Living Roof and Pond




This is the home and test garden of sustainable landscape designer Nancy Striniste and family. This award-winning garden is where clients visit to see many of the sustainable landscape ideas and native plants in Nancy’s designs.

Along the front walk, a drystack stone wall overflows with perennials, herbs and cascading succulents. Enter under the Carolina Jessamine covered arch into a fenced cottage garden filled with native shrubs, vines, perennials and edibles. The front porch, added to the home in 2005, includes wide overhangs that shade the porch in summer and a dyed concrete floor with fern and leaf imprints. Above the porch, a living roof which filters and absorbs stormwater, is planted with a lush variety of succulents.

The back yard landscape includes a two-level pond and water garden.

A dry stream crosses the back yard, passes the edible garden (which includes annual vegetables, a fig tree, hardy kiwi vines, blueberry bushes, herbs, strawberries and an asparagus bed) and runs along the east side to the rain garden which is planted with well-adapted native plants. Stormwater from around the property collects here, and soaks into the highly pervious soil within hours.

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Our services don’t stop at great design.

We offer great design AND...

Our authorized contractors are available to build your playspace. 

We check in often during the whole installation process, and when it’s done,
we follow up with an orientation to the site, and a custom maintenance plan.

We offer informative and empowering workshops and talks.

Plus... our EarlySpace Shop has a carefully curated collection of nature play elements.