Barbara Schmidt Landscape Design Inc.  

Landscape Designer & Garden Consultant

P.O. Box 285
Hansville, WA 98340

Serving Bainbridge Island, Belfair, Bremerton, Edmonds, Gig Harbor, Kingston, Ollala, Poulsbo, Port Ludlow, Port Orchard, Seabeck, Silverdale, and Kitsap, Mason, Pierce, Jefferson, And King Counties

 206.842.1314
360.638.1211
bschmidt@barbaraschmidt.com

 


 




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"Helping you achieve the landscape you want through creative design and consultation."

About Barbara Schmidt
 As a designer I respect and strive to preserve the natural attributes of our gardens. I plan landscape gardens to work  with, rather than against nature. Harmony between the natural and man-made elements of our environments makes the most natural landscape garden.

* I have over 30 years of hands on experience in horticulture and landscape design.

* Self-employed and serving contractors and homeowners in the Puget Sound area since 1978.

* Associates degree in horticulture and landscape design from South Seattle Community College.

* Washington State Certified Landscaper and Nursery Professional (Lifetime Certification).

* Graduate of the Master Gardeners Program.

I have many design/build projects to my credit that I am very proud of. References are available.

Design

What is Landscape Design?

A landscape design is a garden tool. It is a tool to eliminate the typical mistakes made in an unplanned garden. Mistakes can be both costly and time consuming to correct. The design and horticulture problems of a new garden should be solved before difficult soil work begins.

How is the design developed?

A landscape design is developed by understanding how the garden will be used.

I recognize that you and your property have unique needs and you may already have a tentative image of what a landscape garden should be. That image may be a very private garden for retreat and relaxation or a barbecue pit and a sport court to entertain family and friends.

You may envision your property as a wildlife refuge with meadows, woods and wetlands or as a bountiful garden yielding fruits vegetables and cut flowers throughout the year.

If your property is large enough it may be possible to have all of the above.

My goal is to define your needs and then translate them into a workable landscape design for you.

The Process

A successful landscape design is achieved through a flexible and creative design process.

As your landscape designer I will help you choose the landscape procedures best suited to your needs.

You may require a blueprint design with plant and material list which may be handed to a landscape contractor for bids and estimates. Or, we may begin on an hourly consultation basis with directions and instructions that will allow you to be as self-reliant as you choose to be.

I will recommend responsible landscape contractors, find the best topsoil and the right tractor-tiller man. If you need me I will follow through to the final mulching. In short, I will participate at whatever level you and your landscape garden require.

As an independent business person I can freely be your ally and advocate, helping you achieve the landscape garden you want through creative design and consultation.

Design & Consultation Services

The services I provide are:

Affordable Landscape Consultation with a ‘Twist’

* Solving landscape design and horticulture problems at your home on an hourly basis.
* The ‘twist’ …… Before consultation I’ll ask you to prepare a plot map of your property. 
* I’ll send you easy instructions on how to prepare the plot map.
* When we meet at your home, we’ll begin by walking your property, exchanging ideas, solving problems. This is your garden not mine, so I will listen carefully to your ideas.
* After our walk around we’ll go into your home and sit down together with your plot map.  I’ll put tracing paper over the map and apply-draw the ideas we have generated outside. 
* Working together, proofing my work with you by my side, approximately 3 to 6 hours total, you will have an affordable pencil drawn landscape design showing bed lines, hard surfaces, trees and shrubs. A design that you may install yourself or give to contractors for estimates and bids, an affordable personal way to achieve the landscape you want. 

* Solving landscape design and horticulture problems at your home on an hourly basis.

Landscape Design Process

     * After an initial garden consultation I will give an estimate of the cost of a landscape design.
     *  The actual design begins with measuring and evaluation of the site.
     *  Consultation with the client is essential as the design progresses.
     * At the half way point in the design process a rough draft and preliminary plant list are presented for review and revision and a revaluation of cost of the finished design is discussed.
     * Upon completion of a landscape design, the client is presented with three detailed scaled CAD {Computer Aided Design} drawings. A plant list with botanical and common names, quantities and sizes of trees, shrubs, and hard surfaces are specified in the design.

Design Management

     *Supervision of construction and installation.

Reviews

Review 1

Rated: Five Stars  (Google) 

Great Vendor for a Fun Part of Any Project

We built a new house on the shores of Puget Sound in 2008. Barbara provided a comprehensive landscape design. Our goal was to have a beautiful yard (that didn't require a huge amount of upkeep). Barbara certainly delivered! Our yard looks great year round. It was so nice to work with someone who has the knowledge and talent to incorporate our needs into a cohesive finished product. We'll use Barbara again!!

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Review 2

Rated: Five Stars  (Google) 

She's the best!

We met Barbara 16 years ago when we bought a house that was in desperate need of landscaping and we were clueless about how to proceed. We interviewed several landscapers, and found that we immediately clicked with Barbara. She observes and listens carefully and tailors her design very specifically to your tastes and needs. We were delighted with the end product...a lovely garden that looks and feels comfortable and natural and that shows itself off subtly and gracefully no matter what the season. Over the years, we have continued to seek Barbara's advice now and again. She knows plants so well: how they will look in your yard, where to get them, where to place them, what ails them, how to better care for them, and what's new. And perhaps more importantly, she knows how to help you enjoy your garden, experiment, and really make it your own. Barbara is such a bright person and easy to work with. She's always responsible and responsive to your needs. We have been delighted with Barbara's services and with her personally. And when we build our retirement home, it will have a Barbara Schmidt garden too!

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Review 3

Rated: Five Stars  (Google) 

The Finishing Touch for New Construction!

