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The 101 of Landscape Architecture


Landscape architecture entails more than the ability to identify a particular plant. It is a technical skill that demands the unification of inanimate objects with the natural landscape it surrounds. It is the art of design which integrates landform, water, and indigenous flora and fauna.

Over the years, landscape architecture has assumed a more prominent role in the design and construction process. Landscape architects apply artistic and scientific principles to the planning, design, management, preservation, and rehabilitation of natural and built environments.

Developing a landscape plan in conjunction with the architectural drawings assures that clients will undergo a better building experience. More and more homeowners are also recognizing the importance of landscape architecture. According to the experts, the key to unnecessary expenses is to incorporate your landscape design in the earliest stages of the project.

In Bermuda, there are several ways to create or revitalize your landscape design.  Native and indigenous trees and shrubs offer low maintenance, water-wise options. Examples include olivewoods, buttonwoods, cedars, and palmettos, while a wide variety of exotic shrubs add splashes of colour and interest to any garden. When planting new trees, try grouping trees and shrubs rather than planting in a single row for a potentially more wind-resistant landscape.

In addition to residential and commercial properties, landscape designs is valuable in children’s outdoor environments such as schools, parks, and playgrounds.  Providing children with an enjoyable atmosphere to engage with nature, can foster a new generation of environment-conscious youth and perhaps the next landscape architect.

OBMI is one of the few firms in Bermuda that offers landscape architecture services. Jennifer Davidson, an OBMI Landscape Architect, is skilled in creating a sense of place with her expert ability to exploit Bermuda’s native and indigenous flora. All plants are carefully selected and catered to the client’s needs and location. Jennifer’s portfolio also includes designing patios and entertainment decks, fire pits, pools, outdoor showers and spas, driveways, as well as providing paving, lighting and furniture ideas.

Professional landscaping regardless of the scale, adds curb appeal and offers a long-term return on any investment. Equally, research shows sprawling urban and residential landscapes have a significant impact on your quality of life.  Such as:

  • Just looking at plants and trees, even through a window, can reduce stress and lower blood pressure

  • Walking in a natural environment with plants and trees, even when located in the middle of a city, has been shown to improve attention and memory

  • Neighborhoods that incorporate community green spaces have lower incidences of stress, have lower health care costs, and have an improved quality of life

So whether you incorporate landscaping for its sense of pride, sense of health or sense of place, landscaping just makes sense!