HOW WE WORK
P L A N T S + P E O P L E designs for, and consults on, a wide variety of projects ranging from small urban gardens to farms and commercial properties in the Memphis area.
- We believe gardens are for living in, so our design approach is personalized to each individual clients’ needs and their specific sites. We work to integrate clients’ desires with the assets and constraints of their location. While our design is site driven, we prefer open dialog with the client—working together to realize the design intent.
We view each garden as a living system, meaning all elements are given a level of attention to detail necessary to ensure that as the garden grows and changes it can be reasonably maintained and enjoyed for years to come. Also, our systems design approach ensures that each part of the whole, complete design is striving to be in harmony with the people, land and buildings it associates with.
We personally oversee the entirety of each project, working with contractors, installers, and maintenance crews to ensure the vision is brought to life. We feel very strongly about this part and can’t guarantee the success of a design if we are not collaborating with the installers and maintenance crew every step of the way. We do this because not all installers agree with our Number 1 rule for a successful planted environment: "It’s better to plant a 50cent plant in a $5 hole, than a $5 plant in a 50 cent hole." No matter how great the design is, if the plants are not well planted (or well cared for) – planted at the right height, in a sufficiently sized hole, and in the correct soil preparation – then the resulting green space will not thrive. This cannot be overstated! In fact, we won't design a project if the client refuses an install management package from us and a maintenance package from the installer. All designs need a skilled install team and continued fostering.
P L A N T S + P E O P L E is an education, consulting and design studio. We offer a range of services from a one-time consultation, full design packages, as well as educational lectures and workshops on a variety of horticultural and ecological topics. We also offer consulting services for large scale, longer term projects.
Choices: Memphis Center For Reproductive Health
Central Station Project – Kemmons Wilson
Crosstown Concourse – Crosstown Development
MMDC: Memphis Medical District Collaborative
Memphis Botanic Garden