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Native meadow grasses are rapidly gaining popularity as both an alternative to traditional turf-grass, or a low-maintenance shrub-border. These grasses are easy to grow, have beautiful ornamental seed-heads, and are very drought-tolerant!    A few of our favorite varieties include Grama Grass, Sheep Fescue, Atlas Fescue, or for shady areas, Blue Zinger sedge or Pennsylvania […]

Butterflies evolved into specific species by eating only a few different plants. As human development has expanded, these plants got ripped down or dispersed. Butterflies thrive on large groupings of plants. Many butterflies can’t eat nonnative plants, they need their specific native plant to survive. 90% of insect species can only eat the plants that […]

Photo of Sheep Bridge Nature Preserve, courtesy of Stuart Ruckman. Featured from Io LandArch’s trailhead project with The Nature Conservancy. At Io LandArch, we believe that the landscape + architecture planning and design process is a journey through thought and time to create sustainable and vibrant places, communities, and landscapes. It is an expedition lined […]

As a Historic Home Restoration survivor, veteran community organizer, Landscape Architect/Architect, and Urban Designer, it has occurred to me numerous times over the past 2 decades just how much restoring a historic home is a microcosm of community revitalization.  Historic structures are an essential building block of successful community revitalization, but the parallels go much […]

As a women-owned business, whose mission is to create sustainable, vibrant communities while mentoring the next generation of female landscape architects, Io Landscape Architecture is pleased to congratulate Shalae Larsen, Io Principal, on her nomination for the prestigious ATHENA Award .  The award recognizes women who have achieved personal and professional success, and who are leaders […]

Over the course of 20 years of professional and individual community engagement, we’ve been to a LOT of different types of public meetings.  The best ones are creative and fun with active involvement of participants.  They actually work to make a project better. The worst ones are boring, limit community feedback, or worse–collect feedback and […]

We’re proud to unveil our new logo!  The name Io stems from Greek mythology.  Io was a demi-goddess represented by a white heifer.  As a woman-founded design practice we deliberately chose the name based on its strong female archetype and also its agricultural symbolism.  We have both personal ties to small-scale community agriculture and a […]

The documentation and preservation of Historical Landscapes represents a relatively new and frequently misunderstood branch of the preservation movement.  Many historic landscapes are being lost before their significance is recognized.  Historic landscapes are important because often they provide context for historic buildings and structures. But historic landscapes can also exist without historic buildings, or can […]

Io Landscape Architecture, in conjunction with Carbon Architects, hosted the first ever PARK(ing) Day in Ogden on September 20, 2013.   Watch the brief video below, where our Principal, Shalae Larsen outlines the project concepts and goals.  Special thanks to Johnson Media Corp. for putting this together.  Shalae also appeared in another featured video by Only in Ogden! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aSDokLo_gEk   […]

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