5 Rules for Flipping Your Strip

Visit our Etsy shop for park strip planting plans made for the Intermountain West. These astrology-themed designs are drought-tolerant, pollinator-friendly, and a unique useful gift for any occasion. So you’ve decided to jump on the water-conservation bandwagon—it’s time to go big or go home! But, before you go for the scorched earth version of park[…]

The Purpose of Park Strips

Visit our Etsy shop for park strip planting plans made for the Intermountain West. These astrology-themed designs are drought-tolerant, pollinator-friendly, and a unique useful gift for any occasion. With the ongoing drought in Utah, park strips are really starting to feel the heat (literally and figuratively). Increasingly hot and dry summer temperatures, as well as[…]

Trial by Fire: How I Became a Historic Preservation (and Community Revitalization) Advocate

In the process of re-building a historic home, we also became part of a larger community re-building process. Through blood, sweat, and tears, and a literal baptism by fire, we became old-house restoration experts, and at the same time, grassroots community advocates. For us, our home restoration and the revitalization of this amazing place have been parallel narratives, narratives that began with looking past the outer layer of decay and blight and truly believing in the potential of a place; willingness to work hard and apply hours upon hours of sweat equity; and making slow but steady incremental improvements that have an exponential impact over many (so many) years.

Reinventing Community Engagement

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[…]

Going Back to Our Roots!

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[…]

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Io and Athena: Inspiring Women

The Athena Award is a prestigious award that recognizes inspiring women, including our Principal Landscape Designer, Shalae Larsen. As a women-owned business (whose name is informed by Greek mythology) and whose mission it is to create sustainable, vibrant communities while mentoring the next generation of female landscape architects, Io Landscape Architecture is pleased to congratulate[…]