As a design student, I gravitated toward the design principle that ‘form follows function.’ This concept was the reason I started in landscape deign. I felt that the definition of the Canadian garden didn’t fit with what I envisioned for my own backyard. Instead of installing the traditional perennials and shrubs flowerbeds, I wanted a space that was lifestyle appropriate and in my case, that was a backyard designed for living in instead of a collection of blooms.
At the time, no one was talking about these types of renovations and that became the start of the ‘low-maintenance’ era of gardening. Enough homeowners agreed with my vision and this launched into my first television series ‘Room to Grow,’ and the start of my media career. This idea that our gardens change because our lifestyles evolve still speaks loudly to me.