Society of Landscape Architects: Indiana Chapter, awarded Hitchcock Design
Group--in association with Save the Dunes Conservation Fund, Phenix7 Mktg,
and Orbis Environmental Consulting--the prestigious Award of Excellence in
the Communication category for the creation and publication Living in the
Dunes: A Homeowner’s Guide to Landscaping in Indiana’s Dunes Communities.
Living in the Dunes
was a project developed by Save the Dunes to provide tools to nearshore
Dunes communities for creating responsible landscapes with native plants.
The booklet details resources with which to equip home and business owners
with responsible landscape ideas including the identification of 10
problematic invasive plant species found in the region and 20 native plants
that could be planted instead.
An invasive species
is a plant that is non-native and infests natural areas and causes
environmental or economic harm, or harm to human health. Removing invasive
plants would not only alleviate pressure from land managers who keep natural
areas healthy, but also add a necessary habitat for pollinators.
“It was an honor to
accept this award drawing attention to the incredible landscape and
diversity of Northwest Indiana,” Save the Dunes Project Coordinator
Nathanael Pilla said.
committee of 13 persons representing private, non-profit, and government
entities was assembled to make recommendations in the production of the
guide. In a little over a year since its release, the booklet has garnered
praise from local advocates, professionals, homeowners, and now the society
of landscape architects.
“As a long-time
Northwest Indiana resident, the Indiana Dunes is my hiking playground,
therefore, I have a personal goal to preserve the Dunes,” Phenix7 Mktg
President Gina Altieri said. “Last year, my Phenix7 team and I embraced the
opportunity to work closely with the Hitchcock Design Group, the Save the
Dunes and Orbis Environmental Consulting in designing and printing the
Living In the Dunes booklet.”
“There are so many
wonderful native plants in the dunes region that can be used for landscaping
that it was a difficult task to limit the number in the guide,” Orbis Senior
Botanist Scott Namestnik said. “Through input from various organizations,
our team chose 20 plants that are available in the nursery trade, that are
native to the dunes ecosystem, and that provide color throughout the year
and habitat for native insects and other wildlife.”
homeowners the ability and power to help transform Northwest Indiana into a
sustainable, biodiverse gem is exciting,” Pilla added.
A digital copy of
the Living in the Dunes booklet can be freely downloaded at