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.”—