Green Gables

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.