Subdivisions Should Not Be Designed In An Office Building
Peter Backus has been developing eco-friendly subdivisions since 1999, long before it was fashionable to do so. Peter went to the Univ. of
Arizona, did a lot of horseback riding, came back to Tucson 12 years after graduating and decided to buy some land. After buying the land he
decided he wanted to develop it rather than selling it. When developing land he doesn't always know immediately what the developed property will
look like. He starts the planning process by riding the property, then hiking it, he covers the property. He certainly consults topography maps
but topo maps don't show too much. They might show a dot but one doesn't know what that dot means, what it's going to be. One needs to go out and
find it, to do this you need to walk the property. Richard notices the roads in this subdivision aren't straight. And, that's what happens when
walking or riding the property. One looks at the topo map and think you know where the road should go, but when walking you find out there may be
something you should go around. They then go around it or cut something out, one of the two. It drives an engineer crazy. At the end the engineers
often say, good job, but it took us a long time to get there. This approach benefits wildlife as well. Peter often keeps the corridors the animals
have been using for years open. Not only for the animals but for humans. These corridors provide excellent areas to ride horses, even walk the
terrain. And, it makes the subdivision look better. This technique benefits the wildlife and in many cases cuts expenses because they don't build
as many bridges to cross washes, for example. Saving money is always important to a developer.
This year GardenSMART embarks on one of our most exciting adventures ever and we'd love to have you join us! We are partnering with Alki Tours and spending 10 days visiting some of the most amazing sites in Holland and Belgium. Many of these gardens are my favorite horticultural destinations in the world. If you are a plant lover, this trip is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
Jump into Spring with savings up to $2200 on this Exclusive Cruise of the Rivers of Holland & Belgium with Eric Johnson Host of GardenSMART from PBS
Sail right into the pages of a storybook on our European garden tour through Holland and Belgium.
MAY 6-16, 2018
As low as $3799 per person/do, Price includes airfare from New York, Atlanta, Seattle, Chicago. CALL FOR OTHER CITIES THROUGHOUT THE USA
Watch filming and be part of the fun, telling your favorite...and not so favorite Dirty Tales.
2 Nights Amsterdam & 7 Nights River. Visit Amsterdam, Holland, Belgium, Kinderdijk, Antwerp, Bruges, Keukenhof Gardens, Rotterdam and More!
This Exclusive, Five-Star, Cruise & Garden Tours Vacation Includes:
2 nights in Amsterdam including gorgeous hotel, wonderful tours and daily breakfast
7 nights on the new, flagship Amadeus Silver III river cruise ship
Incredible excursions in Arnhem, Kinderdijk, Rotterdam, Antwerp, Ghent, Bruges and Utrecht
All of your meals on board the ship, including wine with dinner