Mar 03 2017

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. 

 
 
Feb 23 2017

Late winter or early spring is a busy time in the garden and pruning is one of those much needed chores.  Pruning at the wrong time of year causes failure to bloom.  Plants should be pruned when they are in their dormant or resting period.  This way cuts have a long time in which to heal before the following winter.  Another advantage is leaves are not present this time of year and it is easier to see what you are doing.  Also, pruning at the proper time can avoid certain disease and physiological problems. Keep in mind, that there are a few exceptions to this rule.  Plants that flower in the spring from buds made the pervious season should be pruned as soon after thier blossom period.

Here is a guide for pruning correctly...

Pruning

Feb 20 2017

Did you know Thomas Jefferson was a landscape designer?  Yes, the principal author of the Declaration of Independence and the third president of the United States was also a pioneer in American landscape architecture.  Jefferson designed the Gardens of Monticello for his plantation Monticello near Charlottesville, Virginia.  Most of his ideas were his own, but he gathered materials from travelers from all over the United States and other countries.   

The Pavilion

Jefferson was also known for creating the masterplan for the campus of the University of Virginia.  His original architectual design revolves around the Academical Village which remains in use today.  But his greatest impact he had within the ladscaping world was his advocacy of the grid for the subdivision of territory and for rational town planning.