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Design Philosophy

I have worked extensively in the field of horticulture, in Tucson Arizona, for over 25 years. My early beginnings , first as a commercial grower for retail nurseries , resorts and private residences ,led me to designing  entryways and public areas for these same properties. I believe the experience of adorning vacation destinations has added a dimension to my designs , incorporating luxury within the parameters of the specific structural design. I believe that where we reside, or spend our time, has a unique flavor and the very place a structure sits offers  clear suggestions to the designers eye. I am dedicated to building a successful partnership between the client and myself so we together can give life to the aesthetics of the site and create the desired amenities. My design portfolio includes the use of water harvesting systems, both water capture from the roof and the use of retention basins and swales. I have designed landscapes which incorporate plants and features which attract birds, and other desired wildlife, as well as plantings which detract animals harmful to the landscapes. I have also designed, and been involved in completing,both major refreshers of past landscapes, large and small, as well as new home construction projects. I have extensive plant knowledge and long term experience with plant materials, especially those which are suitable to our desert climate and possess long term beauty and sustainability. In Tucson we are fortunate to have year round access to our outdoor spaces and I am, ,above all else, dedicated to providing the absolute enjoyment and best use of that space.

Design Process

The initial meeting with the client will be an informal meeting to gather information on the landscaping goals of the client, a budget , and the suitability of the designer in meeting those goals. I will present my resume and portfolio as well as personal testimonies from past clients. We will then go over the site to determine the physical perimeters and make note of any concerns or hopes for the use of the space. This is a good opportunity to share ideas concerning the client’s vision for the overall design, as all of these factors will be incorporated into the design process. Once we have established that you, the client, would like to enlist my design services we will begin the process. A contract of fees and services will be provided, and upon the signing and down payment paid, I will make an appointment to begin measuring and recording the existing perimeters of the site. This is called a base map and is the foundation for all of the design concepts to follow. Our next meeting will be to present a general outline, of one or two very basic and broad design choices ,and this is the time we can fine tune the design. This dialogue will help us to meet our goal of presenting the final design upon our next meeting. Once the final design plan is accepted by the client, it is the time to discuss how the design will be implemented. It can be installed in totality or in phases, according to the inclination of the client. Another service offered is consulting on an existing landscape and simply providing some professional advice without the need for a detailed plan. I also may be hired on an hourly basis, as an agent for the client, throughout the overall construction process, to insure the integrity of the design is being fulfilled. Each project will have unique and specific needs and we can discuss the capacity of my involvement in the construction process. I will at this time, if requested , recommend several licensed contractors for the client to interview for the installation of the landscape.


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I cannot say enough about this beautiful yard you have created for us. Without exception,every single time we we walk into the back yard, both my husband and I marvel at the beauty and the feeling of calm it evokes. This indeed is our paradise! When we began our design consultation,I had asked you to create a haven for the hummingbirds and butterflies,and for us. The design needed a bit of whimsy and fun to reflect the character of our historic, Spanish eclectic home.You did that! And the results are so much better than we expected! I especiallly appriciated your attention to detail and getting the right people to work on our project.Every suggestion was met with a successful outcome!The whole process was also simple, because you clearly outlined the steps and kept everything in motion.All with a gentle touch and a smile! The yard is the envy of the neighborhood now. Thank you for providing us with this oasis in the desert. Most sincerely,
Susan Abbott Peters
We found Wendy King to be great to work with. Our backyard was just dirt and although I had a few ideas of what I wanted, I found it all so overwhelming. She came up with a landscape plan that we really liked, had some great suggestions. She suggested great workers for us and In no time at all we were sitting out back enjoying our yard. All our plants have grown and we're enjoying our cool deck so much.
Diana Osgood


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