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MADE TO DISAPPEAR



BY TIMOTHY A. SCHULER / PHOTOGRAPHY BY KEVIN SCOTT
In dry western Washington, a fruit company compound by Berger Partnership all but vanishes in a shroud of native plantings.
FROM THE AUGUST 2018 ISSUE OF LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE MAGAZINE.
 
The shift takes place just past Cle Elum. Driving the 140 miles from Seattle to Yakima, Washington, crossing the Cascade Range at Snoqualmie Pass, the landscape seems to dissolve in the span of a few minutes. The ponderosa pine forest gives way to high desert so quickly it?s as if the towering trees had been shrunk by a laser, transfigured into gnarly sagebrush. Dotting eastern Washington?s arid, gray-brown shrub steppe are green pastures, fields, orchards, and farms. The Yakima Valley is one of the most productive regions in Washington, thanks to a massive irrigation project undertaken around the turn of the 20th century. Farmers here grow apples, peaches, pears, cherries, and plums, as well as grapes for wine and hops for beer. The Yakima Valley produces more hops than anywhere else in the United States and more than two-thirds of Washington?s wine grapes, an industry worth nearly $5 billion. And yet the sparsely vegetated ridges reveal the climatological truth of this place: that under normal conditions, the Cascades are a good enough goalie to prevent all but a fraction of western Washington?s wetness from slipping past them, and the presence of even the smallest amount of water is broadcast in bright pops of color. The draws and...
_MURLDELAFUENTE http://landscapearchitecturemagazine.org/

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