Living Lands Landscape and Design (Cynthia Pohl) has been my gardening guru. Cynthia is an artist and, I think, a magician.
Thanks to Cynthia my side garden has gone from grass, one tree, and a dying hedge to a beautifully balanced open garden with different levels and a wealth of plant species: tall, mid and low in height, a wide range of colours, some native and many non-native, and as well a rock ‘river’. I love my garden and so do my neighbours.
The planning, design, and construction took more than one season. Planning began with sharing ideas on what I would like, what Cynthia would suggest and what would be possible. With the design phase sketches and drawings (Cynthia really is an artist) it became easier to see what the outcome could be.
If during these two stages I came up with an idea/suggestion that differed from what we had Cynthia would look at what I was suggesting and say “yes, we could do that,” or “hmmm, how about that?” We would toss ideas around and come up with the final ‘where’ to put a particular plant, or stone. With the planning and design phases it was a collaborative effort, not so with the construction phase. That was all Cynthia and her assistant working by hand.
When we had a second project for my other garden, I knew exactly who to call.