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CONTENTS Promoting excellence in Landscape Design Build throughout Canada. Publisher/EditOR in Chief
Dave Maciulis C.L.D. Editor
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2 Letter from the Publisher
Victoria Ford Kris Morettie Kathryn Murray
Why Dave says fall is the perfect time to plan
NOT JUST YOUR AVERAGE JOE
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Featuring the real people who work behind the scenes
Christine Bosanac Lori Sweezey Chantel Pintos
THE BRIGHTER BULB
Roy Timm | Roy Timm Photography
Fall planting ensures warmth and colour come spring
KISS ON NATURE’S CHEEK
A Place Where Dreams Begin
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Letter From the Publisher Welcome to the second issue of Natural Landscape Magazine. I’m thrilled with the positive response to the spring issue and hope you’ll find the fall issue as inspiring! Take a trip to Vegas while reading about the Savidis residence in our feature article Viva Las Vegas. Follow the story of John Savidis, owner of Lean and Fit, and the transformation of his backyard from suburban average to Vegas-show-fabulous. John is truly an inspirational and motivational man, and I personally thank him for allowing us to feature his home and for encouraging me to continue to make my voice heard in public forums. I also share with you a “little romance secret” in the article A Garden Secret, in which you’ll learn that some backyard makeovers are more than pools, decks and patios; they’re also about passion, desire and intimacy. I’ll provide tips to enhance the sex appeal of your own backyard retreat. Enjoy reading about The Three Amigos, a trio of friends who share a business and great personal dynamics too. And, just so that you don’t forget the hardworking people that design and build your outdoor dreams (as my wife, Lori, always reminds me to do), I introduce a new recurring article called Not So Average Joe (or Josephine). Fall/Winter is an ideal time to meet with contractors and suppliers so you are ready to build at first thaw. Depending on the size of the project, there are permits to obtain and plans to finalize. Why not get that paperwork done while the winter winds are howling. Any of the contractors and suppliers in this issue would be more than happy to meet with you over the next few months to help you put your plans in place. Use the fall and winter to dream, plan and design, and hopefully this issue will help you do just that.
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It’s as if you’re approaching a home, because their exterior showroom is just that, a facade of a home and more. Stroll around the terraced patios and lounge by the fireplace while admiring the raised garden beds. You’ll discover new and creative uses for a wide array of products including interlock pavers used in walkways, driveways and edging, along with stone veneer siding and outdoor garden structures.
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hat if your interest is not backyard bashes and entertaining the masses? What if it’s not a priority to have a gas fireplace and bubbling water feature? What if you care more about sustainability and creating a space that treats Mother Nature with as much respect as you can muster? Then you’d be at the little cottage home in north-east Hamilton of Raw Food Chef Barbara Maccaroni and her partner, Peter Ormond, Green Party candidate for Hamilton Centre.
“My philosophy is to rethink the current system and try to simplify whenever possible. A vote is cast with every choice made,” Peter explains. “People may make conscious choices through a healthy diet, career, fuel-efficient vehicle, backyard garden or worthy charity of choice. However, they may still shop at mega-stores, stop at drive-throughs, vote as our parents did, or avoid responsibility by being ‘apolitical.’ It’s been a challenge when people say they admire my example but still follow the status quo in so many ways.”
Their home is a virtual dream for the environment – a challenging accomplishment when you live in the middle of a city. This home has much to boast about. The couple manages a very comfortable lifestyle without many of the things that most people think they’d die without. Things like air conditioning, a furnace, a dryer, a microwave, a stove or a car. The very things that, collectively, leave a big gaping wound on our earth.
The home has been insulated from the outside and features a 1kw solar photovoltaic power source that is mounted on the roof. The energy is sold back to the power grid as part of the Provincial Green Energy Act. For eight months of the year, the rooftop solar system produces all the home’s hot water, and the dehydrators that Barbara utilizes for her Raw Food catering business provide heat during the winter months to keep them toasty warm. The “grey water” produced in their home is put to good use – flushing toilets and watering plants.
The couple is also involved with Hamilton Car Share and a neighbourhood paper-share (they read the newspaper after two other households have scoured them). The backyard is something that must be seen to be believed. Although Peter is the Green Party guy, I believe that it’s Barbara who has the greenest thumb (Sorry, Peter.) Everything about this yard has been used before and can be used again. It’s a space filled with great peace and positive energy. A large cistern at the back of the house holds the rainwater that they use to water the gardens. To the right of that stands a vermi-composter. The rich soil and hundreds of worms inside this gadget produce worm castings and a “compost tea” which is used to fertilize – so no nasty chemicals. At the extreme back end of the property, they utilize two large composters in order to avoid using the city’s green-waste bins.
