Featured Projects


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This Carriage House, built in 1903, inspired our team to honor its history and elaborate the natural ‘haven’ feeling on site through our design choices. The front lawn was converted to a habitat-rich, meadow with anise hyssop (Agastache foeniculum), black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia fulgida), and summersweet (Clethra alnifolia), among other plant species. A fern-filled woodland (including Polystichum acrostichoides and Athyrium filix-femina), was installed in the shady side beds. Finally, the homeowner’s love for summer tomatoes was incorporated with several raised vegetable beds just off the back porch, and edible plants, such as asparagus, throughout the landscape.


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Our team cooperated with the Narberth Borough to clean up a previously overgrown roadside space, and restore it into a lively woodland ecosystem. We removed pre-existing invasive species, and replanted with a variety including American holly (Ilex opaca), and Eastern hemlock (Tsuga canadensis).



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In this meadow installation in Berwyn, PA, Refugia had the pleasure of working with a bird-watching property owner. Using his love for avian species as inspiration, our team created a dynamic meadow habitat using a variety of native plants, including anise hyssop (Agastache foeniculum), Joe Pye weed (Eutrochium purpureum), and muhly grass (Muhlenbergia capillaris), among others, to provide food sources, nesting habitats, and cover for local bird and insect species. This meadow has grown and thrived over the past few years since its installation, and is an excellent refuge for bird-watching and meadow-wandering today.


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We created and now maintain a set of planters for this center city development company. These planters are small living spaces that draw inspiration from and create a connection to Pennsylvania’s native ecosystems, even while walking along city streets. They change with the seasons, and complement their structural surroundings.


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Refugia collaborated with the Bryn Mawr Film Institute (BMFI) in order to fulfill the Township Natural Features Code in Bryn Mawr, PA. This code requires the conservation of natural features to maintain ecosystem function such as stormwater filtration, wildlife habitat, and air purification. Through creating and maintaining a holistic ecosystem within BMFI’s beds, Refugia enables a functional, resilient landscape that promotes the health of humans and wildlife alike in Bryn Mawr.


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Our team began its work on this property several years ago, and over time, has created a peaceful, meandering landscape which helps to address several pre-existing erosion and stormwater issues on site. Our designs here add a thriving herbaceous layer to border beds full of pre-existing trees, a sweeping meadow across the backyard with spaces for relaxation and play, and additional beds throughout the various regions of property that all come together to create a holistic sense of place throughout the larger landscape.


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Right in the Fairmount Park neighborhood of Philadelphia, Refugia created a small backyard haven. The homeowners at this property can sit on the bench in their front yard space surrounded by rhododendrons, oak leaf hydrangeas, and a fern understory, as if, for a moment, they are lost in a forest of their very own.


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Many of our designs are created not only to complement surrounding ecology and native plant communities, but also the architecture of the property, including this Spanish Revivalist home in Elkins Park. Here, we created a landscape that warmly invites the visitor to explore its many layers, from colorful wildflowers like coneflower (Echinacea purpurea) and black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia fulgida), to the magnolia trees throughout. This site features an edible garden just outside the kitchen door for easy access to fresh fruits, vegetables, and herbs.