Always remember that the future comes one day at a time. -Dean Acheson
I don't know who Dean Acheson is. I suppose I could take a moment to google him, but honestly, I'm more committed to getting these thoughts down than doing that right now. I've been looking at this quote for almost a year. How do I know it's been that long?
It's on the spine of the April 2013 real simple magazine, smack dab in the middle of the pile of plant catalogs, trade magazines, and other snippets of inspiration I've stock piled by my design computer. The light from my window highlights it nicely, and I think subconsciously I've been absorbing this message for all it's worth.
Most of you know that here at Arcadia Gardens, we aren't truly a full service landscape company: we've chosen not to offer lawn mowing or snow plowing, instead focusing our efforts on providing the very best design, installation and maintenance service we know how. We use our "down time", roughly 3 months from December 15-March 15, to grow our company and ourselves physically and mentally. We develop systems, review procedures, attend tradeshows, source new products, research trends, repair equipment, and take a long vacation together as a family. This year, Todd and I have focused on education and certification. He will be obtaining a State of Michigan Builder's License for the company, and I am preparing to become a Michigan Certified Landscape Designer. We will both sit for the Certified Green Industry Provider Landscape Contractor & Landscape Manager exams. This license and these certifications aren't required to be a landscape contractor or designer in the State of Michigan, but we feel that obtaining them is a valuable asset to both our company and our clients.
Personally, I have been developing my portfolio as a designer. I will be serving as president of the Michigan Chapter of the Association of Professional Landscape Designers, recently published an interesting account of a local Frank Lloyd Wright remodel project, and shared my thoughts on working with a landscape designer on WSJM 1400 & 94.9 FM's Let's Talk Real Estate.
One project at a time, one day at a time... we're working on making our future great!
Our good friends Paul & Becky Heaps over at Realty Executives Pro Brokers have a weekly radio show, Let's Talk Real Estate on WSJM AM 1400 & FM 94.9. Guess who's talking real estate with them tomorrow (1/28/14) from 6-7pm?! Yup, yours truly...better put dinner on hold, dear.
I'll be discussing steps to take to get your landscape ready if you're listing your home, as well as current trends and the value a professionally designed/installed landscape can add to your real estate investment. It promises to be a riveting conversation...please tune in!
You can listen to live to WSJM here, or if you're catching this too late, I'll post the podcast when it's ready.
2/1/14 UPdated to add audio:
Anna and her husband Todd own Arcadia Gardens, LLC a Stevensville, MI based landscape design and build company. Her degree in Horticulture with a focus on landscape management from Michigan State University allows Anna to select plants specific to on-site conditions and with maintenance requirements that suit the client's needs. She is comfortable designing across a range of styles- from contemporary to classic- and makes a point to include the client's input throughout the design process. She is an active member of the Association of Professional Landscape Designers and is serving as 2014 President of the APLD-Michigan Chapter. Anna has recently contributed to media such as "The Designer" and Gardendesign.com and is qualified to speak on a variety of topics from landscape design and maintenance to addressing local garden clubs and organizations.
PO Box 88
Stevensville, MI 49127