Trailblazing the SCJ way

The outdoors has become a refuge for many as the pandemic wears on. From reducing cabin fever to treating Zoom fatigue, spacious parks and beaches provide options for socially distanced picnics, and campgrounds at reduced capacity are giving families space…

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Horsey the Chestnut Tree: Connecting people to place

A horse-chestnut tree (Aesculus hippocastanum) has taken center stage in the design of an assisted living and memory care center project in Covington, Washington. Lovingly referred to as Horsey by the project design team, the nearly 50-year-old tree stands at…

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Landscape architects transform spaces into places

What’s your favorite outdoor place? A park or playground? The shore of a river or lake? Maybe a hiking or biking trail? Your own backyard? When we think about these places, we anticipate the joy they bring. Moments of respite…

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Eagle Scout Park Grand Opening

Located in the City of Lake Forest Park, the new and improved Eagle Scout Park is now officially open to the public! Originally a grassy area populated with defunct outdoor exercise equipment and aging birch trees, SCJ's Seattle landscape architecture…

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Life by Design: Jill McFarland, Landscape Architect

After nearly two decades as a landscape designer, Jill McFarland is now a landscape architect. “Most people already thought I was one,” she laughed. “Even my kids!” Jill went to architecture school at the University of Minnesota and earned her master’s in landscape…

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Small Town Escape in the City

The tiny town of Yarrow Point, population 1,010, is surrounded on three sides by water. It’s nestled along the eastern shore of Lake Washington, a stone’s throw from big-city neighbor, Bellevue, located just a few miles south. Nearly three quarters…

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Designing a Pathway from Pre-K to 8th

The morning bell rings at 8:10 for elementary students in Chehalis, Wash. The journey to get there may have been smooth, rainy, bumpy, sunny or all of the above. Maybe the school bus picked them up right on schedule and…

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