Apr 24 2017

We would like to introduce our Office Manager, Bettina Adams.  She has been with us for 6 months and has learned a great deal about landscape architecture in that short time. Bettina grew up in Southern California. She graduated from the University of Denver with a BA in Mass Communications. She worked as a catering director at a private country club in San Diego where she met her husband, Tim. They lived and homeschooled their three children in California until they decided to drive across the country to North Carolina, cruise on a sailboat down the Intracoastal Waterways, around the Keys and made Naples their home in 2014. 

 

Naples Pier 2016

 

What do you miss most about California?  Definitely my family.  I come from a close family of six kids who all still live up and down the coast with thier families.  My parents lived only 30 minutes away and we used to have Sunday dinners together.  However, it's hard not to miss the cool summer nights, too.

If you had to eat the same meal, every day for the rest of your life, what would it be? Mexican street tacos. My family and I made many road trips to Baja and the authenticity of those tacos can't be beat. 

You and your family like to travel.  What was your most memorable vacation?  Cruising on a catameran for 10 days in the BVI was probably the most memorable.  But our cruise down the ICW to Florida has some of the funniest stories.

What things do you like to do when you are not at work?  I love fitness.  I workout four times a week and I love to run.  I am very competitive.  I also enjoy shopping with my two teenage daughters, Sailor and Sirena.  My son, Cruise, keeps me busy in other ways.  He's eleven and loves to explore. He loves to bring in lizards, bugs and any type of creature he's found outside with his dog, Fin.  Both of them are usually covered in mud.  So, I am usually cleaning my house, a lot.

If you could change something about yourself what would it be?  I am a neat freak; boarderline OCD.  I'd like to be able to not have to tidy up and clean all the time.  As theraputic as it can be, it's also very exhausting.  

 Paddle boarding in Little Hickory Bay

 

Cruise, Sailor & Sirena 

 

 

 

Apr 19 2017

Celebrating Earth Day

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Earth Day was founded by US Senetor Gaylord Nelson from Wisconsin after he witnessed the devestation of a massive oil spill off the coast of Santa Barbara, California in 1969. He was inspired to organize a national "teach-in" that focused on educating the public about the environment.  The first Earth Day was on April 22, 1970 and had led to the creation of the National Environmental Protection Act signed by President Nixon.  Twenty million Americans took to the streets, including students from thousands of colleges who organized protests against the deterioration of the environment.  Over the decades more and more people from over 190 countries are now observing Earth Day. 

 

Plant A Tree

Earth Day has made us more aware of our environment and over a billion people every year do their part to keep it clean.  So celebrate Mother Earth and all she provides for us.

 

 

 

 

Mar 03 2017

Keeping Busy This Spring

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OPi is busy with landscape architecure on new home construction in Southwest Florida. Many of these residences include pools in their plans.  In the photo above, this design will feature a classical pool, with a spa and fountains surrounded by beautiful and open landscape.  Two large Ficus trees were salvaged and incorporated into the site design providing some much needed shade in Southwest Florida.

 

Boca Grande Site

Here is a sneak peak of a location in Bocca Grande with a breathtaking view.  Opi has teamed up with Safety Harbor Builders and will design an elevated pool with a graceful infinity edge as well as a spacious auto court with turf and stone paving.