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PEOPLE // Southern Georgian Bay // Green with Envy

May 22, 2019 | PHOTOGRAPHY BY BONNIE FOX

Spring 2019 // These 10 businesses can add a pop to your outdoor space.

A version of this article originally appeared in the Spring 2019 issue of  OUR HOMES Southern Georgian Bay, p.46. Find local businesses in our Southern Georgian Bay directory.
Step outside into a garden that takes all your cares away! These home and garden experts from in and around Southern Georgian Bay are showing us some of their best work and can make your outdoor space stand out in your neighbourhood.

MATT CIVIERO
 
I’m inspired to create lasting landscapes for amazing clients. I’m inspired by warm summer days that will soon be here. I’m inspired to spend quality time outdoors with friends and family.
 
AT WORK
Who Inspires You: My wife Kate, a glass artist, who never ceases to amaze me with her creativity and craftsmanship. 2019 Trend: Simplified spaces, weeding out clutter and really focusing on how you use a space and who you use it with. DIY Trick: Create a master plan for your landscape project, even if you build it in stages. Colour Of The Year: When it comes to plants, you can never go wrong with green, it’s all about combining different hues and textures.
 
AT HOME
Favourite Tree: Acer griseum or paperbark maple. Outdoor Exercise: European football. Money-No-Object Addition: School-style gymnasium. Best Vacation: Visiting family in Italy.

JESSICA LADLY
 
I get inspired by colours and textures. I love all the different forms and shapes of the plants that I work with and enjoy using their natural habits to create colourful and unique combinations.
 
AT WORK
Inspiration: My parents. Their passion for growing, their willingness to learn and their dedication to each other and their business is amazing! 2019 Trend: Eco Pots made from recycled plastic. DIY Trick: Recycle clean wooden pallets as vertical herb gardens. Colour Of The Year: Coral.
 
AT HOME
Favourite Tree: Sugar maples. Outdoor Exercise: Hiking. Money-No-Object Addition: Update the greenhouse structures and add beautiful show gardens. Best Vacation: Our family trips to Florida.
LUKE WILLIAMS
 
Our incredible clients for this project wanted a California-style outdoor space, built to last on their Georgian Bay beachfront location. We used a palette of bright and durable materials constructed to achieve a long-lasting resort atmosphere.
 
AT WORK
Inspiration: Creative and innovative use of materials. 2019 Trend: Real wood decking products with a 30 or even 50-year warranty against rot. DIY Trick: Invest in quality outdoor materials that are durable in our harsh climate and build it to last. Colour Of The Year: Hopefully lots of sky blue.
 
AT HOME
Favourite Tree: Tough to pick one, but I love blue beech. Outdoor Exercise: Building landscapes. Money-No-Object Addition: Natural swimming pool. Best Vacation: Spending time with my family around our future dream natural swimming pool!

HEIDI EHLERS
 
To know that someone came up with the idea to use moss, ferns and living plants to create indoor vertical gardens inspires me every day. That’s creativity – seeing the familiar in unfamiliar ways.
 
AT WORK
Who Inspires You: My parents and their commitment to excellence, their courage and their perseverance. 2019 Trend: Big, dramatic, graphic plants and green as an integral part of décor and interior design, indoors and out. DIY Trick: Less is more. Less watering. Less fussing. Colour Of The Year: Green. Love.
 
AT HOME
Favourite Tree: Can’t pick just one, palo verde, birch, poplar, larch, beech, olive and cypress. Outdoor Exercise: Hiking with friends with dogs. Money-No-Object Addition: Easy – a greenhouse. Best Vacation: The desert.

PETER OOSTERHOFF
 
Spring is here, so bring your ideas to us. With 23 years’ experience in hardscaping, water features, natural and precast patios, fire pits and pools we can turn those ideas into the garden that you’ve always wanted.
 
AT WORK
Inspiration: The passion that happens at the end of a project and seeing how it all came together. 2019 Trend: Pools. DIY Trick: If you don’t have a level, use a half glass of water on a two-by-four. Colour Of The Year: Benjamin Moore’s Black Horizon.
 
