April was World Landscape Architecture Month!
You’d be forgiven if you don’t share our enthusiasm… yet. In Newfoundland and Labrador, we have but a small contingent of a dozen or so landscape architects that call this place home. But make no mistake: this little group packs a big punch, working on an incredible variety of projects in public, private, and not-for-profit sectors spanning the entire province. Our work includes the usual suspects like landscape design and planting plans but vastly stretches to include less common endeavours like therapeutic gardening, beekeeping and urban farming. Chances are you’ve encountered the work of a landscape architect, whether it was a visit to Frederick Todd and Rudolf Cochius’ historic Bowring Park, or a stroll on your favourite Grand Concourse trail to more contemporary examples like The Loop, in Bannerman Park, or the Hotel Newfoundland courtyard. The work of landscape architects is all around you.
That’s the beauty of landscape architecture and the whole point of World Landscape Architecture month; to recognize and celebrate landscape architecture and the many unique spaces that landscape architects design. We’re trying to promote and spread the word about this humble profession, one that is still growing and emerging nationwide and around the world. And it really is a profession worth celebrating. Landscape architects work to create thriving communities, protect and restore natural environments, and preserve and present local culture. It’s a profession that provides plenty of opportunity for artistic expression and creativity, at the same time demanding the mastery of a broad range of technical skills. But perhaps most importantly, it’s a profession dedicated at its root to people, striving above all else to create amazing places for all of us to live, work and play. Isn’t that something worth celebrating?
To find out more about landscape architecture or World Landscape Architecture Month, we invite you to reach out to either of us at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
You can also check out #WLAM2016 on your favourite social media network.