I believe a fabulous, functional landscape needs essentially only three things:
- A cheerful, welcoming entry
- An inviting place to sit outside
- Convenient parking and storage
Once you’ve got these sorted, I say give the rest back to nature!
By creating wildlife habitats, conserving water, and reducing chemicals (fertilizers and pesticides) and fossil-fuel usage (mowing), we can drive environmental change right in our own backyards.
As an ecologically-conscious landscape designer, I try to incorporate these components into all of my projects:
Strong concept. One meaningful idea to unify the design.
Clean, uncomplicated lines. Gentle, sweeping curves or strong geometry to make a bold statement.
Generous scale. Deep planting beds that can accommodate mature-sized plants without the need for future pruning. Wide paths and walkways. Large expanses of ground cover. Drifts of perennials. Groves of trees.
Good flow. Clear circulation. Uncluttered views. Repetition of materials and colors.
Year-round structure. Evergreen shrubs and trees. Plants with sculptural shapes. Spaces that are beautiful in the snow.
Minimal hassle. Gravel borders next to buildings to eliminate trimming. Mass planting to prevent weeds. Environmentally-appropriate plants (e.g., drought-tolerant plants for dry areas, etc).
Sustainability. Natural materials. Native plant communities whenever possible. Lawn alternatives, and more.
I design landscapes and gardens in central New York. My design fee is based on an hourly rate, and there is no charge for an initial consultation. I also install and maintain smaller-scale gardens and landscapes (see fine gardening services)—for larger projects, I’m happy to recommend landscape professionals with whom my clients have had great experiences.
My horticultural and design education includes an AS degree in Landscape Architectural Studies from Morrisville College (SUNY). Prior to studying landscape design, I worked as a writer and magazine editor. My family and I have traveled extensively, and these experiences often inform the way I think about landscapes. When not on the road, we live in the beautiful village of Hamilton, NY.
Email: elizabethkdouglas [at] gmail [dot] com