Part II: Views of the New Landscape

by Franke James

14 Responses: 14 Comments

  • […] of our Dream Designing our Green Oasis Our Garden Guru Patience is a Virtue Christmas in September Views of the New Landscape Seeding the Driveway with Eco-Lawn Fescue to the […]

  • Trevor in Trenton says:

    Wow – that’s great, Franke! Looks fabulous! :-)

  • Richard in Toronto says:

    Franke — you and Bill have done an amazing job. Have you considered a career in landscape design? Wow!

  • David in SF says:

    Great article! I love how you’re paying attention to getting drought
    resistant grass. Because grass sucks up so much water it’s not really
    that healthy to the environment if you have to water it all the time
    using up precious resources. But you got really great grass so you
    might not need to water it so much.

  • Mary Ann says:

    Hey Franke, you’re leading the way by example. As usual. Great work! It looks fabulous.


  • Max says:

    Great idea. Where did you get the PermaTurf?

  • Franke James says:

    We got it from

    Visit our Green Driveway credits page to see everyone who has helped us build it.


  • Christine says:

    Very well written. So understandable.

  • Greg in California says:

    What a great story and idea for your green driveway. I’ve often thought about doing something like that, but never knew how to do it. Congratulations!

  • Erika in NY State says:

    How cool! Can’t wait to see what it looks like when the grass is all green…and the picture is indeed wonderful.

  • Dear Ms. James,

    I became aware of your Green issues through the Toronto Star articles. I am currently doing a part time B.Sc at Western University and would like to ask you a few questions for a project for my class Economy, Environment and Sustainability. We have to profile a person, local or global who is contributing to a sustainable society. I would like to do an email interview – that way you can take your time and answer the questions thoroughly. I understand that you must receive many of these requests from Media sources and taking the time to answer mine will not bring anything more than the attention of 56 students at Western University who are trying to help spread the word about taking care of our Environment.

    Should you accept my request, I would be happy to email you my questions…


  • Franke James says:

    Hi Pam,

    Thanks for contacting me! I’m happy to answer your questions so please send them along. I appreciate the opportunity to reach out to people of all ages about climate change and actions that individuals can take. Next week I will be speaking to high school students at the McMichael Gallery in Kleinberg about my “Green Winter: Will Global Warming be Good for Canada?” visual essay.


    Franke James

  • […] This article on green driveways seems like this solution of having a grass driveway that is drought tolerant would be 1 small step in the direction of cleaning up a small part of the run off. […]

  • Courtney says:

    I am an architect who is currently designing a fairly dense large scale housing development for a very environmentally conscious investor. I found this article inspiring and I would like to present this as an option for our client, because we are looking into ways to minimize the paved surfaces in our community. Since you have been living with this system for a while now – I was wondering if there are any additional pros and cons that could affect the viability of a system like this for a larger scale application, such as maintenance, installation complications, etc.?