The time has come for me to officially announce that, after 20 years in the horticultural industry and 8 as the owner of A Cultivated Art Inc., I will no longer be offering landscape design services.
This decision is the natural outcome of a journey through questions of land, relationship and responsibility that I’ve been on for a while and will be continuing on into the future. Simply put, I’ve come to believe that I don’t have the necessary relationship with disparate sections of land to make decisions about how to modify them in a good and responsive way.
Instead, I’ll be working on developing spaces and activities to help those of us who lack the experience of being in close, reciprocal relationship with land to begin to redevelop the patterns and skills for nurturing and caring for those relationships. I’ll be doing this in relationship with others in the Land Care Collective, a group that has been coming together for a bit over a year and is ready to move on to our next stage of growth.
Since I am no longer providing design services, I've compiled a short list of designers providing similar services to what I used to offer.
For planting centered, edible, rewilding, native and Permaculture design services:
REWILD is now offering regenerative landscape design services for the Ottawa area, from Kanata to Cumberland. We take design inspiration from the natural world and create livable ecosystems in your space. Being inspired by designers like Roberto Burle Marx and Frederick Law Olmsted, our designs blend art with local flora.
Email Jeff Collins or call 819-329-6353 for a consultation.
Jennifer LeBlanc Edible Landscape Design I am a landscape designer with a background in horticulture, organic agriculture, and graphic design. My professional work has been primarily of a ‘traditional’ landscape design style. My passion, however, is edible landscapes. My husband and I operate a small suburban homestead where we produce a lot of our own food. I would love the opportunity to work with clients who share the same passions and interests as I do. I look foreword to discussing your edible garden plans with you. Happy growing!
For more conventional landscaping projects, which may also include a fair amount of hardscaping:
With a degree in landscape architecture from the University of Guelph, Ashley was drawn to the juxtaposition of built form and the natural environment. Ashley provides unique designs that reflect her clients’ needs and lifestyles. She excels at gaining her clients’ trust by listening carefully to their wish list and transforming their space into one that is functional, flexible, and vibrant. Ashley’s designs have won construction awards with Landscape Ontario, a province wide landscape association. When she isn’t designing, she loves to cook, garden, snowboard and travel.
Jason Smalley Landscape Design Inc. (JSLD) is an experienced Ottawa based landscape design studio providing creative design solutions for clients who desire an extraordinary outdoor space that is both functional and beautiful. Over the past decade Jason Smalley has dedicated himself to maintaining a high standard of design quality and professionalism. From garden consultation to master plan development and project supervision Jason’s specialized skills, personal service and attention to detail will ensure that expectations are exceeded through all project phases.
About Sundaura Alford-Purvis
The areas of experience and expertise I bring to this new process:
- Working with urban and suburban spaces and small scale rural sites; I’m not qualified to design a farm, even a regenerative one.
- Restoring soil health
- Maximizing the inclusion of native and edible plants
- Prioritizing repair before replacement
- Prioritizing investing in labour before materials
- Making the most of available resources; use less, use what you have, or use what is going to waste, before purchasing new materials.
The rest of my resume:
- Lifelong relationship with all things green and growing
- Began working in the horticultural industry in 1998
- Took a short side trip into Architectural Technology, completing my diploma in 2002
- Returned to horticulture and began to specialize in landscape design in 2003
- Became a Certified Landscape Designer (CLD) in 2006
- Received several landscape industry Awards of Excellence for garden and landscape design over the following years
- Launched A Cultivated Art Inc in the fall of 2012
- Served as an executive board member of the Ottawa chapter of Landscape Ontario from 2011 to 2017
- Completed the Gaia College Organic Master Gardener course and related certification in 2016
- Began working part time as the executive director for the Society for Organic Urban Land Care in 2017
- Began teaching in the Horticultural Industries program at Algonquin College in 2017, updating and revising the landscape design course material and working with roughly 50 students each year.
An important note on my availability:
- Weekdays are my preferred time to meet, but I can meet in the early evening on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
- I am not available to meet on weekends except in exceptional circumstances.
Using resources sustainably also includes my time and energy:
- I have a garden that requires care and attention
- I dedicate a portion of my time to assisting other local professionals and businesses to develop sustainable business practices
I have, in the past, pushed myself to the point that I have become physically ill. This isn’t healthy or sustainable. It also doesn’t result in me providing my best work for you or your project.
With this in mind, I have concluded that I can effectively support ten to fifteen clients working through the development of a relationship with your space each year. When I've reached my client limit, I'll post my next expected availability here and on the home page of this site.
If you have somewhere to work with plants and soil, you have the opportunity to help support the health of the entire ecosystem.
Providing guidance as you engage in the process of supporting land and plants the intention of providing them with what they need to become a healthy system.
Areas of Expertise
How is this different?
Aren’t all gardens good for the environment?