Eleanor McKinney  
phone: (512) 445-5202
Landscape Architect fax: (512) 445-3432


Urban Design




Green Roofs


Site Specific Art

In The Works


Buckwheat Meadow

In 1993 the front yard of the home studio was the typical Bermuda grass lawn over hard pan clay – a rather daunting place to begin the vision of a thriving garden. As an interim step, a site specific temporary art work was installed. Through her training in organic agriculture, Ms. McKinney knew that Buckwheat was a nitrogen-fixing cover crop which would increase the soil health. She first removed as much of the Bermuda grass as possible. Then, she sowed a dense pattern of buckwheat seed over the entire lawn area and watered thoroughly. One month later a strikingly beautiful meadow sprung up with millions of tiny white flowers right in the middle of the city. The meadow evoked a peaceful rural feeling that contributed to the quality of overall neighborhood life.