Approximately 20 varieties of outrageously healthy, heirloom tomato plants climb up old metal bed frames that are placed strategically throughout the garden. Everything in this space can be eaten during the summer months, canned for future use or dried to be used later in Barbara’s “Raw Food” recipes. Several apple and pear trees provide shade and food. They boast at least 10 varieties of berries, 13 types of herbs, plus the good old standbys: cucumber, zucchini, beets, radish, beans, kale, collards, eggplant and green onions. Barbara calls their way of life the KISSES example – Keep It Simple, Sustainable Enjoy Sweetheart. “I think sustainability is about keeping life and our
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KISSES Principle Barbara lives by KISSES. Maybe some hugs and kisses too, but in this case she’s talking about her homegrown version of the KISS theory – Keep It Simple Stupid.
day-to-day ‘stuff’ simple and enjoyable. This is not the same as saying easy. In fact, in what feels like, looks like and is a much faster paced society than ever before, choosing consciously to slow down, grow, make, trade, sow/sew your own is in fact not easier. I feel joy in stepping out into this little patch of yard we have and enjoying literally the fruits of our labour. I grew up on a hobby farm in Binbrook, before all the development you can see there now, knowing and understanding early on that homegrown (without chemicals) and homemade is the best! I could choose to spend my time working to make more money in order to pay someone else to do the things I either don’t know how to do or don’t have time to
do (and there is nothing wrong with that). It’s just not always sustainable and I love learning new things – something I don’t think will ever end when choosing a path towards conscious sustainability.” This young couple has definitely created a backyard that is congruent with their belief system and lifestyle, and truly reflects what is important to them. Great job guys – you “rawk” the sustainability world. For more information about “cooking raw” please visit Barbara’s website: www.blove.ca
Barbara’s approach is sweeter though – KISSES – Keep It Simple, Sustainable Enjoy Sweetheart. “I think sustainability is about keeping life and our day to day ‘stuff’ simple and enjoyable. This is not the same as saying easy. In fact, in what feels like, looks like and is a much faster paced society than ever before, choosing consciously to slow down, grow, make, trade, sow/ sew your own is in fact not easier. “I feel joy in stepping out into this little patch of yard we have and enjoying literally the fruits of our labour. I grew up on a hobby farm in Binbrook – before all the development you can see there now – knowing and understanding early on that homegrown (without chemicals) and homemade is the best! “I could choose to spend my time working to make more money in order to pay someone else to do the things I either don’t know how to do or don’t have time to do. And while there is nothing wrong with that, it’s just not always sustainable. Besides, I love learning new things; something I don’t think will ever end when choosing a path towards conscious sustainability.” And there you have it, KISSES from Barbara.
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ren is a 28-year-old, six-foot-six-inch gentle giant of Dutch decent. He’s one of two children raised by parents who taught him the value of hard work from a young age. He always had too much energy to stop and sit down, so the idea of spending his days in a college or university lecture hall was not appealing to him. His love of the outdoors and need to physically work with his hands led to a co-op placement at a nursery where he combined both. The experience of “working outside with a good group of guys” made him “fall in love with the trade,” says Aren. Aren credits Fred Ferigon of Polar Pools and Dave Maciulis, of Natural Landscape Inc. for instilling a good work ethic, attention to detail and providing real-world experience.
