Recognizing the year’s best in building the garden dream
The BC Landscape Awards of Excellence recognize the year’s best in creating exceptional gardens. This prestigious annual competition honours the outstanding workmanship of B.C.’s landscape professionals in various project categories ranging from $5,000 to more than $120,000. In late summer each year, landscape installation, maintenance and design firms submit their best projects of the season. These projects are evaluated against rigorous criteria by seven highly accredited judges who are selected from various sectors of the horticulture industry including municipal or public gardens, nurseries, landscape companies, landscape architecture firms, educational institutions, garden communications, or garden centres.
Landscape Installation - Single Famliy Residentia
A large oceanfront property landscaped to screen in and compliment a West Coast post and beam residence with large glass sections looking out to the water. Ancient granite left behind by underground streams was mined on site and used for step and wall construction. The stream bed itself provides natural drainage and was enhanced with iris ensata, sedum and nepeta for colour; ferns tie in with the natural forest surroundings; and black stem bamboo to give a light airy background. 6’ x 9’ precast concrete slabs were lifted into place by crane to bridge the creek and give formal entrance to the house. All plants had to be deer resistant to withstand the onslaught of a well-established herd that roams the area regularly.
Landscape Installation—Single Family Residential
The clients’ impetus for renovating this garden was to create a space that was more usable, allowed for more movement for entertaining and was less maintenance.
The original patio had been installed on a slope, was only large enough for a small table and that dining space was directly outside the patio doors. There also was a very small and unusable lawn space. The lawn was on the shady side of the garage and had a drainage problem.
Patio, lawn and bamboo were removed. The new patio was made larger for entertaining and easy access to patio doors. A new garden was installed that included seasonal colour. Original pavers were reused. Unused wood products and plant pots were recycled. Soils were amended and plants were reused.
The client now has much more functional space to entertain and enjoy.
Paul Sangha Landscape Architecture
Winner of the 2013 National Award of Landscape Excellence
Caterpillar Award of Excellence for Residential Landscape Construction/Installation.
Landscape Installation—Single Family Residential
This project involved resculpting and transforming the back yard of an estate property in West Vancouver. The project started with an extensive excavation followed by the construction of 7' engineered architectural concrete walls, the installation of a vanishing edge swimming pool, a 3,000 sq ft dimensional cut basalt pool deck patio, a complete revamping of all garden and lawn areas, the construction of a custom cedar fence and pergola, the installation of a custom outdoor fireplace, 2 large firebowls, an outdoor audio system, and an outdoor "waterfall" shower.
Single Family Residential
The house is on a small lot and had no privacy. The whole front entrance, stair, walkway, planting had to be removed and redone. A little water feature was added as well as heavy planting for more privacy and a small patio. The backyard required some removal of overgrown trees. While rough grading the backyard big boulders were found. Instead of removing them a hole was drilled and used as a gurgler. We added a small pond and a little stream. Bluestone was used for a patio as well as a walkway to the office.
Grand Project Winner - Landscape Installation - Single Family Residential
After a big house renovation the client needed some major landscaping done. Including redoing an existing and leaking water feature. A nice bluestone patio was installed in front of the living room. To block the house to the south, as well as a safety feature, we built a pergola which is a nice shaded area on a sunny day, to enjoy the water feature. The backyard was a complete concrete jungle which had to be removed. Stairs, walls, BBQ and two water features, as well as a bluestone patio from which you can view the waterfalls.
Landscape Installation - Small Space Garden
Para Space Landscaping Inc.
This is a 6th floor condo with a large patio and spectacular view of false creek and the city. The idea behind the design was to create separate areas for use yet maintain the scenery. Planted pots and a dry stream bed were used to divide the space along with cut ins to help lead you through the area and add interest. Water was also used in the form of a pot and small basalt gurglers to help mask out the sound of the city and create a calming atmosphere. The clients were extremely pleased with the final result.