SUSTAINABLE LANDSCAPE DESIGN
A well-designed sustainable garden is alive with native shrubs and trees, and with flowers and pollinators: it is a restoration site for all who inhabit the space.
This applies not only to the visiting birds, bees and butterflies, but also to the people who tend and care for the garden, and spend time there with friends and family. Even the home can be transformed when it is enveloped by beauty, by well-placed focal points and screens, decks, patios, and walkways, and by plants that nourish with enchanting scent and colour. The sustainable garden truly celebrates place by taking cues from the local plant pallet and highlighting its intense and perfect beauty in the home garden. When native plants are paired with local stone and wood products, the garden just feels right.
By choosing native plants that require minimal maintenance and water, and using sustainable materials and organic practices, the designs that we create help homeowners reach a common goal—to respect and protect the land that we all share. By doing so, our gardens become places of respite, not just for people and their pets, but also for our local and migrating songbirds, bees and butterflies.
At Greenspace Designs, we believe that a well-designed garden must maximize the capabilities of its site while reflecting the style of both the home and its owners. The result is a cohesive picture of house and garden, and an extension of our clients’ own aesthetic and lifestyle.
We do our best to create a joyful, stress-free experience for our clients, from the first consultation with the garden designer to the final walk through the finished garden. This means listening to and understanding what clients need, producing creative designs within stated timelines, securing skilled and reliable builders, stone masons and landscapers, and finishing projects on time and on budget.
Erin is passionate about creating innovative and earth-friendly landscapes. She brings over twenty years of horticulture and garden design education, experience and expertise, as well as an artistic ability to help her clients define their vision and bring it to fruition. Erin is a patient and able communicator, and she works closely with her clients to ensure that their garden space, whatever the style, strongly represents their own tastes, while treading lightly on the earth.
Caitlin has been working in the horticulture industry for over 9 years and has been designing gardens in the Victoria area for over four years. She strives to produce sustainable landscapes, rich with native plants. Caitlin’s education includes a Horticulture Technician Certificate from Camosun College, a OL diploma in Garden Design from KLC School of Design, and is continually expanding her knowledge of the garden design world.
Greenspace Designs provides garden consultation and landscape design services to suit your needs. We offer on site consultations, basic concept plans, full working design drawings, and project management services for select projects. Throughout the process, there is an open line of communication to be sure that your expectations are being met, and that there are no questions left unanswered. Budgets are kept; timelines are delivered.
We begin with an in-depth meeting in your garden, where we discuss your goals, needs, site assets and liabilities, budget expectations, and preferred garden styles. Based on this information, we will provide you with garden design ideas, including planting and hardscape suggestions, as well as maintenance suggestions and organic gardening techniques.
After the consultation and site survey are complete, Greenspace Designs will create a concept sketch outlining the basic elements of the new garden including hardscaping elements and tree placement. At this point we will meet with you to discuss and make any changes to the concept sketch before moving on to the final design plan. The final drawings include a general site layout plan, as well as a planting and hardscaping plan, detailing everything necessary to complete the garden.
Greenspace Designs offers full project management services for select projects. This includes sourcing the best builders, stonemasons, artisans and landscapers, acquiring and reviewing quotes, and then creating and seeing through a detailed project schedule. The project schedule outlines the order of work that will be done, and provides completion dates for the various tasks. By creating a schedule and reviewing quotes, we are able to control the cost and quality of the work done to complete your garden. Contact us for landscape design Victoria.
After interviewing several potential landscape designers, the decision to go with Erin Renwick was easily made after our first interview with her. Her knowledge of horticulture and design was impressive. Her detailed drawings that included concrete and stone work as well as ponds was a perfect match for the design of the home even though she was brought in mid-way through the building process. We asked for a low maintenance landscaping that was deer friendly and she delivered exactly that. In addition, we decided to have Erin manage the design process that she had created. The level of detail in her drawings matched the execution. We found Erin to be an honest and fair professional who was a pleasure to deal with from beginning to end.
– Andy & Joanne Poirier
The design of our garden is beautiful. We appreciated Erin’s extensive knowledge of plants, and her suggestions for plants in each area. Working with Erin was a pleasure at every step – we found it easy to share our ideas of what we wanted and to understand trade-offs in design and cost. Every task was done on time or even before schedule. Erin’s continued management of the project during implementation was invaluable, as there were many detailed decisions to make. We’ve been getting lots of compliments from passers by – great way to get to know the neighbours!