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TheBrighter Bulb Fall planting ensures warmth and colour come spring By Kris Morettie
he crisp, cool days of autumn have arrived, bringing plenty of rain with them. While it can be tempting to retreat indoors and give up on the garden for the season, spending some time outside this fall can give your curb appeal a major boost in the spring. Right now is the perfect time to plant spring bulbs in your garden, and when they emerge with their cheerful colours after the long winter, you’ll be glad that you put in the extra effort. There are thousands of varieties of spring bulbs to choose from and they feature many different styles, textures and sizes. From classics such as daffodils, tulips and hyacinths to unusual giant alliums, bulbs range widely in appearance, making it possible to create a spectacular show of colour and life in the garden before most perennials are even starting to awaken. A clean, contemporary look can be achieved by using a single flower colour throughout the landscape or have fun with a splashy mix of different shades. For a perfectly coordinated palette, look for combination packs of bulbs that are mixed together in the hottest colours. From deep, dramatic darks to punchy citrus brights, choosing a unique look for your home is all part of the fun of planting in fall. Brand new varieties emerge every year and if the cutting-edge is where you want to be, you have to shop early. There are a few key considerations for planting bulbs. First, make sure that they’re planted “right side up.” Most bulbs are shaped like a tear-drop with a pointed top and should be planted with the flat side down. Planting depth is also crucial for success. Follow the planting
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guidelines on the package to ensure that your bulbs are deep enough, which is generally more than four inches. Proper planting depth will prevent your bulbs from shifting or rotting during the freeze-and-thaw cycles of early spring and can also help to keep the squirrels from munching on them. Bulbs are perfect little packages, containing all of the energy and nutrients needed for growth in early spring. However, adding a bulb fertilizer to the soil at planting time can also be beneficial. Bone meal is a traditional gardener’s favourite and “bulb booster” food blends are widely available and easy to use and will provide extra nourishment for your flowers in early spring. To create a natural-looking display, plant your bulbs in groups or clusters. An easy trick to planting is to simply drop the bulbs in handfuls onto the garden bed and plant them where they land. This often leads to an organic mix of colours and patterns, which can be difficult to achieve intentionally. When your planting is complete, cover the soil surface with a fresh layer of mulch to add extra insulation and to further deter hungry critters. After months of cold, grey winter, your spring bulbs will pop out of the ground with bright reminders of the warm weather to come. For a vast selection of spring bulbs and everything else you need for a fabulous fall garden visit any TERRA store location.
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Planting tips for a glorious spring showing By Kathryn Murray Planting bulbs is a fun, easy way to make your garden come to life throughout the growing season. Here are some tips to keep in mind. Plant Early: While certain climates will allow for planting up until December, it’s important to get your bulbs in the ground prior to deep frost setting in. Right Depth: Be sure to follow the planting instructions pertaining to depth. If bulbs are planted too shallow they’ll become a tasty treat for wildlife. Planting bulbs too deep results in excess foliage and small, weak flowers. Read packages carefully. Right Side Up: Be sure to plant your bulbs the right way. Always have the point or the eyes facing up, allowing the shoot to burst out of the ground and into your garden display. Plenty of Sun: Don’t let the packaging fool you. It’s true that many bulb plants will grow in partially shady conditions, however, for best results plant in full sun. The spring warmth will awaken
your sleeping bulbs and bring colour to your garden earlier in the season. Numbers Game: Plant your bulbs in odd number clusters. Plant smaller bulbs together (one to two inches apart) for a fuller display and fewer large bulbs to allow plants to mature nicely (four to six inches apart). Well Packed: Once in the ground, be sure to water well and pack the earth on top of your plantings. Cover your bulbs with mulch or compost one to two weeks after planting. Avoid the smorgasbord: Many rodents and other wildlife enjoy the taste of a variety of bulbs. Beyond rodent sprays and wire cages, there is a natural alternative to keeping pests at bay: Daffodils. A nasty surprise for many wishing to dine in your garden, planting daffodils amongst your other bulbs will help ensure they make it to flowering time. Other tips include: bone meal, hair from your hairbrush and rose stem clippings on top of your plantings work as other deterrents.
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There were so many perks to the newly invested glasshouse that the only complaint I got one December evening was a phone call from the husband. Since he added a small electric heater, he could never get his wife to come in the house. I asked him why she was still out during the November-December months? He chuckled that with five kids, two dogs and the fact that even though he’s 40 but feels 25, why would she want to come in?
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We are investing so much money outside and we need to create ways to extend our outdoor living later into the season. For many of my clients over the years, I have suggested several ways to extend life outside, such as fire pits and hot tubs. These keep you huddling too close to the smoke or require jumping into your bathing suit – or clothing optional for those free spirited clients. Pavilions and gazebos help with the rain, but combine those structures with a little glass – not wine.
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If you are planning to use the fall or winter to create a plan for your home, Chantel has some tips to ensure that your duet works. • Do your homework. Come to the first meeting prepared with a wish list and photos or magazine articles that depict your style or vision. • Ask for the designer’s credentials. Are they a Landscape Industry Certified Designer? In Ontario, you can check with Landscape Ontario to find a designer in your area.
