Green El­e­va­tions

Western Living - - DESIGNERS OF THE YEAR - David Ki­tai

On one of Ta­nia Xe­nis’s first land­scap­ing projects, her client—a happy home­body—asked that her plain front yard be made into “some­thing nice to look out at.” But to Xe­nis, prin­ci­pal of Green El­e­va­tions, a gar­den’s pur­pose isn’t just to be seen—it’s to be ex­pe­ri­enced. So the land­scape de­signer in­te­grated beech hedg­ing, re­call­ing her client’s home in White Rock, and added a fire bowl sur­rounded by seat­ing. Now that client spends hours out­side in the gar­den.

Xe­nis draws much of her in­spi­ra­tion from Euro­pean gar­den de­sign, es­pe­cially work in Eng­land and the Nether­lands. Her gardens pair these more tra­di­tional tech­niques with sleek and mod­ern el­e­ments, break­ing up pat­terns of stone and con­crete with hedges and loosely planted Euro­pean peren­ni­als.

With her work in Van­cou­ver, the goal is al­ways to cre­ate out­door spa­ces that can be beau­ti­ful even on the greyest and wettest days of win­ter, says Xe­nis: “A gar­den should be some­thing that makes peo­ple pay at­ten­tion when they walk past.”—

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