Queen Anne Deck Remodel

The existing landscape of this Queen Anne backyard in Seattle contained a series of cramped, disconnected spaces on multiple levels with little space to spread out or entertain. SCJ's landscape architecture team of out of Seattle, SCJ Studio, designed a…

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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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Enhancing Legacy, Engaging Process: Thesis complete!

Congratulations to Hailey Mackay for publishing her master’s thesis. “The thesis proposes the use of plants to remove hazardous wastes from soil and water, a process known as phytoremediation, as a promising alternative to traditional methods of toxics clean-up. This project focuses…

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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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Advancing the Landscape of Sustainability in Schools

Students may have started summer vacation this week, but schools have a lot to learn from one of the area’s newest facilities. The Olympia Regional Learning Academy (ORLA) is a model for environmental stewardship. With the goal of eventually leading…

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