AT HOME
Favourite Tree: Maple. Outdoor Exercise: Walking the dogs. Money-No-Object Addition: All the bells and whistles outdoor kitchen. Best Vacation: An 1,800 km Ski-Doo trip from Sudbury to Timmons to Wawa.
 

RYAN KNIGHT
 
The Beaver Homes and Cottages Book offers many exciting plans for your dream retreat. Guaranteed pricing on the materials is an added benefit. Pick out your favourite plan and we will help make it a reality.
 
AT WORK
Inspiration: The seven generations of the Knights family who have worked in this business. 2019 Building Trend: The combination of stone, wood and steel to finish the exterior of your build. DIY Trick: When opening a package of zip ties, don’t cut off the top of the bag. Cut a slit in the middle of the bag and they won’t fall out. Colour Of The Year: Benjamin Moore’s Raccoon Fur.
 
AT HOME
Favourite Tree: Oak. Outdoor Exercise: Frisbee. Money-No-Object Addition: Outdoor cooking centre. Best Vacation: Staycation!

DARLENE & KEVIN HACKSON
 
We love the outdoors and creating spaces where our clients, their friends and family can enjoy nature in a beautiful setting. Every project is an opportunity to share our love of the outdoors by building the perfect space you’ll enjoy for years and years.
 
AT WORK
Inspiration: Our passion for working outdoors. 2019 Trend: Staycations in your own perfect backyard. DIY Trick: Use steak knives to get the perfect edge to your garden beds. Colour Of The Year: Benjamin Moore’s Clear Skies.
 
AT HOME
Favourite Tree: Linden. We even named our son after it. Outdoor Exercise: Doing what we love, working! Money-No-Object Addition: Professional outdoor ice rink. Best Vacation: Camping under the stars by a lake, with the whole family.

GREG WILKINS
 
This photo shows how we take unused or problem areas and make them into spaces that allow people to get out and enjoy their land. From learning about building lots, creating trails for all seasons and reclaiming overgrown land, we can help you utilize your land to its full potential.
 
AT WORK
Inspiration: My Dad. He passed away three years ago and every day I see what he did for me and I strive to do the same for my children. 2019 Trend: Take back land from invasive species. DIY Trick: Put the chainsaw away and call us. Colour Of The Year: Slate grey.
 
AT HOME
Favourite Tree: The lilac. It is quintessential rural Ontario and reminds me that spring is finally here and summer is just around the corner. Outdoor Exercise: Hiking through our trails on our family farm with the kids. Money-No-Object Addition: Buy more land. Best Vacation: Spontaneous summer beach days on the bay, right here in Grey County.

WILHELM & SILKE BOKER
 
Our photo shows that we can install light fixtures that brighten up your pathways and patios and also showcase your home.
 
AT WORK
Inspiration: We are a solution-based business, so we love a challenge. 2019 Trend: Electric car charging stations. DIY Trick: Instead of bagging grass clippings, use it as a mulch for your vegetable garden. Clippings keep the weeds down, the soil moist and fertilize your garden. Colour Of The Year: Our business colours, blue and green.
 
AT HOME
Favourite Trees: Silke: Birch. Wilhelm: Cedar. Outdoor Exercise: Silke: Gardening. Wilhelm: Cutting wood. Money-No-Object Addition: A greenhouse or sunroom. Best Vacation: The Grand Canyon.

MARK HIGGINSON
 
This project in the photo engulfed all of my favourite design elements. We integrated natural materials onto a site with an interesting grade. All the natural plantings and the forest backdrop soften this home’s new landscape.
 
AT WORK
What Inspires You: Challenging sites. Trending This Year: Low-maintenance native plant material.
DIY Trick: Duck tape and PL Premium adhesive can fix just about anything. Colour Of The Year: Black.
 
AT HOME
Favourite Tree: The apple tree on my front lawn is a great place for my bird feeders. Outdoor Exercise: Walking our huskies. Money-No-Object Addition: A big new shop. Best Vacation: Fishing trip to Quebec.
 

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