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or Chantel Pintos, an award-winning landscape designer, building a relationship with her clients is like composing a song that’s sung as a duet; two separate parts coming together to create one harmonious design voice. In order to build that relationship she first has to understand their goals and wishes. The process begins with a consultation meeting at the client’s home. During the home visit they spend time walking the property together, touring the inside of the home, reviewing inspirational photos from her design portfolio, and talking. All this in an effort to understand their design style; valuable information needed to build trust and create a design concept sketch they’ll fall in love with. Chantel helps them to understand that they are “in the process with me.” She doesn’t want to tell them what they should have. Instead, she wants
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to offer them choices and professional advice. “I want to make sure that I’m satisfying what the client wants to see, all the while blending it with the correct design principles,” says Chantel.
Communicate the budget, both for the design plan and the project, so elements aren’t included that you can’t afford. Products used for landscaping vary and
She uses the information to create a hand-drawn sketch that gets their imagination singing and usually leads to further design work on a more formal scale; such as a detailed two-dimensional colour landscape plan or even a three-dimensional illustration plan that you can take a virtual walk-through.
selections are available at different price points. • Ask the designer what resources they can provide. They should have a portfolio that features photos or videos of their work and material choices available to you (Chantel uses an iPad
The bottom line is that you need to make a connection with the designer. Designing takes time and good communication. Use your voice to direct the plan to meet your needs and desires for your space. If you do, you���ll make a perfect duet and the result will be beautiful harmony.
for hers). They should also be able to direct you to trusted suppliers where you can view the products. • Get it in writing. Ask for a written quote that defines the hours estimated for the design and what type of design you will receive.
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Concept Sketch A hand-drawn sketch, that lays out the space and design elements. Used as a starting point for the homeowner to visualize what can be.
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(40) PACHYSANDRA (3) COLORADO BLUE SPRUCE
(5) PALACE PURPLE CORAL BELLS (5) MORNING LIGHT MAIDEN GRASS PROPOSED HOT TUB (3) HOSTA PLANTAGINEA 'GRANDIFLORA' (1) IVORY SILK LILAC (5) HOSTA 'GINKO CRAIG' (5) JAPANESE PAINTED FERN
(5) HOSTA 'FRANCEE' PROPOSED CABANA SEE PAGE 2
PERMACON MEGA- BERGERAC PAVER
CONNECT DOWN SPOUT TO 4" DRAIN TILE AND GRADE ALONG. PROPERTY LINE ALONG NATURAL FLOW
EXPOSED AGGREGATE WALKWAY CAPPUCCINO COLOUR
HOT TUB 84"x84"x35.5" 300 gal
EXPOSED AGGREGATE SOLDIER COURSE
ARBORED GATE SEE PAGE 2
36" WIDE AUTO CLOSE
PROPOSED PERGOLA SEE PAGE 2
(5) PORCUPINE GRASS
(5) HUGES JUNIPER (5) HOSTA 'PATRIOT'
(5) HOSTA PLANTAGINEA 'GRANDIFLORA'
(5) COLORADO SPRUCE
(1) INABA SHIDARE MAPLE
COURTYARD WITH KNEEWALL
(12) IRISH MOSS
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(5) CALGARY CARPET JUNIPER
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(12) IRISH MOSS NATURAL STONE STEPS (3) AUTUMN JOY SEDUM
(1) RIVER BIRCH CLUMP FORM (60) PACHYSANDRA
SET ON 8" BRICK SAND BASE FIIL 2" JOINTS WITH POLYMERIC SAND
(3) AUTUMN JOY SEDUM
MAINTAIN PROPERTY LINE SWALE
(5) PALACE PURPLE CORAL BELLS
18" STAINLESS STEEL MODE RUSTIC FIRE RING COVERED WITH 1" TUMBLED WHITE GLASS
3" MEGA FLAGSTONE PATIO
(5) JAPANESE BLOOD GRASS
QUALITY 3-D SOD BLEND
(3) SUNSPOT EUONYMUS A/C
SET ON 4" BRICK SAND BASE
GAS FIRE PIT
3" MEGA FLAGSTONE 82"
(5) PURPLE CONEFLOWER
(6) FAIRVIEW YEW CHIMNEY VENT
(5) ELIJAH BLUE FESCUE GRASS
(3) COLORADO BLUE SPRUCE
(1) JEDDELOH DWARF HEMLOCK
(3) PINK BEAUTY HYDRANGEA
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(1) INABA SHIDARE MAPLE (5) CALGARY CARPET JUNIPER
(1) KATSURA TREE CLUMP FORM
(5) HOSTA 'FRANCES WILLIAMS'
CALGARY CARPET JUNIPER
(5) HOSTA 'FRANCES WILLIAMS'
P 103" 101"
EXPOSED AGGREGATE WALKWAY
VENEER PORCH AND LANDINGS
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(1) CLIMBING HYDRANGEA (3) JAPANESE BLOOD GRASS WATER FEATURE
(5) SUNSPOT EUONYMUS
(3) HOSTA 'FIRE AND ICE'
(1) SHADEMASTER LOCUST
PROPOSED BBQ 81"
MAIN PATIO 82"
16' X 34'
*FORM EXTENED LANDING ON 6" CONCRETE PAD WITH 6-6" DIA. SONO TUBE FOOTINGS 48" DEEP
(5) HUGES JUNIPER
(3) WHITE SPRUCE WHITE SPRUCE
(5) CALGARY CARPET JUNIPER
A detailed computer-rendered colour drawing of the landscape and all the proposed elements.
