Sorticulture Preview – Oyster Shells As Gravel Replacement (Sponsored Post)

Sorticulture, Everett’s Garden Art Festival that’s been running more than two decades returns in two weeks. Friday June 10th – Sunday June 12th in downtown Everett. Over the next couple of Fridays we’ll have a preview of some of the artists and vendors coming to participate. For a complete overview visit the Sorticulture website here.

Shellscapes – Mark Soboil

A bocce ball court

A driveway.

A patio using oyster shells.

Prior to the Pandemic Mark Soboil worked as a marine sciences consultant travelling the world and advising clients on fishing management and other sustainable practices. When the Pandemic stopped travel, Sobil had to pivot.

He turned to his past where growing up in South Africa he worked in landscaping. He also went to school in New England where it was common to see crushed shells used on driveways, pathways and patios. Here in the northwest, not so much.

Soboil followed his passion for sustainable eco-systems and has partnered with oyster farms to recycle shells. He started just providing the product to landscapers and property owners obtaining the shells and processing them into landscape materials.

In recent years he’s added landscapers and designers offering full-service design, installation and maintenance to homeowners interested in using oyster shells to improve the aesthetic and beauty of their property.

Projects include driveways, patios, walkways and bocce ball courts.

“The oyster shells decalcify compacting down hard into what is called oyster flour,” said Soboil. “They provide great color and are completely natural material that comes from right here in the Pacific Northwest.”

At Sorticulture you’ll be able to see samples of the shells and examples of the work done by Mark and his crew at Shellscapes. You can also check them out online at their website.

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