Warming OUR TOES
For more than 30 years I have watched the Canadian outdoor design and build landscape industry evolve. The products, the demographics and the styles have all morphed to meet the needs of clients and climate change alike.
Natural stone can be replicated now with concrete, porcelain tile can look like something straight out of nature, lighting has turned from halogen to lightemitting diode (LED), and fire has become less labour intensive with the arrival of gas fire features, still warming our toes without choking us out with smoke.
The large spacious outdoors has given way to cozy, postage stamp lots. A challenge to be sure, but todays designers meet these challenges, creating intimate spaces and outdoor rooms with talent beyond what I ever would have imagined possible, years ago.
Perennials have given way to shrubs and trees; an investment that gives back to the earth in a multitude of ways that smaller plants just can’t. Then there’s the “new kid on the block”. Caught somewhere between a shrub and a tree, our newly legal cannabis plant is being revered for its variety in shape and size, and is an awesome addition to any garden space. Who’d have thunk?!
The winds of change keep blowing, and these are exciting times. I hope to continue to advocate to the public and professionals alike, to keep on top of our ever-changing Canadian trends in the landscape industry. Stagnancy is rather boring and destructive to our inner Rembrandt. Enjoy every minute of this season, because it will change again before you know it.