E-Fest 2009

Michael A. Gilkey, Inc. was proud to join Josh Wynne Construction at the fourth annual E-fest, a Sarasota celebration of conscious living.  Reflecting upon the principles of sustainability, the team designed table tents including individual packets of Coreopsis leavenworthii, or Tickseed, the Florida State Wildflower. These packets were given to guests at the festival.  One side demonstrated how to grow the flowers (with a conceptual emphasis on their continuing cycle), and the other answered the question: Why hire a landscape architect for your sustainable design? Landscape architect Michael A. Gilkey, Jr. added native materials he used at the recently completed Codding Cottage to the display, including the innovative Coconut Mulch, native plants such as Duranta erecta and Muhlenbergia capillaris, and clay brick.

The principles of concsious design were realized beautfully at the Codding Cottage, the first Platinum Level One LEED Certified Home in our community. Gilkey used harvested rainwater in the irrigation system, native plants and recycled materials, and appropriate design to ensure sustainability.