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Garden #5: The Modern Ranch

Gardening by Design, Artistic Landscape Designs & Lanark Cedar have come together to create a space that is a non traditional take on a Canadian landscape. This design showcases contrasting elements from different regions. The garden transports us to an arid and dry environment showcasing succulents and synthetic cacti as some of the selected plant material, and pea stone as the main ground cover. Although it may not seem so, the entire space was designed to withstand our Canadian winters. All plants, stone products, wood and steel are commonly used in the Ottawa region today, it is just the combination of these elements that make this space unique. It is important to be reminded that there are many possibilities in terms of our outdoor space, all the while achieving a long lasting, and functional design.


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Since 1955, this family owned company has been at the cutting edge of landscape design and construction, transforming thousands of Ottawa area yards into breath taking works of art. In 1963 we started our own growing nursery to supply our landscape operations.  Due to a growing curiosity of local visitors, we felt compelled to open our nursery to the public. Company founders Mr. and Mrs. H.J. Schmitz and 4 children presided over the company from 1955 until its 50th anniversary in 2005. Since then Eva Schmitz (president) and Eckhart Schmitz (C.E.O.) have assumed leadership of the company.  Also crucial to our organization is our general Manager Mossy (Mostafa  Fallah). We gratefully acknowledge our dedicated staff for their enduring excellent service over many years.  Several have been with us for over 25 years.  

Our purpose is to educate home gardeners to produce long lasting beautiful gardens for their pleasure and enjoyment, whether the space is large or small.  This process incorporates functional and creative elements such as walks, patios, pools, ponds ect.  As in the past, we hope to continue in the educational process, which will provide you with new and stunning possibilities.


Founded in 1955 Lanark Cedar has operations in Ottawa and Carleton Place. We are a team of 12 dedicated employees. Since our inception over 60 years ago, our employees continue to build Lanark Cedar into a diverse group of performance-driven enterprises. It is through our dedicated team using the best practices to make the best products that enable us to better serve our customers. Our growth is driven by a set of consistent fundamental values through the years: • Uncompromising quality in making our products and committed service to our valued customers. • An unwavering focus on continuous improvement and innovation in our diverse businesses. • And a responsibility to make a positive difference in our communities, where we are proud to live and work, as well as to the health of the land, air and water that sustains our world.

Gardening by Design

Motivated by all design types, and love of horticulture, the GbD team strives to create innovative yet ageless designs. Our belief is that a garden is a physical reflection of individuality, lifestyle and constant transformation. For 25 years, GBD has been recognized for their extensive residential and commercial landscape designs. Their portfolio extends across Ottawa and surroundings areas, including the Greater Toronto Area. 

The team consists of 3 women; Erin, Engelina & Mary-Anne, each bringing a unique style and set of skills to every design. collaboration and drawing inspiration from outside sources is a key part of their process when designing.

"We are here to help you achieve a space that enhances your lifestyle. We believe it is important to create a unique environment that compliments its surroundings and spatial subtleties through a mindful and creative process." 

- Mary-Anne, Engelina, Erin


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