Matthew Cunningham Landscape Design LLC
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Front Ridge Residence traditional-landscape
 

Front Ridge Residence

A rural hillside residence in Downeast Maine serves as a model for regenerating fragmented native plant communities and restoring damaged site systems. Sensible land management practices guide the homeowner’s efforts to rehabilitate expansive areas of mown lawn. Spaces carved from the landscape overlook stunning panoramic regional views, while new plantings define edges and thresholds. Brilliant seasonal drama is heightened along mown paths meandering through a rich tapestry of managed native meadow.
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March 28, 2014
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"You can see the entire region from the house," says Cunningham. "To the left you see Acadia National Park; to the right, Blue Hill Mountain. The hayfield adds a beautiful foreground to the expansive view.
Imagine yourself in a meadow on a lovely spring day. The sky is blue, flecked with cottony white clouds drifting slowly toward the horizon. The world around you changes continuously. Grasses take on a slightly different color as the sun shifts, rocks cast shadows here and there as the direction of the light hitting them changes, and a fallen leaf that looked dewy in the morning may be crispy by nightfall. This gentle movement is a primary element of biophilic design. In other words, nature isn't static, so your home shouldn't be either. Most home interiors have been designed to make movement within the structure invisible or imperceptible. It's time to change that.
Benjamin Vogt / Monarch Gardens added this to Lessons in the Rewards of Selfless Gardening
Mow to a point. I still have some lawn, fine fescue, and I often let it grow up to a foot in summer. I might mow a path through it or create whimsical islands of wind-blown grass. I like the look, and I know the taller grass is supporting a bit more life and conserving soil moisture. Why do I need a manicured lawn? Why do I need a lawn, period? What and who am I supporting when I mow and water and treat this lawn with fertilizers?How to Replace Your Lawn With a Garden

