I am re-posting this article about the benefits of hiring a landscape designer directly from the APLD (Association of Professional Landscape Designers) website. I found this article to be very informative and spot on.
Why Hire a Designer?
Hiring a professional landscape designer could be one of the smartest investment decisions you’ll ever make. Designers trained and qualified in the principles of garden design and horticulture can help their clients avoid the costly mistakes that can turn the dream of an outdoor haven into a landscape nightmare. Professional landscape designers are skilled practitioners of fundamental design concepts – proportion, unity, balance, perspective, color, texture – that can bring about a fully integrated design. They have a comprehensive knowledge of plants so that you get the right plant that grows to the right size for the right place in your garden. They are skilled communicators and planners who work with contractors, vendors, local governments and others to complete successful projects. Professional landscape designers are also aware of our natural environment and promote sustainable practices whenever possible. They are inspired by the creative process, by great design, and most of all, by their clients’ needs, wants and dreams. To find a designer, enter your zip code in the “Find A Designer” tool on the left hand side of this page.
For more information or to find a landscape designer near you, check out their website: WWW.APLD.ORG
While you are there, go ahead and take a peek at our Matthew Murrey Design member page! http://apld.org/?p=find-member&member_id=104904