I started this business to keep my dog alive.
My New England landscaping skills were tropically challenged when employment relocation brought us to Southwest Florida. After decades of landscape design on Boston’s north shore I was now a year-round resident in USDA Zone 10, an alternate universe of tropical plants and all the creepy crawly things that go with them.
I was homesick for my garden yet happy to be living three floors above grass so deep and thick that it camouflages many things, most of all, snakes. Baby snakes, long snakes, good snakes, bad snakes- they are all out there waiting for me to step in that grass. My husband told me I’d feel better if I bought a plant and some soil and made my own garden, and he was right. Unable to stop at one plant, I created my tropical lanai landscape. It was beautiful and I was happy…until the bugs came. Mealy bugs, aphids, spider mites, some weird curly-cue worms. What?? How?? @%#*&! We are totally screened in, how can this happen? I can grow anything, I am not giving up! And thus began my evil partnership with the mass murderers that are pesticides.
One day, as I put on my eye protection and my rubber gloves, I looked behind me on the lanai and there was my beloved Boston, Mimi. What would these poisons do to this sweet thing? And that was the end of that.
Delving in, I discovered that all the major theme parks use artificial plants in some form. Seriously? One supplier told me “when people dump their drinks or get off a ride and throw up in the planters, you think those are real?” Hmmm. After months of research on materials, UV ratings, cement bases , buying sample plants and making all sorts of trials and errors on what works and what doesn’t, I am ready to save pets, homeowners, businesses and seasonal resident from the perils and aggravation of lanai landscaping. No schlepping the watering can, no picking flower petals off the deck, no pruning, and best of all, no pesticides. Done!
All of the beauty, none of the bother.