Thomas L. Woltz takes an innovative, yet ecological approach to his landscape architecture projects. Whether he is greening urban gardens, reforesting miles of fragile coastline or designing the National Zoo’s Asia Trail, Woltz definitely has a pulse on the urban landscape. I was drawn to his work after learning he was the designer for one of the wineries I’m a member of  Medlock Ames in which he earned a 2013 Honor Award from the American Society of Landscape Architects for.

Woltz, took this plot of land he conceived from a gas station and created a one-acre garden, showcasing native grasses, plants and vegetable garden (which many of the herbs and vegetables are used for dinners and parties at the winery and ranch). The winery, located in Sonoma is definitely worth the trip- the staff is one of the nicest around and if your looking for a laid-back scene to taste some great wine and hang out in the garden- this is the place.

Woltz is head of the landscape architecture firm Nelson Byrd Woltz (NBW) in San Francisco, New York City and Charlottesville, Virginia. Woltz describes his work as; ecologically regenerative“, “we take badly damaged areas, such as quarries and former industrial sites and rebuild the land to functionality. Life will spring back quickly if you just give it a toehold.

Woltz is currently working on the century-old Cornwall Park in Auckland Australia. You can see more of his work here.



The gardens at Medlock Ames:

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Inspired work:






posted February 20, 2014

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