The Greenest Landscape Ever

Laura and Rutherford Seydel have built EcoManor, which demonstrates healthier and resource efficient living.

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Hide CaptionShow CaptionBuilt over the garage, the greenroof has a special membrane under the soil to collect water in small cups, where it can be accessed by the roots of the plants that make up the roof.
In addition, the entire system is controlled by weather satellites, which measure the amount of water in the yard lost to evaporation, and then automatically replace it with that same amount from the cistern. The yard is planted with mostly native species, which are already well-suited to the location's climate and require less fertilization and fewer herbicides and pesticides. Even the grass is green, being grown from seed as opposed to trucked in as sod.

Get more information on the Seydel's EcoManor and LEED facts at