April is National Landscape Architecture Month!  According to ASLA,  landscape architects across the country will host a variety of activities to celebrate the profession and explain how their work contributes to the public’s well-being. This year’s theme provides many events that will demonstrate how green design can encourage healthy living.

Monarch Stone International is passionate about sustainable, enduring, natural stone which is frequently incorporated into designs created by landscape architects for garden, vehicular, and pedestrian areas. We have covered everything from reclaimed/recycled antique cobblestone, to green homes, and the importance of permeable hardscape surfaces.  Check out all our posts under the category, Green-Sustainable.

A new ASLA brochure, “Designing for Your Health and Well-Being,” describes ways to promote healthy living through landscape architecture. Also, to mark the month, the entire April issue of Landscape Architecture Magazine is available online for free.

Some of the events throughout National Landscape Architecture Month include:

  • Building a series of rain gardens for Joplin, Missouri, which is still recovering from a devastating tornado, by the Prairie Gateway chapter
  • Garden design workshops in three Alaskan cities
  • Three walking tours in San Diego County
  • A “sketch walk” at Columbus Circle and Lincoln Center in New York City
  • A program in the schools and a wetlands walk in Southern California
  • A self-guided walking tour of downtown Indianapolis’s significant landscapes, public parks, and urban design scheme
  • A program in Idaho working with students and the local high school environmental education program
  • Showing a documentary film, Biophilic Design: The Architecture of Life, in Boston that explores the need and importance of reconnecting people with nature
  • Community-based garden design In Utah, carried out by the Wasatch Community Gardens and the Utah Chapter of ASLA

We encourage you to learn more about landscape architecture and the impact the profession has on your living or working environment!