Warm­ing OUR TOES

Outdoor Lifestyle Magazine - - Letter -

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.

Dave Maci­ulisPub­lisher

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