eff Minnich Garden Design, Inc. is based in Arlington, Virginia. Most of my work is in the immediate area surrounding Arlington, VA though I occasionally accept commissions outside this area. My firm concentrates on the process required to design and build gardens. I take the client from initial design concept through the completed garden project. The firm sub-contracts the landscape installation only through reputable, talented craftsmen whose work I know well. To provide the highest level of quality and involvement, I manage the entire process and only accept a limited number of commissions each season.
I am a landscape designer and horticulturist. I depend on the beauty of natural materials and the wonderful diversity of the world of plants when I design gardens. Additionally, my extensive travels give me a fresh perspective on how the rest of the world creates gardens. I bring many ideas home and try to incorporate them into the gardens I design.
My aim is to create a haven for my clients—an integration of indoor and outdoor living—a refuge that reflects who you are and a place where you can truly be yourself. My gardens concentrate on texture, color and materials which enhance the senses. I use the “outdoor room” concept to divide the garden into distinct, functional spaces. My work is most often rustic and woodsy, with a sense of order, progression and natural beauty.
To accomplish all this, the relationship between designer and client is the most important aspect of the process. We collaborate with a balance of energy, focus and desired outcome to achieve your goals in the design. We accompany each other on an exciting journey of creativity. My experience and my clients tell me that when there is mutual desire, passion and camaraderie between the designer and client we achieve the ultimate objectives: joy in the process, visual and sensual stimulation in the garden, functionality in the design and a strong, mutual sense of accomplishment—the satisfaction that “we did this together!”
The only way the highest creativity can occur is through our understanding of each other. Now you know why we must give each other the space, and time, to create. A beautiful garden doesn’t happen overnight. You must be open to the idea of indulging yourself in the time it takes us to create our masterpiece together.