the president and principal landscape designer
for Earthworm Landscape Design Company in
Edmonton, and we do on-site garden consultations
in which we draw plans for people at their
kitchen table in about 2-3 hours.
When we first started, we started out doing
computer drawings for residential plans.
That started out at roughly at $800 and
some of them would end up around $1,200-1,400,
which included about three visits to the
was essentially overkill. So we finally
decided that we can go into a home, spend
that two and a half or three hours and end
up with a quality product, and it seems
to work really, really well.
near roadways are known to calm traffic,
resulting in speed reductions of 10-20 km/h.
increased our business by probably 30% a
year since we’ve started, so it’s
definitely been steadily increasing. As
we’ve been fine tuning the process
and getting rid of all that computer stuff,
and we are actually making more money.
clients want things like low maintenance,
and then in the same breath they’ll
say “I want a pond”, but we
do the best we can to make a fabulous garden
for them but have as low maintenance as
of the accents and features that people
are looking for would be things like water
features, statuary, big rocks, boulders,
and bubbling rocks. Anything that makes
movement and noise seems to be really appealing
landscaping can increase the value of a
home by an average of 7.5%.
designing lots of pegodas, gazebos, lots
of built-in fire pits as well as built-in
BBQs, so people are building outdoor kitchens.
And front years are being used a lot more,
so we’re doing things like courtyards
in the front yards.
it’s becoming really fun to design
outside, because it’s not just trees
and shrubs anymore, they’re treating
it like outdoor rooms that match the rooms
in your house almost.”