Intoxicating Autumn Colours

Intoxicating Autumn Colours

The dramatic days of autumn are returning. Cool, brisk mornings warm up surprisingly into fair sunlit days, and twilight is early enough to be enjoyed with low back lighting fading softly into quiet crisp evenings. The lighting during autumn is always so unique – low angles create fascinating shadows, and bring colours to the fore […]

Mountain ramblings

Mountain ramblings

Every summer our family takes to the hills, rain or shine, with frequent weekends away backpacking and exploring. We suit the kids up with their adorably petite and jaunty back packs and lumber on with our own overstuffed and weighty gear, coaxing our four and six year olds with hiking treats, heaps of praise and […]

This Comox garden is coming alive…

This Comox garden is coming alive…

One of the lessons of landscape design is patience. Design is a process, and it takes time for all the pieces to come together to achieve a fully realized landscape. In depth client meetings, detailed site analysis, mapping out of main components, developing the overall concept, working through revisions, finalizing layouts and pouring over plants […]

Cumberland: Curvaceous and Bold

Cumberland: Curvaceous and Bold

This project is for a new build in Cumberland, on a property with a truly stunning view of the misty mountains. Focal groupings of selected trees are key to establishing this new build in the landscape and framing the expansive view of the mountains beyond. The roadside bed along the driveway features something more unique […]

Just another day at the office…

Just another day at the office…

Every so often a day comes along during which you feel as if you have the best job you could possibly have, even if you factor in the multitude of inter-dimensional realities that quantum physics can encompass. This was one of those days. Water has always been an element to which I am drawn.  It […]

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 […]