VODA was enlisted by the home owners’ association of the historic Dakota Lofts in downtown Salt Lake City to aid in a renovation of the existing landscape. Set in a highly trafficked urban environment, the landscape needed to be hardy, sustainable, and beautiful. The existing landscape was dominated by high-water use Kentucky bluegrass, and was beginning to show the wear and tear of any busy urban landscape.
A plant list was created and revised with input from the client with the intent of crafting a plant scheme that would hold up in the urban context of the Dakota Lofts. Looking to lower their water and maintenance costs, the final plant list settled on by the client emphasized plants with lush and long-lasting blooms and that would also require only seasonal maintenance and little additional irrigation. A few key areas were converted to concrete pavers, in order to handle the amount of foot traffic required by the intense use of the site.