Our Philosophy

Cultivating a sense of place, pollinator habitat and biophilia.

Biophilia is the humankind’s innate biological connection with nature. It helps explain why crackling fires and crashing waves captivate us; why a garden view can enhance our creativity; why shadows and heights instill fascination and fear; and why animal companionship and strolling through a park have restorative, healing effects. [Connection with nature] can reduce stress, improve cognitive function and creativity, improve our well-being and expedite healing”. Read more here.

Our home landscape is the access point through which many of us most frequently experience nature. Our services keep it fresh, lively and beautiful and help draw you outside where you’ll feel good being in your outdoor space. We thereby increase your interaction with the nature that surrounds you and supports you on many levels.

Pollinators do much of the unseen heavy lifting to make our crops produce and to help balance and stabilize the Earth’s ecology. They have only more recently been recognized for the crucial role they play, as their numbers have dwindled due to the overuse of chemicals harmful to them.

Pollinator-supportive practices Columbine embraces:

  • We embrace practices that nourish the soil and support the local ecological web including using only natural sprays and amendments.
  • We select plants that are locally native and use true species whenever available because pollinators prefer them. An example of this is a preference for the classic pinkish purple coneflower/Echinacea purpurea as opposed to the new hybrid reds, oranges and white varietals.
  • We make an effort to include plants that are popular among the pollinators every time we design or augment a bed or landscape.

For more info on the important work pollinators do and how to nurture them, click here. We’re always happy to discuss ecological concepts and how to integrate them into your landscape, so don’t hesitate to engage us!

Columbine Landscapes supports the local community.

Plants grown and wintered over in the same locale where they will be planted will be hardier and more resilient when planted in the landscape. Our locally owned nurseries and garden centers are the sources for such plants.

Columbine is proud to be an active member in the community. Look for our gift certificates at your favorite organization’s next silent auction.

Some of the groups we’ve donated to include:
Annie’s Orphans
KSUT
San Juan Mountains Association
Music in the Mountains
Trails 2000
Great Old Broads for Wilderness
The Garden Project of Southwest Colorado

Durango’s Local First has additional reasons shopping local is important.

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