Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - HOMES -

A wa­ter fea­ture pro­vides sound and mo­tion and there is a fire ta­ble for sit­ting out­doors on cool evenings. A pri­vate din­ing area on the pa­tio sits be­neath an ar­chi­tec­tural per­gola. To make life eas­ier for his clients, Lemkey in­stalled an ir­ri­ga­tion sys­tem so that wa­ter goes di­rectly into the con­tain­ers and raised beds. Some­times an ex­ist­ing land­scape has sim­ply grown old and needs a facelift. Or chil­dren have grown up and left home, open­ing the door to a new set of op­por­tu­ni­ties for a land­scape. In one ex­am­ple, Lemkey re­vis­ited a land­scape he de­signed 15 years ear­lier and in­stalled an ar­ti­fi­cial putting green for a home­owner who was ready to en­joy his land­scape in a new way. What is a yard with­out hard­scap­ing el­e­ments such as pa­tios, path­ways, decks, ar­bors? “Hard­scap­ing is the dance floor,” says Lemkey. It sets the stage and opens the door to any ac­ces­sories such as ir­ri­ga­tion, light­ing, wa­ter fea­tures or other fea­tures you might wish to add. Trust­ing your land­scape de­signer

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