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Juanita Salisbury

Landscape Architect

Juanita Salisbury Landscape Architecture

Landscape Design for People and Pollinators: Form Follows Function


The process of landscape design is the study of the function of outdoor spaces. Who (including non-humans) will use the space? What are the opportunities on site? What are the constraints? How is an outdoor space designed? The simple answer is: form follows function. Once the functions of a space are clear, the shape of the space is transformed to fit the functions. The Primrose Way Pollinator Garden combines this simple design process with a native plant palette, with the resulting aesthetically pleasing environment filled with life.

The main function for plants is to provide access to the sun's energy to animals. This energy transformation then is sent through the food chain, where the interrelationships between plants and animals form a community structure. By examining the nutritional offering of plants and other habitat needs, a complex community structure can created and supported. Thus functional aspects of design choices extend into plant selections.

The study of this community structure created by native plants--as well as the design of these spaces--has far-reaching implications for all sorts career and life choices.

Meet the Speaker:

Juanita Salisbury has a Ph.D. in Biopsychology from the University of Florida (1988), as well as a Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture from West Virginia University (2000). In 2009 she established Juanita Salisbury Landscape Architecture after working for commercial and residential design firms. She has recently turned her focus to California native plant pollinator habitats, and in 2016 established the Primrose Way Pollinator Garden, the first of four pollinator habitat gardens in Palo Alto. Her focus is to research and relay information on of these habitats, as well as to explore opportunities to install more of them.

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