SQUARE CUT WIARITON FLAGSTONE
(1) BRADFORD PEAR
Two-Dimensional Colour Landscape Plan
IVORY SILK LILAC
ARMOUR STONE RETAINING WALL
PERMACON MEGA- BERGERAC PLUS PAVERS RANGE BRITTANY BEIGE MODULAR PATTERN INSTALLED ON 4" SLAB CONCRETE
*FORM EXTENED LANDINGS ON 4" CONCRETE PAD WITH 8-6" DIA. SONO TUBE FOOTINGS 48" DEEP *EXTEND FORMED WALL S 24" HIGH FACE WITH WIARITON LEDGEROCK
RIVER BIRCH CLUMP FORM
(5) HOSTA SIEBOLDIANA 'GREAT EXPECTATIONS' (1) RIVER BIRCH CLUMP FORM
3" MEGA FLAGSTONE
SET ON 4" BRICK SAND BASE
(40) PACHYSANDRA (3) CHRISTMAS FERN (5) HOSTA 'FRANCEE' (3) OAK-LEAVED HYDRANGEA
AUTUMN JOY SEDUM
IRON EAGLE GATE
(5) PURPLE CONEFLOWER
(5) DWARF DAYLILY 'HAPPY RETURNS'
48" WIDE AUTO CLOSE CONNECT DOWN SPOUT TO 4" DRAIN TILE AND GRADE ALONG. PROPERTY LINE ALONG NATURAL FLOW
HOSTA 'GREAT EXPECTATIONS'
EXISTING GARDEN SHED
(5) HOSTA 'FRANCES WILLIAMS' (3) SHUBERT CHOKECHERRY (100) PACHYSANDRA
(5) OSTRICH FERN
(5) PALACE PURPLE CORAL BELLS
EXISTING 6' HIGH WOOD FENCE (1) LILAC 'CHARLES JOLY
(5) HOSTA 'FRANCEE'
LIGHTING LEGEND UP
DAYLILY 'HAPPY RETURNS'
UP LIGHTS GARDEN LIGHTS PATH LIGHTS
INABE SHIDARE MAPLE
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A Garden Secret Enhance the sex appeal in your own backyard By Dave Maciulis
hrough the years I’ve been privileged to design outdoor living spaces for many couples. But I have a secret to share: Some of these were designed for more than just entertaining or splashing in the pool; they were designed for passion. It appears that there’s been a shift over the last several years. People are reluctant to invest their hard-earned cash in a cottage that might take hours to drive to, and an awful lot of disposable income to maintain. They’re also avoiding those tropical islands or even the old standby, Niagara Falls. What do they want? A comfortable oasis in their own backyard where they can reconnect and enjoy each other’s company. Here’s an example I’ll share with you: Lily and Dimitri are a working-class couple in their forties. They’ll both tell you that their four teenagers are enough to make even the sanest parent just a little “loopy.” They work long hours, so come the weekend, they’re ready to kick back and enjoy some downtime.
