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July 2004 Issue

Narrating History with Natives
In Seattle, native species return to parks.

By Clair Enlow

Narrating History with Natives
Courtesy Charles Anderson Architecture

Plants move. Just like the animals and the people they support, they "weep, leap, and creep," says landscape architect Charles Anderson, ASLA. "It's their nature."

That's one of the reasons Anderson, who has designed a series of landscapes using native plants in Seattle, questions the very idea of restoration—for historic landscapes or natural ones. The other reason has to do with the nature of creativity. Artful, ecological—or both—the hand of the designer has been there. Like it or not, expression is part of the package.

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