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Great Ecology is pleased to announce that a project by Michelle Landis, one of our landscape architects, was nominated for an Orchid Award through Orchids & Onions, a project of the San Diego Architectural Foundation.

The Immaculate Conception Church is located in Old Town San Diego and is the site of the first Catholic Parish built in California. The renovated courtyard, which received the nomination, is available for public viewing 24-hours a day, and is accessible during daylight hours by the exterior gate, the Church, the rectory, and the parish hall. The courtyard includes a Shrine to the Virgin of Guadalupe designed in conjunction with Mexican artist Irma Poeter. In addition, it includes several simple wall seats, a decorative paving pattern, natural materials, and a variety of succulents that frame the shrine rose garden. Site constraints including accessibility and water drainage issues were addressed in the redesign.

Although this site was not picked as one of the winners, we are incredibly proud of Michelle.