– Anne Condon
Greenspace Designs has been great to work with. At the first meeting, Erin listened to our needs and wants, and came up with a creative, environmentally-low-impact garden design that made the most of our small space. Her use of stone and plants has transformed our yard into beautiful garden pathways where there are plants flowering nearly year-round.
– Lara Spence
Over the past few years I always dreamed about having a nice backyard, where I could just relax without having to work too hard on it. Finally, we got some unexpected money and decided to go ahead with making this dream come true. I found Erin’s website and was immediately convinced that she would be the right person for the job. And she was indeed. I felt right away that she understood exactly what we wanted and needed.
Now, a few months later, we have this beautiful backyard which looks like it’s always been there. Just sitting and looking makes me feel calm and relaxed. And even my seven year old son (and his friends) think that it’s “really cool”. It’s like a little oasis in the city where the whole family likes to hang out.
– Martina Wiltschko
Erin transformed our small and ordinary yard into a beautiful space. We now eat so often outdoors that it feels like we have added a new room to our house. Everything is gorgeous and we are all very happy with the results.
– Tracey MacKinlay
I am delighted with the garden that landscape designer Erin designed for me. She created an appealing combination of plants, wood and stone in a small space without it looking cluttered. The planting has been a wonderful succession of colour from spring to fall, and the garden is very low maintenance. I found Erin easy to work with, knowledgeable and organized – and it was all done on time!
– Kit Pearson
Thanks to Erin’s fertile imagination, rooted in a deep knowledge of plants and design, our backyard has become our living room. It is now a fun place for our toddler to explore and a rejuvenating space in which we can relax. We appreciated the conscientious way Erin kept in touch with us and made sure we were happy with every stage of the project.
– Raymond Nakamura & Lenora Ho
We were thrilled with the design that Erin developed for our large, gulf island cottage garden. Her detailed plans have made it very easy for us to implement the work. Erin took care of every step of the design details. She delivered the design on time, and was available and accessible for follow up and guidance where we needed it. We thoroughly enjoyed working with her. Erin is passionate and very creative about her work and her desire to make a garden design that suits the customer. We would highly recommend her for any garden design.
– Sandy & Robert Burnham
This garden gives me such a feeling of peace and tranquility. The space was tranformed from a boring expanse of grass to a garden where there is something in bloom twelve months of the year. The design takes full advantage of the small area and showcases our water view. I would recommend Greenspace Designs to anyone who wants a beautiful garden.
– Bob Turley
Erin was a joy to deal with – professional, courteous and reliable. Her creative vision is amazing. I’m extremely happy with the transformation of my uninspiring 1960s yard to the peaceful gem she created. I also appreciated the extra touch of keeping me informed at every step of the renovation. My project was completed on time and on budget. The entire process with Erin was a pleasure. I would strongly recommend her services to anyone.
– Rick MacGillivray
Erin designed and managed our project beyond all expectations. Her design fit our space and house perfectly. She listened to us and helped us to know what was possible with our yard. Her dedication to the project saw it completed on time and within budget. Her ability to work with the trades and set out timelines for completion made everything fall into place. At one of our first meetings she said “trust me I think you will like it”. Boy do we ever.
– James Stone
We found Erin to be experienced, skilled, calm and very professional. She provided detailed drawings and estimates in a timely manner. She handled client/contractor meetings tactfully and guided all parties well through the landscape design and construction process. Erin truly knows her stuff and produced creative ideas with an artistic flair. She is extremely personable and a treat to work with. She showed great attention to detail and kept us as clients in constant touch as to progress. A very honest, thoughtful and methodical worker and open to contribution from the client – she was very intuitive to our ideas and vision. In summary, we have no hesitation in highly recommending Erin!
– Stuart & Louise Berr
We have been building homes in Victoria for the last 20 years. It has always been somewhat challenging working with clients and landscapers to get the finished product just the way the home owner wants when it comes to finalizing the landscaping and planting. I met Erin from Greenspace Designs at a custom home that I was building in 10 Mile point, [and we] hired her to look after the job. When the project was done my clients expressed how much they were enjoying their yard and how it worked out better than they had ever imagined. Since then I have hired Erin to work with me on other custom homes as well as do the garden design for View Royal and our upcoming high end townhouses. We will continue to use Erin on our projects and I would recommend her to anyone looking for that attention to detail and great service. Thanks again Erin!
– Martin Schenk