You are receiving this email because you are a valued client, trusted collaborator or dear friend of Virginia Burt.
View this email in your browser
Twenty years! Wow. Time that you enjoy passes quickly they say. One of the most fulfilling gifts of this journey has been the friendships I’ve made. To me landscape architecture is grounded in collaboration. Often these conversations, sometimes held on isolated points in the rain, or on patches of forgotten land in suburban industrial parks, or in someone’s home, contain the foundations of both a design and a friendship. For when we create a garden, especially a garden meant to heal, we build more than just a beautiful space, we also make room for finding peace, for discovering humour, and for building connections with each other and the world.
From all of us at Virginia Burt Designs, thank you for making the last twenty years such an enjoyable journey.  We look forward to the next 20!
A Short Story of our Beginnings
In June of 1996, Virginia Burt, having recently decided not to become a partner at a large landscape architecture firm, was volunteering as a facilitator on the evening she left her position. At the break, a woman came up to thank Virginia and asked “what do you do in your real job?” Virginia blurted out “I am a Landscape Architect and design spirit and healing gardens.” “Oh” she said, “tell me more about that.” Virginia was stunned – an epiphany had just happened.She was briefly unable to reply but for “may I get back to you?” At the time a relatively unexplored area of expertise, healing gardens were new and Virginia did not know exactly what this might mean.

The next evening Virginia was sitting at a dinner party and shared this story when a gentleman across the table said “I’d like one of those.” The next day on June 13, 1996, Virginia started her own firm.

That certain types of landscapes can help to heal illness and alleviate stress and pain is ancient idea, but that a landscape architect could create these healing places through artistry, science, and the art of listening was a rather new notion in mid-1990s.  Whether the idea would fly as a business model was also a big question. Regardless the very next day Virginia launched Virginia Burt Designs with the mission of creating gardens that heal and improve both the land and the lives of those live upon it.  Twenty years later Virginia Burt Designs is a celebrated landscape architecture firm with healing gardens in both the United States and Canada.  VBD’s award-winning gardens grow from all types of unlikely places – from rural concrete-strewn abandoned whaling factories to industrial campuses.  One of only six women honoured with a Fellowship in both the Canadian and the American Societies of Landscape Architects, Virginia is continually working to broaden the reach of therapeutic landscapes and speaks extensively on the subject.
From the first healing garden client, found at that dinner party twenty years ago, to our award winning public and private gardens, labyrinths and landscapes, Virginia Burt Designs continues to respond directly to our clients needs and to celebrate the inherent beauty and potential of every site.
Recent Publications and Talks
Fowler Roof Top Garden
The work of Virginia Burt Designs is profiled in the Spring edition of Garden Design Magazine. Acadia Point, a residential project in Nova Scotia, is highlighted as an outstanding example of environmentally sensitive design. The article, “Wild by Design” by Thad Orr, describes the process of restoring an indigenous landscape and of designing a beautiful garden that blends seamlessly with its surroundings and honours the glorious nature of the Coastal Barrens.  “We’re delighted with the article, for at VBD, we believe that the most beautiful and fulfilling landscapes are those that, like this one, respect their natural integrity and celebrate their unique place in the world.”

Please read the full article on our website Garden Design Magazine – Wild by Design – Spring 2016 or see the slideshow on the Garden Design website Garden Design Slideshow – Wild By Design Spring 2016
Virginia spoke at the Illinois Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ILASLA) on Thursday June 2nd. The ILASLA  began a new speaker series called Ignite!  Sponsored by Victor Stanley and Bartlett Tree Service, the series is dedicated to informing and inspiring professionals in the field of landscape architecture.  Virginia, its inaugural speaker, shared her thoughts on creating healing gardens.

In late June, Virginia spoke on the meaning of "home" at the  at the Annual Congress of the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects in Winnipeg, Manitoba  She will be speaking at the Annual Meeting of the American Society of Landscape Architects on October 21st in New Orleans on the topic of healing gardens. Virginia is also looking forward to joining Cornelia Hahn Oberlander this fall for a joint lecture on landscape architecture. Stay tuned for more details. 

In addition, the Vancouver Hardy Plants Group will be hosting a collection of speakers including Virginia to speak on Home: Locally Inspired gardens on October 29th, 2016.

Lastly, but certainly not least, we are delighted to be joining our fellow colleagues to honour our dear friend, Cornelia Hahn Oberlander, as she receives the inaugural Governor General's Medal in Landscape Architecture in Ottawa in September.  Tickets for the Governor General's Medal Dinner on Tuesday September 20th are available for purchase on the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects website.
Thought we would share this moment.  Our friend Richard Mandelkorn finds himself in yet another precarious situation in a quest for the perfect photo.  And here is our reward!
Copyright © 2016 Virginia Burt Designs, All rights reserved.


unsubscribe from this list    update subscription preferences 

Email Marketing Powered by Mailchimp