James Mahoney 2015 North Florida Landscape Award Winner

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James Mahoney, 2015 Real Florida Landscapes Design Competition Award Winner for North Florida

 

FANN Real Florida Landscapes Design Competition 2015
North Florida Award Winner: James Mahoney, University of Florida

 

James Mahoney, a landscape architecture student at University of Florida, submitted the winning design for North Florida, a shared lawn area featuring diverse native vegetation rather than traditional lifeless turf.

James likes the idea of putting back the nature displaced by housing development and would like to see less water-intensive landscapes in Florida. His design incorporates an enjoyable short stroll through a variety of trees, shrubs and flowering ground covers. James is especially proud of the little meadow in the design and enjoyed incorporating native grasses and wildflowers to show that you can have a beautiful low-water-use landscape without turf. He focused on selecting plants that provide significant food and habitat value for the wild creatures, including birds and butterflies.

A native himself from Jacksonville, James was thinking about theater design in high school but then met a landscape architect who provided design work for his father’s house. That LA loved his job and told James it was a great opportunity to mix design with hands-on outside work. James enrolled in a couple of classes and now expects to graduate in 2017 with his landscape architecture degree. He is considering a masters in horticulture as well and hopes to do residential design work.

North Florida shared lawn design by James Mahoney - winner of 2015 Real Florida Landscapes Design Competition

North Florida shared lawn design by James Mahoney – winner of 2015 Real Florida Landscapes Design Competition