gave it that name anyway, and went to work.
Planning (pdf) Ehrenberg’s careful planning resulted in habitat for wildlife, and allowed the beauty of nature to be part of the yard – while also creating a habitat for people.
A Front-Yard Forest (pdf) Measuring just 50 feet x 85 feet, the Green Gables front-yard forest is a big part of the transformation.
A Prairie Garden (pdf) Fourteen years ago the back yard was – a back yard. Today it’s a prairie garden filled with natural beauty.
Lakeshore Shade (pdf) A variety of native trees, native woodland flowers, and even some interesting metal wildlife creatures (sculpture) make for a woodsy lakeshore setting.
Sumac & Raspberries (pdf) Staghorn sumac, prairie rose, and black raspberry are just some of the shrubs that add interest to the yard at Green Gables.
What I have Learned (pdf) A great list of lessons learned, conclusions, and still learning into the future.
Camouflaged Drainage (pdf) An almost invisible drainage system does the job while staying in aesthetic harmony with nature.