Musings.

A collection of articles, awards, notes and stories.

CHLA Stories

CHLA Stories – Adkins Arboretum

The series continues... An inside look at the our "Parking Lot Alive" project in partnership with the Adkins Arboretum. Adkins is a sprawling 400-acre native plant arboretum located within Tuckahoe State Park on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. Stay tuned for more.
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November 30, 2021
CHLA Stories

CHLA Stories – Inside the design.

Unlike works of art that are perfect upon completion, the art of shaping the landscape is subtle and takes TIME to achieve the intended result. And yet that result is never final or unchangeable. CHLA’s gardens are in and of themselves a PROCESS—never finished and always needing attention. It is a privilege to share in this process with our valued…
CHLA
October 12, 2021
Awards

CHLA Wins 2021 PPA Award

Senior Associate, Nick Ries at our award-winning Bridgeview garden.The PPA judging committee applauded CHLA's cohesive design with attention to all aspects of the landscape, including the hardscapes. Broad vistas and contemporary elements provided an inspiring edge to the “New American Garden” style. Read more here... 2021 PPA AWARDS
CHLA
August 16, 2021
Articles

The Etlan Property

Sprawled at the base of Old Rag Mountain; rolling hills, ancient rock outcroppings, freshwater trout streams, working farmland, and a network of nature corridors make the Etlan Property extremely complex. The design team set out to conduct a site analysis in order to unpack its holistic potential.HISTORICAL CONTEXT:  1725 - Established by German settlers, formerly Herbon community  1775 - Madison Men…
CHLA
March 30, 2021
Articles

From Autumn to Winter…

As we pass from autumn to winter, the landscape rests. It is a peaceful time of waiting and preparation. It is a time to reflect on the past year and look ahead to the next. This winter is like no other in our lifetimes. After nine months of trying to avoid a virus by living outdoors, we once again retreat…
CHLA
January 8, 2021
Articles

Living in the COVID World

As landscape architects, we often find ourselves meeting people where they are in life. We engage with a client at a precise moment in time, for better or for worse, unknowing of the challenges or triumphs that have beset each of us. This past year, we found the art of listening to be more valuable than the gift of gab.…
CHLA
January 5, 2021
Articles

Environmental Stewardship at South Annapolis Yacht Centre

Margins are the nexus of activity and life in any ecosystem. At the margins of fields, forests, and waterways, a disproportionate amount of life and activity occurs. At the South Annapolis Yacht Centre on Spa Creek, this buzz of life has historically been related to human interaction with the water, including a symphony of boats, docks, bulkheads, and avid boaters…
Kevin Campion
December 4, 2020
Articles

Castlebrook

This project was a true collaboration with the land, the architecture, and artist who always had the vision. CHLA was fortunate to be a part of this project from the beginning. Owner, Teresa Fishbeck, is an artist and was very involved in this project, both indoors and outdoors. There is not a detail of this garden that escaped her attention.…
Bob Hruby
October 22, 2020
Articles

Outside Homes: An Artist’s Eye, A Castle’s Brook

One of Teresa Fishbeck’s 16” x 20” oil paintings on canvas, “Almost Home,” depicts a woman in a long white, flowing dress cinched at the waist, carrying flowers in one hand while whisking across a stone-paved bridge at sunset to a castle-like abode... Read More at Washington Life
CHLA
October 19, 2020
Articles

Slate House Featured in Dwell

When Marlene and E. Dale Adkins’s home of 22 years, a 1960s ranch house in Greenspring Valley, Maryland, was lost in a fire in 2013, the couple vowed to rebuild. Read on: https://www.dwell.com/article/baltimore-owings-mills-maryland-residential-architect-ziger-snead-burnt-wood-siding-corten-steel-shou-sugi-ban-fe0d5d78/cover
CHLA
August 5, 2019