Best Practices: to me this means working in a partnership with nature to create as cohesive and self sustaining a landscape as possible.
For over 20 years I have worked with the land through site specific sculptural works, landscaping and nursery work and currently with the Southern Environmental Center creating Eco Scapes. These experiential landscapes can be used to teach all who visit them about environmental issues like stormwater management, urban blight, creating habitat gardens, edible landscaping and creatively interacting with our environment.
Learning through doing is great but being a perpetual student is great as well, that is why i have taken courses like the Certificate in Native plant studies at Birmingham Botanical Gardens. There is always more to learn and sometimes i learn through teaching the basics of how to get it done and get it done well.
Arnold Rutkis graduated from The university of Connecticut in 1990 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree then went on to complete his Masters of Fine Arts from the University of New Orleans in 1994.
He has over 20 years of Landscaping experience and his unique artistic perspective assures a creative approach to your landscape issues.
If you wish to contact him by e-mail, or phone please contact him at:
Call:205 901 8600 Email:email@example.com
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Thank you for visiting stoneshovel! I would like to share some of my strengths, favorite elements of the garden and select plants so you can get a picture of a typical Garden Design. I prefer natural to manicured gardens though I think structure is very important to a garden. Over the past 8 years my appreciation of Native plants has grown and i attempt to include them as often as possible. The native plant has an advantage over many other more exotic plants in that is adapted to our climate and seasonal fluctuations. The disadvantage is that invasive have no pests or biological inhibitions and can be interlopers in our native landscapes. Working agaist this invasion and assiting native plant communities by using more native plants in my work is part of the solution. I have esperienece in nurseriy work, construction, earthmoving, some experience with agronomy on a golf course as well as with other landscapers who appreciate a variety of styles and approaches to landscaping. This gives me a good foundation from which to develop and plan projects.
In my artistic studies with sculpture i focused a good deal on what has been termed 'installation art', 'earth art' or 'environmental art' in which the land and particular qualities of the site were as important if not more so than the artists vision. Many of my stone works blend with the contours to blend in and once the plants establish there is a harmony between what i have done and how the plants interact with it.
I work hard to make the garden a bridge between my knowledge & experience, a clients needs and the site constraints or possibilities. In this way the end result is a healthy landscape for the client and a healing place within the greater whole of our environment.