As designers, you have probably experienced “dream projects” and a few “nightmare projects” as well. Often the difference between the two is effective communication – or the lack of it – between the designer and the landscape contractor. With adequate planning and careful communication, challenges are addressed in a timely and cost-effective manner and other problems are avoided altogether.
Join ELA and our panel of landscape professionals for an enlightening discussion on how to improve communications with landscape contractors. By developing effective designer-contractor partnerships, you could reduce your stress this season and improve your bottom line.
Geovani Aguilar is the Co-CEO of A Yard & A Half, a landscape firm that is an employee-owned cooperative. Working closely with A Yard & A Half’s design partners, Geovani provides support on site assessment, gives technical advice on construction methods and materials, and ensures continuity from initial design concepts through completed installation. He often calls on his extensive knowledge in pond building, tree climbing, rock wall building and lighting. Geovani is certified by ICPI as a concrete paver installer, and certified by NCMA as a segmental retaining wall installer. He is a Trustee on the ELA Board of Directors, providing a bridge between sustainable design and environmentally-sensitive installation.
Seth Berman owns and operates a full service landscape company and has more than 20 years of experience creating, installing and maintaining landscapes for residential customers. Using sustainable, organic practices, and high quality materials, Seth creates eco-friendly landscapes and shares gardening expertise with clients throughout Cambridge, Boston, and the surrounding communities. Seth holds a BS in Landscape Horticulture from Ohio State University, is a NOFA Accredited Organic Land Care Professional, and a Massachusetts Certified Horticulturist.
Christie Dustman is a nationally certified landscape designer. Her study of creative design, expert pruning, and garden maintenance includes training from The Landscape Institute at the Boston Architectural College, UMass Extension’s Green school, and countless educational seminars. Coupled with her gardening passion, she has grown Christie Dustman & Company into an award-winning firm that values innovative design, practical solutions, superior plants and expert plant care. Christie has a gift for keen listening and tailors every project to the needs and taste of her clients. She holds the following certifications: APLD, MCH, MCLP, AOLCP.