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Passionate - About Landscape Design

By Leanne Goulding -Written in 2011
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So it’s been tough going for the past couple years, eh? Yep. Landscape renovation must be number one, two or three on the discretionary expenditure list and we are living in extraordinary times, the worst economic downturn in eight decades. So what’s a girl (guy) to do?

The reason I do landscape design - happy clients I love all the details in landscape design I love both the work and the design Ahhhh, the finished product
As I turn the calendar (in my new smart phone), it seems appropriate to acknowledge the situation and yet…I find myself steadfast in my dedication to our profession. It serves remembering (for those of us with tenure in the industry), we have had some fabulous years.

The early 2000s, based here in the home of tech (and the tech bubble), we had opportunities to really push the envelope. We were lucky. But clearly we are in a cyclic industry, at the bottom of a world-class trough.

And yet, there is nothing I would rather do.

This profession offers us the space to create – the spectrum of styles/options - beauty, drama, serenity; small and intimate/bold and extroverted; ecology that works in tandem with nature. The process matures from the gem of a client’s idea through daily construction to completion of spaces that will be used, enjoyed and loved for years. How cool is that?

Collaboration is daily - with clients, with contractors or employees. Organization is essential and communication skills (often the ability to relay unwanted information) are called upon and honed to a fine point.

The nuts and bolts of construction offer a lifetime of learning. How to better draw an arbor detail, use new materials and techniques, construct a water feature, or not to build a wall; all are tutorials that make us better designers, and every project completed has a lesson (or two).

Not to be overlooked is the financial aspect of our enterprise. As designers and project managers, we are called upon to discuss and work with clients on an intimate level. We discuss, negotiate and often contract or handle notable amounts of money. And our installations have to be profitable or we will soon be out of work.

Just to round out our skill set, many of us own and operate small businesses. So we can add human resource manager, education & training, accountant, scheduling, maintenance and repair, secretary, marketing, CEO, CFO, PR and IT (which would imply that one could actually fix the computer/printer interface) to our list.

Our chosen profession calls on a broad range of talents and skills, urges us to progress and evolve and in return grants us a lifetime of interest, challenges and perpetual engagement and fulfillment.

There is nothing I would rather do.

Leanne Goulding
APLDWA Board President-Elect





Leanne has over 26 years of experience of working closely with clients to create unique and imaginative gardens.

She has co-created gardens in four Northwest Flower & Garden Shows, receiving several awards, including Gold in 2013. To discuss your landscape design needs contact her today at 206.948.1601.

Author: Leanne Goulding

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