WE DESIGN FUNCTIONAL LANDSCAPES THAT ARE ECOLOGICALLY BENEFICIAL, BEAUTIFUL, AND RESILIENT.
 
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RE·FU·GI·A 1950S: From Latin, literally ‘place of refuge.’ 
A geographical region that forms a haven for relict flora and fauna.


Our mission


DESIGN

We design with the seasons in mind so that your landscape remains a refuge before, during and after flowering - offering depth, reward and solace whatever the time of year. The sensory details of color, texture and scale are designed with kinship for context; making our designs magical, reverent and functional. From the lush naturalism of a summer meadow to a winter garden alive with subtle textures, a Refugia habitat is always inspiring.


RESTORE

At Refugia, we work with clients to reclaim ground for both the self and the environment. We are united by the desire to co-exist, rather than compete, with nature. That's why we landscape with indigenous plants that promote sustainability, cultivate biodiversity, and nurture havens for wildlife. 


INHABIT

We consider the design as the beginning, not the end, of our relationship with clients. We work to get to know you so that we may deliver an emotionally resonant design that is as layered with interest as you are. And we offer expert maintenance to ensure the longevity and evolution of your garden to its fullest expression.

Our Team

Refugia's team has over 20 years of landscape design/build experience in the greater Philadelphia area. Our credentials include degrees in horticulture, biology, and environmental science from Oberlin College, Antioch University, The Evergreen State College, and William & Mary, in addition to years of practical field experience. The members of our design team each have Masters of Landscape Architecture from Temple University, specializing in ecological restoration. Our on-site foreman is a PA certified Master Naturalist. Members of our land management team developed their skills in education and field work through their experiences with the US Forest & National Park Service, the Student Conservation Association, Agricultural Experiment Stations in NJ & NY, and also at the Schuylkill Center, located here in Philadelphia. We are also keen educators, winning a Silver Medal at the 2016 and 2017 PHS Philadelphia Flower Show for our innovative exhibits utilizing native plants. As a whole, our team makes a continued effort to research and develop the theories behind our practices through readings, conferences, and collaboration that constantly improve and evolve our work practices.

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Biophilia: the innate pleasure from living abundance and diversity as manifested by the human impulse to imitate Nature with gardens.
— E.O. WILSON
 

The GreenWay Initative

Join the Greenway Initiative this Fall!
Refugia is contributing to the interconnected network of functional ecosystems throughout the Philadelphia region via accessible, budget friendly designs.

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Everyone is entitled to a home where the sun, the stars, open fields, giant trees, and smiling flowers are free to teach an undisturbed lesson of life.
— JENS JENSEN, EARLY 20TH CENTURY LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT
 
Take Refuge
in a Living Landscape

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