Utah’s new Jordan River Commission

A big congrats to our colleague Laura Hanson, the new Executive Director of the brand new Jordan River Commission. Created in June of 2010, the Jordan River Commission is looking for ways to improve the conditions surrounding the river, and to make the Jordan River an asset for all the communities lining the corridor.  Laura[…]

What is a tree worth?

“The best time to plant a tree is twenty years ago. The second best time is now.” Chinese Proverb Trees perform a lot of functions. They beautify a landscape. They provide shade. They convert carbon dioxide to oxygen. The absorb stormwater runoff. They reduce energy costs. In springtime, many bloom and are highly fragrant. In[…]

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Stromquist Residence (“Crystalwood”); Bountiful, UT

In 2004 VODA directed the landscape rehabilitation for one of Utah’s most unique Mid-Century modern homes. Designed in the late 1950’s by Frank Lloyd Wright, the Stromquist residence is one of the last projects Wright designed, and is Utah’s only Wright creation. Finished after Wright’s death, the home has had a fascinating history, and was returned to the original homebuilder’s ownership in 1999, Mr. Don Stromquist.


Sugar House Community Garden; Salt Lake City, UT

VODA’s been working recently with a grassroots group of citizens determined to turn a community eyesore into a community asset.  With a highly visible corner of Sugar House occupied by long-unused tennis courts, this group is planning to create the Sugar House Community Garden on the space once occupied by the Fairmont Park Tennis Courts.