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They considered a cottage, but, with the kids having summer jobs, that wouldn’t work. They didn’t think leaving the teens behind to “look after the house” while they were away was a good idea. What Lily and Dimitri did was bring the cottage to their own backyard. They wanted a space that would reflect their lifestyle, evoke peace and tranquility and allow them to entertain. But more importantly, the wanted a place where they could reconnect at the end of a long, busy week and maybe even have a romantic dinner in their own personal secret garden. They’ve included all the elements to promote romance – water, fire and privacy. So while their kids might have a few friends over for an afternoon swim in the pool and hot tub, once the children have gone to bed, the yard is theirs. The hot tub is one of their favourite places. It was built in an area of the yard that’s surrounded by tall ornamental grasses and an etched-glass privacy screen.
How to increase the sex appeal of your backyard: •Determine the most private area of your yard – consider the view from your neighbour’s home as well as your own. Add a grouping of evergreen trees (See Dave’s Plant Picks for ideas), a mass
of tall ornamental grasses or strategically placed frosted glass or screen details to create privacy.
•Incorporate furniture that seats two, such as swing-chairs, sun beds and loveseats. (See Natural Trends for examples) •Include natural elements that evoke passion, such as fire and water. •Fire is basic and primal. It sparks intimacy and also provides muchneeded late season warmth and light. Who doesn’t look better in the glow of firelight?
The fire table provides a place to rest a coffee during the day and sparks at night to inspire intimacy. The daytime book corner becomes a private couples’ lounge. They added an outdoor sound system, which is great for parties, but even greater for setting the mood when they’re alone. (Insert Barry White’s voice here.)
•Tuck a hot tub into a cozy corner. Along the water’s edge of a pool include fountains or waterfalls to add ambience and block both foreground and background noise.
The yard was designed to include something for everyone and then shift, like a chameleon, into a sexy retreat. So, a glass of Merlot with a late night dip (wink, wink) is their dirty little secret. The moral of this story? There’s no need to go very far for a romantic getaway. You can create it right outside your own back door. We work hard for so much of our lives and we need to make a point of connecting with each other; to keep the spark of desire alive and well. So, give thought to what is within your budget, what kind of space you have to work with and what excites you. I mean really excites you! Your secret is safe in your own backyard – shhh!
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•Create enticing scents through plant choices such as flowering shrubs and herbs.
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The natural adventures of eco Landscape Design
fter a long harsh winter these three compadres are anxious to get to the “hands on” part of their work. Reconnecting with nature. Reconnecting with the people to whom they brought nature. For the owners of eco Landscape Design, this was the third year they’d opened this particular yard. They’d built a solid rapport with the clients. The relationship felt like it was more than just a business deal. It felt like family. Mike worked methodically in the back garden, pulling out old weeds and debris that the fall had deposited. The team had worked hard over the past few years to help this landscape evolve into the piece of art that it had become. He wasn’t sure what it felt like to be a proud dad,
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but he was pretty certain that this must be a similar feeling. After Colin had taken his soil samples and examined the trees for any winter backlash, he joined Mike standing at the edge of the property. They took a few moments to inhale the view and reflect on their work. Man, how they loved this work. Chris’s devilish laughter snapped them out of their dreamy state. They turned to see him immersed in an animated conversation with the homeowner. His laugh was always a good sign that things were going well and the client was pleased. They were instrumental in assisting these clients in uncovering their mind’s eye. It had been an arduous journey, but they’d formed some solid
By Lori Sweezey
[L-R] t Mike Thiessen: 32: Niagara College: Landscape Designer: Childhood dream–to be Jacques Cousteau Colin Wade: 32: Humber College: Arborist/self-proclaimed perfectionist/in charge of operations: Childhood dream–to be a veterinarian Chris Orlesky: 32: McMaster-BSc: Sales/Numbers guy: Childhood dream–to be a firefighter
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relationships with everyone on this project – from the architect, to the contractors, to the clients, to the interior designer. The eco team had been the student as well as the teacher. They’d figured out early on that the key to their success was going to be communication; or, – mostly the listening. They’d set high standards for themselves and expected the same from everyone involved in their projects. They’d been very successful in creating cohesiveness between the clients’ wants and needs, the style of the home, Mother Nature, the interior of the home and even the bylaw guy. Three years in and the gardens were full and lush. The property flowed. It was inviting and calming to the eye.
