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By Donna Christopher
The mild days before Christmas were a chance for Camilla Worden to work on making a dry streambed and rain garden on her Brookfield property.
"It's creating something that's attractive and functional," she said, explaining that stormwater runoff from her roof is now diverted into a dry streambed in her yard, where plants and rocks slow it down.
"It allows the ground water to recharge, because you're not sending (runoff) into the street," she said. "It can percolate into the ground and naturally get filtered. You're creating a landscape feature that increases habitat and adds biodiversity."
Worden, of Camilla Landscape Design, has been a professional landscaper for more than two decades. She was assisted in her yard by her business partner, John Petriello, of Mt. Kisco, N.Y. Petriello is a master craftsman with a 30-year background in masonry and construction.
The streambed is an example of the kind of sustainable environment the two strive for in their designs. The stream, for instance, provides interest, said Worden, an accredited organic land-care professional with the Northeast Organic Farming Association.
Worden teaches courses through NOFA, serves on its advisory board and lectures locally. She also serves on the Land Trust of Danbury.
Aside from her business, Worden has experience as a polymer chemist. She also has a bachelor's in chemistry, a master's in business from New York University, and a landscape design certificate from the New York Botanical Garden. A master gardener since 1988, she's a licensed landscape contractor in Connecticut and New York.
From recycled leaves for mulch, to natural plantings in keeping with nature's surroundings, Worden's designs promote diversity and protect the soil.
"Some accounts (properties) are formal and structured, while others are more natural," said Worden, noting that installations depend on what occurs in each setting.
"We look carefully at what's already growing on a site to give us clues about what will thrive," she said. "For formal land, the goal is to keep some natural areas and not pave over everything with grass. We try to minimize soil disturbance, channel water where possible."
Camilla Landscape Design, 203-790-9809, www.camillalandscapedesign.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, 203-790-9809