Landscaping has long been a practiced art. It is thought that it was during the Roman era that it really took off in popularity, however. Archaeologists have unearthed evidence of Roman landscaped gardens with mosaics and water fountains.
However, in the early middle ages, the art of landscaping was lost, along with many other arts, and it wasn’t until the Renaissance that it reappeared in popular culture. Outstanding examples of renaissance landscaping can be found in the Villa d’Este, Tivoli. The renaissance landscape developed through the 16th and 17th centuries, leading to levels of grandeur as seen in the work at Vaux-le-Vicomte and Versailles among other locations.
In 18th century England, a new breed of landscapers came to the fore, such as William Kent, Humphrey Repton and Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown, who each created vast parklands, and remodelled the extensive grounds of stately homes, to resemble a neat and tidy version of nature. Many of these parklands can still be seen and enjoyed today.
The Scotsman Gilbert Laing Meason coined the term ‘landscape architecture’, when it was used as part of a title of his 1928 book The Landscape Architecture of the Great Painters of Italy. While the book title referred to landscapes in paintings, the name was soon taken up by landscapes such as JC Loudon.
In the 19th century, urban planning became important, and this gave rise to the modern focus of landscaping, due to the desire of people to blend modern planning with the traditional landscaping which had been previously enjoyed. The USA benefited from this, with New York and Boston gaining large landscaped parks, such as Central Park and Prospect Park in New York and Brooklyn respectively.
Today, landscape architecture is a widely practiced discipline, with innovation in designs and plans for gardens and public spaces occurring around the world. Landscaping has also become popular on a smaller scale, thanks partly to a number of television shows centred on landscaping small spaces and gardens, allowing the subject to be appreciated and practiced by a wider audience. We started as a small Vancouver based landscaping company and grew from there.