Cultural diversity and inclusiveness are distinctive qualities that make Canada shine! A nod to the designers heritage and the birthplace of cool mid-century modern style, this Scandinavian-chic front yard display is right at home in trendy Canadian neighbourhoods where space is limited. Clean lines, smooth masonry and an eye catching colour palette punctuates this contemporary garden plan. The vintage chairs and large planters equipped with native trees give an air of casual sophistication to the space. A front yard chevron patio and sumptuous plantings perfect for morning coffee, this exhibit offers some surprises not shown, come and see in person!
Landscape Designer, Certified Horticulturist, Photographer, Artist, Writer
Award-winning landscape designer Melanie Rekola had been has been making backyard dreams reality since 2001. A born artist, educated and practiced in numerous design disciplines, she takes much of her design cues from the beauty of nature itself! A tremendous love and respect for all things living permeates everything she does.
Her lust for landscape originated early in life while growing up on a 100+ acreage of rolling hills and forests, but she came to design by way of the fashion trade. Armed with both a passion for plants coupled with love of great design she began her landscape design education at the University of Guelph. Since then, her thirst for knowledge drives her to continuously develop and update her industry education. Now with the practical knowledge that over 15 years’ experience brings, and hundreds of successful projects complete, it ensures her designs look beautiful beyond the plan. They also look gorgeous when planted!
Melanie has become a well-known designer and respected garden writer/photographer regularly featured in several area, national and online magazines. Published works include: Pools, Spas and Patio magazine, Our Homes magazine, The Globe and Mail, Canadian Gardening and more.
Inspired by the clean lines and modern natural ethic of her Scandinavian heritage, Melanie spends her free time exploring the many nearby forests of Central Ontario with her beloved beagle in tow. She also spreads her high-spirited and naturally creative soul across variety of art forms. Melanie whole heartedly adores her chosen living and is one of the lucky few to have found their life’s passion.