A collection of ecosystem success stories organized by priority, key features, and budget.
what factors influence my budget?
Four primary factors influence total project cost: Setting & Size, Portion of Lot Impacted, Full Design or No Design, and the Amount & Type of Feature.
Continue below to get an idea of what is possible given three different budget ranges, organized by the top priority between Beauty, Food, and Habitat.
$3K - $10K Projects
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big ecosystem, tiny space
Sam’s yard is tiny, but she wanted it to become her tiny little slice of privacy and abundance. She now feels like she lives in a little fairy grotto, removed from the city. Sam freely grabs a few things to use for dinner and cuts some flowers to place in the kitchen to keep the place feeling alive.
habitat nestled in an HOA
Ellen wants to convert the small, fenced-in back and side yards of her condo into a beautiful, diverse, and food-producing landscape with special consideration for the heavy traffic from her two dogs. She’s particularly interested in learning about the types of fruits she can grow and the possibility of a vine patio canopy.
$10K - $25K Projects
Anastassia came to Thrive Lot to build a partnership for dreaming big with a holistic vision and plan for converting her property into a beautiful, diverse, and productive foodscape that enhances the preservation of their 70s ranch home, replaces the lawn with natives, maintains existing productivity of garden beds, and includes a native fruit forest. Her priorities were sharing food abundance with friends and neighbors, feeding wildlife and pollinators, and having rare, healthy foods that are pesticide free.
suburban secret garden
Leigh wanted to create a “secret garden” of native perennials and some food in her backyard. Her home is in a newer development where most of the topsoil has been stripped away and covered with Bermuda grass. Leigh had some planting/gardening experience but didn’t know how to work with her soil and needed someone to help who would teach her along the way. Her goal was to start eliminating mowing in her backyard entirely. She is now several steps ahead of the game after working with her perfect match, Biodesic Strategies, who made her vision real.
Designed by: Tas Zinck & Chase Jones
$25K - $75K Projects
rural habitat in ohio
Molly, her husband, and her 3 very small children moved into the property this past September. In her words, she is “not a farmer or gardener in the least” and the previous owners really let the landscape go. She read about permaculture and didn’t want to plant anything invasive or harmful and wants to make sure she is improving her land and not deteriorating the soil. Her immediate priorities were to improve the landscape bed and create an orchard. She also wanted to reduce the amount of yard for her husband to mow.
Susan Weber & Trish Clark formed the project team and delivered thoughtful solutions to meet and enhance Molly’s vision. After a successful installation, Trish is serving as Steward to cultivate and expand the holistic ecosystem.
concept & design
Designed by: Susan Weber
what can I get?
A lush diversity of mostly perennial, native flowering plants that bloom early spring through late fall to provide maximum food for bees, butterflies, and other pollinators. Cut flowers year round and enjoy a beautiful winter garden! Also attracts beneficial insects that eat garden pests.