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Mike and Colin made their way back to the sunken patio to join Chris and the clients. They all helped themselves to an ice-cold glass of freshly squeezed lemonade. The air felt slightly thick. They could feel it coming – the “it’s not you, it’s me” spiel. It always felt a little similar to breaking up with an amazing girlfriend. You’d grown and shared some great times together, but it was just time to move on. “So this feels a little awkward, guys, and nothing personal or anything. I just think we can do this all by ourselves now. You’ve taught us well. The grounds look amazing. I hate to say it, but I think we’re good!” This is always a bittersweet moment. But that was their mission from the very beginning. Engage and inspire the client. Imagine and
About eco Landscape Design: Founded in 2002 by three boyhood
the savagery of nature?” states Colin.
friends, Mike Thiessen (designer), Chris
The “eco guys” try to make their clients
Orlesky (sales/business) and Colin Wade
understand that a landscape, even a
(operations/arborist), eco Landscape
specifically designed one, is dynamic
Design leaps to the forefront of the land-
and ever-changing; and so talking about
scape world. These three men have
expectations and educating the clients
very distinct personalities that comple-
at the beginning stages of a job is crucial
ment their business and benefit their
to a happy ending. They take into con-
clients. Their synergy is palpable. They
sideration the relationships between
say that they’re in the business of “com-
the home in its natural environment, its
munication,” with “listening” being the
newly incorporated elements, the needs
most important part of that – listening to
and wishes of the client, respecting the
each other and the clients. They are all
environment itself and how they can
very aware of each other’s strong points,
harmonize all these aspects.
so this makes it easy to determine who
There are many reasons that this
will take the lead role in any given eco-
dynamic team is so successful.
client relationship. “The question is:
Check it out for yourself!
How do we marry post-modern man with
Tips from the Amigos A great design and landscape starts with communication. Here are some helpful tips from eco Landscape Design: 1. Communicate expectations. 2. Decide on as many details as possible before breaking ground.
3. Stay involved with the project on a daily basis with updates. 4. Work with people who are passionate about what they are doing. 5. Discuss issues where your expectations haven’t been met. Don’t stay silent.
build the environment and then work with them so that they get a feel for the ever-changing landscape. Their work here was done.
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I like to use this tree as a lawn specimen. Its small flower isn’t what makes this a standout; it’s the leaves that make this tree a perfect pick. It offers a rainbow of colours throughout the growing season, emerging reddish purple, then turning bluish green and finally ending with apricot orange. And, just like a rainbow, this tree leads to a little pot of gold when its leaves send off their spicy aroma.
~ Cercidiphyllum japonicum
Take a stroll down the garden path and check out some of the popular plants that can turn any landscape into a real stunner. Dave Maciulis of Natural Landscape highlights some of his favourite picks.
Ivory Silk Lilac Tree
~ Syringa reticulate ‘Ivory Silk’ The always reliable Ivory Silk is a popular pick with my clients. Its vase -shaped canopy provides full coverage for privacy between neighbouring fences. It produces creamy white flowers that look just like lilacs blooms. It’s very hardy and easy to maintain, making it perfect for an inner city garden where privacy and space is an issue.
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Chanticleer Pear Tree ~ Pyrus calleryana ‘Chanticleer’
This beauty is one of my favourites to plant along a fence line. It tends to have a pyramidal shape to the canopy, so large branches reaching over their property won’t bother your neighbours. The abundant display of white flowers in the spring will surely make them envious! The tree bears a small bite-size fruit that typically stays on the branches over the winter months for the birds to feast on.
Chinese Flowering Dogwood ~ Cornus kousa var. Chinensis
Get seasonal interest from summer to fall. This early summer bloomer gives you something sweet to look at when most other trees have finished their spring blooming. The white bracts (a fancy way of describing its flower-like leaves) last throughout the summer months, until fall when interesting-looking and edible fruit make their appearance. It’s hardy, grows well in our climate and performs even in full sun.
Star Magnolia ~ Magnolia stellata A small tree or large shrub, under 15’ tall, featuring an awesome show of flowers in the early spring. As trees go, this one is small, so I recommend using it to highlight the front entrance to a house, where it won’t get in the way but makes a powerful little statement! Use the shrub version to create a mass planting along a back property line or wherever you want to create a mass showing of colour.
“Bloodgood” Japanese Red Maple ~ Acer palmatum ‘bloodgood’ This classic captivates many people, including me! Its year-round deep purple-red leaves create contrast and make the tree an interesting focal point in any garden. Japanese Maples have a reputation for not being very hardy, but that’s not true of this variety. When planted properly they perform very well.
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