Landscape design is an act of health care.
Through design, we can program landscapes to provide health-improving resources like food, water, exercise, education, inspiration, relaxation, and socialization. Furthermore, the way we design our landscapes impacts the health of wildlife, water, soil, and air. The landscape is a place where we connect to our bodies, to each other, and to the planet in a way that is not generally afforded by indoor spaces or from behind devices. Yes, the outdoors can present discomforts like harsh weather and aggravation from insects, but the negative impacts these conditions have on our ability to enjoy the landscape are simply design challenges.
Landscape design pays for itself through by attracting business and saving money.
Hiring a professional to design your landscape is an investment in upgrading the performance of that landscape. Beyond simply enhancing appearance, landscapes can be designed to improve your physical and mental health, expand your social life, provide resources for wildlife, manage stormwater and environmental pollution, attract business, provide opportunities for marketing, and (perhaps most appealing) save time and money. Additionally, these benefits are not mutually exclusive. The well-designed landscape provides these benefits while simultaneously achieving aesthetic goals.
Landscape design identifies client aspirations, prioritizes elements that support those goals, evaluates a client’s capacity to maintain those elements, and strategically assembles those elements to suit both budget and maintenance capacity while simultaneously supporting environmental service and aesthetic goals.
Following are examples of work I’ve developed with commercial and residential clients. Services for these clients include:
• Consultations and landscape troubleshooting
• Landscape design and drawing
• Promotional drawings for securing funding
• Mapping services
Landscape challenges vary, and so can the approach a designer takes in developing solutions. Challenges which are less-complex may be resolved through consultations, where drawings and instructions can be carried out by the owner or a landscape development professional. Spending time on site yields the best results, but research and technology allow designers to develop some solutions without leaving the office.
Landscape plans are most often associated with landscape design services and are appropriate for projects with a scale or complexity that consultations alone cannot resolve. The development of a landscape plan or plan package follows a process where ideas develop incrementally, and among multiple stages of approval from the client until the designer has suitably translated the client’s aspirations into a document that is ready for construction.
Supplemental services, such as phasing and management plans, can be designed to promote project feasibility and success. Phasing plans help clients meet project goals when budgets may not support the installation of the design in one event, and maintenance plans ensure the landscape meets performance goals long after construction is complete.