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Soul Gardens: Landscapes with Nature
While it can take many of us years of contemplation after high school to decide what profession we want to enter, the decision was a quick and easy one for Soul Gardens owner Sarah MacCrimmon. She studied landscape design and horticulture immediately following high school and has a total of nine years experience in the industry.
“I have a lot of ideas and drive,” MacCrimmon said. “I’m really motivated.”
So motivated, in fact, that she dreamed up Soul Gardens while tree planting. Her business ideas percolated throughout the workday and come nightfall, while exhausted and sleepy, she summoned the energy to write down those ideas.
The end result was Soul Gardens, an operation that specializes in landscape design and installation.
“We use only natural products,” MacCrimmon said. “We deal with local companies and use products that are primarily made of plants.”
Soul Gardens has been up and running for the past two years and is located in the same building as the Building Tree at 621 Herridge Lane in Nelson.
Soul Gardens provides landscaping of all kinds, such as the conversion of lawns into gardens, all the while encouraging the use of low water intake plants. They also design and build stone walls, patios and stairs.
MacCrimmon wants to help clients not only to nurture already healthy soil, but also to heal damaged soil. Like all artists and business people, she saw something happening and felt she had the skills, determination and tenacity to improve on it.
“It’s so important,” MacCrimmon said of ecological responsibility, a cornerstone of her business. “There are many nice landscapes but they have so much of an impact on the land. I knew I could build something that had less of an impact.”