 We are continually impressed with the work of Barbara Schmidt. Her sense of balance and flow in the garden is evident in how pleasing the plantings are to look at and move through. Perhaps most important to our home building business, is Barbara's exquisite understanding of the landscape as an extension of house design. She is also a comlpete joy to work with! We feel fortunate to count her as a trusted and generous business associate!

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Review 4

Rated: Five Stars  (Google) 

Will exceed your expectations.

 We have had the pleasure of working with Barbara on a series of projects that are transforming and updating the look of our home and our 2 1/2 acre Bainbridge Island property. Barbara is not only a knowledgeable horticulturist with a creative eye, she has the unique ability to give words and form to our ideas, even when they are not fully formed in our own minds. Barbara is friendly, professional and always accessible, even when a project is "complete". As the years go by and our yard matures and becomes more and more beautiful, our certainty that working with Barbara is invaluable also grows. I would recommend her to anyone, and can guarantee that the work will exceed your expectations.

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Review 5

Rated: Five Stars  (Google) 

Barbara Schmidt is the best for Kitsap County

Barbara has an office in Hansville, WA, but has planned and installed beautiful residential and commercial gardens throughout Kitsap County for years. We met Barbara when we were building our home in Poulsbo in 1999, as she was highly recommended by a local nursery. The half acre site was nothing but a sea of mud at the time. Instead of pressuring us into a more expensive full installation (which other people had tried, and which we couldn't afford), Barbara created a detailed plan based on our requests ( we didn't know much) and her numerous recommendations, showing the name of EVERY plant, and exactly where to put it. We had help with creating the raised beds, stone wall, and fencing, but were able to install all the plants and trees ourselves. Not only did Barbara listen to us, she saved us a lot of mistakes if we had tried to do it on our own, and saved us a ton of money. Over the years, Barbara has continued to be a source of advice and inspiration whenever we need it. She is generous with her time, and always has great suggestions. If you are considering installing a new garden or just rejuvenating an older one, I couldn't recommend anyone more than Barbara Schmidt. You will love working with her. Even now, complete strangers stop on the street to comment on our beautiful garden, and it always reminds me of Barbara, and our debt of gratitude to her.

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Review 6

Rated: Five Stars  (Google) 

My private garden. Thank you Barbara Schmidt.

I found Barbara through my sister. She had used Barbara over the years to develop her gardens. I was very impressed on the way Barbara was able to implement my sister's vision into the garden design. I too had a vision of a very private garden with a Japanese theme. Over a couple of meetings, Barbara presented a blue print of my vision. She nailed it! I have had many people stop their cars or pause on their walks and express their enjoyment of looking in at the gardens. I would never trust anyone other than Barbara with my garden.

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Review 7

Rated: Five Stars  (Google) 

We love working with Barbara Schmidt

When we first met Barbara we had a hodge podge front yard and an undeveloped back yard.We spent a good deal of time discussing the best way to go forward with our yards. For our front yard she and I decided we would enhance what was already planted; she sketched out a lovely design on the spot working with old and new plants, and over the years we have developed a front yard that is quite lovely. In the back, she drew us a detailed plan for a patio hillside plantings that is stunning. Barbara has a vast knowledge of plants, a good eye, and is extremely easy to work with. We have a construction business and have recommended her to many customers. Ginni and Rick Blumenthal garden that looks and feels comfortable and natural and that shows itself off subtly and gracefully no matter what the season. Over the years, we have continued to seek Barbara's advice now and again. She knows plants so well: how they will look in your yard, where to get them, where to place them, what ails them, how to better care for them, and what's new. And perhaps more importantly, she knows how to help you enjoy your garden, experiment, and really make it your own. Barbara is such a bright person and easy to work with. She's always responsible and responsive to your needs. We have been delighted with Barbara's services and with her personally. And when we build our retirement home, it will have a Barbara Schmidt garden too!

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Review 8

Rated: Five Stars  (Google) 

The Finishing Touch for New Construction!

 We are continually impressed with the work of Barbara Schmidt. Her sense of balance and flow in the garden is evident in how pleasing the plantings are to look at and move through. Perhaps most important to our home building business, is Barbara's exquisite understanding of the landscape as an extension of house design. She is also a comlpete joy to work with! We feel fortunate to count her as a trusted and generous business associate!

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Review 9

Rated: Five Stars  (Google) 

Landscape artistry with committment to business excellence.

 One might think I'm prejudiced in writing this, because Barbara Schmidt is my sister, and being a family member, I have received much valuable advice from her 'on the house'. However, I can honesty attest that I have proudly watched her pursue her vocation for over 30 years and I know how committed she is to creating an excellent experience for her clients as well as bringing artistry and knowledge acquired over years of practical experience to each new project that she undertakes. If you are looking for a wonderful combination of spacial vision, horticultural knowledge and a very accessible and friendly consultation and business experience, Barbara Schmidt should be your first choice. ~ Janie Comito

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Review 9

Rated: Five Stars  (Google) 

Thank you, Barbara for my beautiful garden!

I first met the exuberant, talented Barbara Schmidt in 2001 at our new home in Poulsbo. I'd never really had a garden before. Barbara spent many hours meeting with me and my husband asking questions, discovering what we liked (colors, scents, textures) making suggestions, discussing budget, then drawing up the plans and enlisting the services of Pat Knight to do the planting. Over the years, Barbara has come back in different seasons to help me evaluate, include new plants, oversee my pruning and maintenance efforts and two years ago mastermind the addition of a rock wall and walk way. My garden is a source of great joy for me. I call or e mail Barbara often to thank her and share my excitement when plants bloom. Barbara listens, encourages, freely shares her experience and knowledge; she is a wonderful patient teacher. I cannot more highly recommend her expertise and services.

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My telephone number is 1 (360) 638-1211."