Apiary Studio
Posted on March 21, 2019 by Hans on Experimentation

The Gurney Street Seeding Experiment

In partnership with HACE and N.4TH, Apiary Studio designed and installed 18 seed testing plots along the Conrail railroad gulch in North Kensington as a means of testing what plants might survive the conditions there and possibly help to inform future revegetation efforts. This will be an ongoing experimental trial for 2019. As we began the work of […]

Posted on January 3, 2017 by Hans on Uncategorized

Divine Inspiration out West

We recently had the pleasure of taking a road-trip across the American Southwest to visit several national parks, botanical gardens and cultural landscapes that would help inspire our work back home on the East Coast. The scale, grandeur and seeming physical impossibility of the Southwest landscape was truly inspiring to behold. The vibrant colors of […]

Posted on by Hans on Craft & Construction, Experimentation, Gardening

Black Locust

We finally had an opportunity to specify and utilize black locust on one of our projects. We’ve been itching to use this sustainable and locally-sourced material for many years. Black Locust is a native North American tree that grows like a weed, colonizing disturbed site with abandon. A common tree along agricultural wind breaks, successional […]

Posted on by Hans on Craft & Construction, Gardening, Horticulture

Cedar Fence

The backyard garden for a residential project in Fort Green has started to come together this summer. We recently inspected the project to approve the construction of the cedar fence that will separate the garden from the neighbors on three sides. The fence is constructed using thin, western red cedar lattice. We’re very happy with […]

Posted on by Hans on Craft & Construction, Experimentation

Terrazzo Jawn

When we designed the Pickle Factory garden for the Fishtown neighborhood of Northeast Philadelphia, we wanted to create a modern garden space that utilized interesting materials and reflected the sustainability values that were so important to the client. The paving and seat wall that serve as the central elements of the useable portion of the […]

Posted on September 25, 2014 by Hans on Craft & Construction

A Fowl Home

I’ve been working with my brother to design and build a chicken coop at Pleasant Run Nursery. The predators have made the former location down by the pond an impossible position to raise hens and produce eggs. The chickens have ultimately been extirpated by relentless predation from foxes, hawks, owls, opossums and most commonly, raccoons. […]

Posted on by Hans on Gardening

Let Them Stay Awhile

Summer has passed and it is the time of year where plants begin to prepare for the coming winter and enter their dormant state – my favorite. There are myriad plants that also use this time of year to bloom and release seed that will remain dormant through the winter in preparation for Spring germination. […]