Drought Tolerant Design: increasingly relevant to our Comox Valley

Drought Tolerant Design: increasingly relevant to our Comox Valley

Growing up on Vancouver Island my winters as a child were interminable – months of drizzly grey cold incessant rain, punctuated every so often with very vivid memories of heaping piles of white snow. Rain gear dominated our fashion items at school (my gumboots really were prettier) and I had seemingly endless mornings of trudging […]

DIYers – with a PLAN.

DIYers – with a PLAN.

You’ve just purchased a lovely home on a small acreage. The location is fabulous, your house is perfect with only a few tweaks, but your new garden… Well, the garden definitely needs a fresh vision and some direction on how to get there. Your new landscape also needs a connection to you – your lifestyle […]

Winter in the Beauforts

Winter in the Beauforts

There is nothing so vital and grounding to me as the turning of the seasons and shifting of the days from dark to light. I thrive on the little details erupting into being at each time of year and how they fade from one season to the next. At the moment I am reveling in […]

The Green Wall: Ecologically and structurally sound.

The Green Wall: Ecologically and structurally sound.

New products are always fascinating and usually promise the world, but it takes time to see how they function in a landscape and if they are worth the hassle of installing. Flex MSE is a green wall modular system that is relatively new to the industry and provides permanent retention and erosion control the same […]

Anything but sere in the Serenity Gardens

Anything but sere in the Serenity Gardens

Autumn can be a challenging time in the garden. Leaves begin to fall, summer perennials fade and foliage starts to turn brown with molds and mildews taking hold. SERE (adjective): Definition of sere (Entry 1 of 2) 1 : being dried and withered 2 archaic :  threadbare Fortunately, planning has paid off and the Serenity […]

Visions of spring, amidst autumn glory

Visions of spring, amidst autumn glory

In landscape design, I’m always thinking ahead. While the trees and shrubs around me shift into their vibrant crimsons, fiery oranges and sunny yellows and the perennials begin to wane, my focus is ahead to spring for the clients looking for designs and installations. A colour concept can help visualize the space in a more […]

DESIGN + VOLUNTEER = ABSOLUTE FUN!

DESIGN + VOLUNTEER = ABSOLUTE FUN!

Unbelievably, it’s time for the Fall Fair! Our local Comox Valley Exhibiton begins today at noon and myself, along with the fabulous crew at Island Waterscape, have been working hard to make the entrance welcoming and beautiful with our lush and eclectic display. We’ve spent many hours accumulating materials and it has all come together […]

Alpine flora of Flower Ridge Trail

Alpine flora of Flower Ridge Trail

I had the opportunity to indulge my plant obsession this past weekend when we ascended the Flower Ridge Trail in Strathcona Provinical Park. The name is very apt, and we hiked from oppressive August heat to balmy late spring, with many alpine flowers still blooming that had finished down here in the Valley in May. […]

Back yard hardscaping for Contemporary Gabions Design

Back yard hardscaping for Contemporary Gabions Design

Many clients find the prospect of landscaping an entire yard, all at once, very daunting. It is a lot of activity, interruptions and mess until it’s over and it adds up financially very quickly. Clients sometimes choose to install their designs in phases to better accommodate schedules and finances, and this is a good option […]

Kingfisher Serenity Gardens featured in CVCollective Magazine…

Kingfisher Serenity Gardens featured in CVCollective Magazine…

Our dynamic Kingfisher team, David and Jane Bossom and myself, attended the launch of the Summer Solstice Issue of the Comox Valley Collective Magazine last tuesday evening. A perfectly summery event, complete with warm ocean breezes wafting off the water, it was held on the sun drenched patio at Ocean7 Restaurant at the Kingfisher Oceanside […]