Good landscape designers combine art and science —
and often philosophy or spirituality as well. Technical expertise
is crucial — we know which plants will thrive where, when
to grade or terrace, what to do to avert drainage problems, how
to safely construct a stone wall or a pond. Aesthetic sensibility
is equally important — we need to see, or help create, a client’s
vision, then employ an artist’s command of color, texture,
shape, and composition to realize that vision.
For me, landscape design also implies a creative purpose
— we must understand how a landscape affects people, the moods
it evokes, the needs it fulfills, the ways it can connect us with
our environment, our values, our loved ones, our selves. As a landscape
designer for over 25 years and owner of LAS since 1991, I have found
that one other element is absolutely vital to creating a successful
landscape: you. Whether you’re an individual,
a business or organization, or a public entity, a landscape should
be an expression of your identity and provide a space for renewal,
inspiration, and transformation.
With that in mind, I listen to clients attentively
and encourage a deeply collaborative process from start to finish.
By getting to know you personally, I can tailor my firm’s
wide range of aesthetic influences and capabilities to best meet
your specific needs.
This website addresses the other end of that
process — helping you get to know Mark McKenzie Landscaping and me. So welcome —
and enjoy browsing. If you think we may be a good fit, please contact
us — I’ll be glad to speak with you and arrange a personal
consultation and portfolio review.