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livvyliv10 added this to landscape
September 15, 2014
where manicured lawn ends
highplainsprincess added this to highplainsprincess's Ideas
August 16, 2014
Large yard
tweberm added this to Exterior Ideas
August 1, 2014
expansiveness, view, openness
kellyamoroso added this to Landscaping
July 16, 2014
Mow, to a point.
5791san added this to Garden
May 11, 2014
natural and green surroundings
colorarq added this to garden
May 9, 2014
Mow to a point. I still have some lawn, fine fescue, and I often let it grow up to a foot in summer. I might mow a path through it or create whimsical islands of wind-blown grass. I like the look, and I know the taller grass is supporting a bit more life and conserving soil moisture. Why do I need a manicured lawn? Why do I need a lawn, period? What and who am I supporting when I mow and water and treat this lawn with fertilizers?(self-gardening)
rockies added this to Landscape
April 25, 2014
Mowing paths in the grass, how about a maze?
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April 21, 2014
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April 21, 2014
tak naj bo vrt
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April 20, 2014
Flowers on the edge of the meadow
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April 14, 2014
lawn into field
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April 5, 2014
Cloud image
bbupton added this to garden grassy landscape
April 2, 2014
favorite kind of landscape
kbadgerfan added this to garden
March 31, 2014
Some lawn and then wild flowers and grass with a path
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March 27, 2014
Lawn / Meadow Edge
kathyvdp added this to kathyvdp's ideas
March 25, 2014
sky - good for painting
lucynda added this to lucynda yard ideas
March 24, 2014
Tall grass, maybe part of our field could be tall and unmowed part of the time (not high summer when fire hazard but maybe spring?)
L S added this to L_S ideas
March 24, 2014
Mow to a point. I still have some lawn, fine fescue, and I often let it grow up to a foot in summer. I might mow a path through it or create whimsical islands of wind-blown grass. I like the look, and I know the taller grass is supporting a bit more life and conserving soil moisture. Why do I need a manicured lawn? Why do I need a lawn, period? What and who am I supporting when I mow and water and treat this lawn with fertilizers?
kellyamoroso added this to kellyamoroso's ideas
March 24, 2014
Mow, to a point.
Jackie Ojiambo added this to jackie_ojiambo's Ideas
March 24, 2014
The idea of letting part of the grass grow total
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March 24, 2014
Grassland
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March 24, 2014
GORGEOUS
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March 24, 2014
so pretty
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March 24, 2014
lawn/field as in NJ and upstate
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March 23, 2014
Yard into wilderness
Terry Lynch added this to Landscaping
March 23, 2014
Letting grass grow naturally
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March 23, 2014
The view...
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March 23, 2014
I want to live here
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March 23, 2014
lawn
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March 23, 2014
fine fescue - grows to a foot; mow periodically (not this picture, but the idea is illustrated by this picture)
Stacy Pampuch added this to Dream on!
March 23, 2014
Having enough space to not mow!
mickoz added this to Landscape Ideas
March 23, 2014
The manicured lawn meets up with the wild naturally.
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March 23, 2014
Landscape
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March 23, 2014
Country side landscape
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March 23, 2014
Interesting concept!
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March 23, 2014
tall natural grass
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March 23, 2014
not "manicured"
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March 23, 2014
Mow to a point.
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March 23, 2014
欧洲田野
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March 22, 2014
landscape
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February 22, 2014
You can see the entire region from the house," says Cunningham. "To the left you see Acadia National Park; to the right, Blue Hill Mountain. The hayfield adds a beautiful foreground to the expansive view.
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January 30, 2014
PICTURE
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January 1, 2014
Landscape
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December 5, 2013
Imagine yourself in a meadow on a lovely spring day. The sky is blue, flecked with cottony white clouds drifting slowly toward the horizon. The world around you changes continuously. Grasses take on a slightly different color as the sun shifts, rocks cast shadows here and there as the direction of the light hitting them changes, and a fallen leaf that looked dewy in the morning may be crispy by nightfall. This gentle movement is a primary element of biophilic design. In other words, nature isn't static, so your home shouldn't be either. Most home interiors have been designed to make movement within the structure invisible or imperceptible. It's time to change that.
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November 19, 2013
Calming
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November 19, 2013
view of sky
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November 12, 2013
Great for a painting
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October 19, 2013
Nice
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September 28, 2013
spring meadow - wind in grasses creates sound and changing sight, sensation on skin. Puffy clouds, blue sky, warm sun. Biophillic design - sensation, changing environment, stimulation in a gentle way
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September 22, 2013
adding movement to design
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September 17, 2013
Landscape quilt?
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September 12, 2013
Picture
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September 9, 2013
scene 7
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September 9, 2013
My view! :o)
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September 9, 2013
design principle movement
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September 9, 2013
landscape photo
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September 9, 2013
It makes me relax
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September 9, 2013
wide open spaces
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September 9, 2013
views
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September 8, 2013
grasses
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September 8, 2013
Meadow
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September 8, 2013
Meadow, field treeline sky very peaceful.
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September 8, 2013
je veux y aller...
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September 8, 2013
lighting, possible painting!
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September 8, 2013
Looks like Boerne, TX
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September 8, 2013
Nice
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September 8, 2013
The meadow!
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September 8, 2013
Our view?
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landscape
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September 8, 2013
Cuadro
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September 8, 2013
good morning!
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September 6, 2013
Beautiful vista
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September 5, 2013
Yy
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September 1, 2013
champs
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August 2, 2013
Painting
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July 15, 2013
Wow I want!
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June 16, 2013
perfect
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June 16, 2013
another paradice
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June 13, 2013
The Field
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April 7, 2013
field
Irene Barber added this to irene_barber's ideas
March 28, 2013
field and vista
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March 24, 2013
Mix of small manicured yard with rest as meadow.
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March 19, 2013
Beauty
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March 7, 2013
Meadow
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February 3, 2013
Transition of grass to meadow grass
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January 31, 2013
maine!
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January 23, 2013
Field
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October 29, 2012
Wild flowers
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October 16, 2012
i like the manicured look against the natural landscape.
Casey Griffin added this to Landscaping Ideas
September 19, 2012
I love how the manicured lawn meets with the native grasses
carla_jacobs added this to carla_jacobs's ideas
July 25, 2012
Sherwin can't resist the need to mow but I love this look!
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July 4, 2012
Way the grass meets nature
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July 3, 2012
Colors
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May 27, 2012
Mown to meadow edge
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Back 40
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April 14, 2012
Manicured field
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April 11, 2012
Grass
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April 1, 2012
The grass and view.
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March 27, 2012
wild garden
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March 18, 2012
Look
Heidi Banman added this to Outdoors
March 15, 2012
wouldn't mind this as my backyard :)
crijulie added this to crijulie's ideas
March 14, 2012
View is great, less mowing
lynnvt added this to landscaping
March 14, 2012
I miss the farm!!
Stacy Creekmur added this to land scape
March 14, 2012
so we don't live near Acadia National Park. But I love the look of the lawn bordered by native grasses
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March 14, 2012
front yard
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March 14, 2012
Natural grass meadow and some areas mowed closer to house
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March 14, 2012
lawn meets meadow
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March 12, 2012
Maine
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