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Choosing the Right Landscape Designer: An Interview with Faith Michaels of Faithful Flowers

By Faith Michaels

Tell us a little bit about your company and its foundation.

Color, texture, and scale. Perspective and vision. Innovation and application. These are essential elements of good design and successful design projects.

Faith Michaels, founder and owner of Faithful Flowers, combines these elements in a career that spans twenty years to design extraordinary landscapes in a variety of environments. From institutional and urban installations that serve to bring humanity to a harsh city landscape, to private gardens in architecturally significant properties, to simple outdoor living and entertaining spaces created to expand and enrich everyday life. Faithful Flowers exceeds the expectations of even the most discerning client. Beginning with a free initial consultation, and through every phase of the project, Faithful Flowers commits to full collaboration with the client to explore their vision, consider possibilities, and develop the best possible design. To make the vision a reality, Faithful Flowers partners with experts in the areas of horticulture, plant procurement, lighting, carpentry and paint and any resource required to make your vision a reality.

What are some of the services your company provides?

A free consultation will get you on your way to the design of your landscape project. Whether you need a master plan drawing or want to create a small intimate space, Faithful Flowers will customize a design to your needs and budget.

PLANT SELECTION AND INSTALLATION:
The Faithful Flowers team has long-term relationships with local area nurseries. We will obtain the perfect plant material for your space. We handpick only the finest specimens and guarantee them for a full year.

HARDSCAPES: WALLS, WALKWAYS AND TERRACES
Our master mason is a true artist who uses the finest materials to build walls, walkways, driveways and terraces to last a lifetime. We specialize in bluestone, fieldstone and pavers.

IRRIGATION:
Faithful Flowers will install and maintain a top-notch irrigation system that will keep your plants alive and healthy.

WATER FEATURES:
Enjoy the sound calming sound of water as you enjoy your new landscape. We will present you with a variety of choices whether you want a natural rock pond or a ready to go fountain.

In your opinion, what are three qualities that every landscape design firm should possess?

A good landscape firm must take pride in its work with every plant or stone chosen for a specific location and carefully installed. Listening to clients needs and being flexible to change direction or come up with multiple solutions. Customer satisfaction is extremely important as well as building client trust and confidence.

If you could describe your ideal client/designer relationship, what would it be and why?

The ideal client trusts me to deliver exactly what he/she envisions their landscape environment to be. I do my best work when clients describe to me what they are looking for and tell me to go for it. That's how artists do their best work.

As a landscape design firm, how do you make sure you're understanding of what your client wants?

The proof is in the pudding, or rather the planting. We have a lot of conversations, sample and design review before a plant or stone goes in the ground.

What are at least three questions every homeowner should ask their home designer before hiring them?

How do you come up with your pricing and are you flexible?
Will my job be finished on an agreed upon timeline?
Will I be the only client you will be working with or are you on other job sites? If not, how will this affect my project?

What is your philosophy behind creating dynamic, yet functional spaces throughout the landscape?

I think it's important to understand the environment you are working in and how the client wants to use it. We are actually creating outdoor rooms for people to move through and enjoy. One has to keep in mind how the space will develop years from the installation and the maintenance that will be required.

What's the best way for people to get in contact with you or your company?

Faithfulflowers@comcast.net or Faith Michaels 617-543-2962.

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