"I could not be more pleased with the work that Alan's company has done in completely transforming the backyard of my town home from an overgrown, plant-filled, unusable space -- to two separate levels of paved patios below my deck -- one level with a beautiful fire pit and the second with a lovely water feature that feels zen-like. Where before we only looked down at the plants, now we are drawn down there -- and it feels wonderful to have taken a smallish backyard area and expanded so that it is not only usable, but also just makes you want to go down and sit and enjoy! Alan's team (led by Hugo and Ken) could not have been more professional. They were always on time, very courteous, did a thorough clean-up at the end of each day, and I'll even say, artists in their own right. Ken's work in building the fire pit was detailed and finished perfectly. He worked on it like it was his own... I couldn't be more happy with the finished result -- it FAR exceeds my expectations!!! To Alan and his team, a big thank you!" Coby S. (Fall 2015)"- Coby S.
The Millennium Railway
We pre-built the walls and track sections in one of our nursery greenhouses. Shrink-wrapped and ready for the three-day installation at the Convention Center, the tracks went up quickly so that we were able to spend more time finessing the rock areas with planting. Ably assisted by folks from the Puget Sound Garden Railway Society, this garden was co-sponsored by Monrovia. Have a look at our 2002 garden "Mirabilia" as well.
Unlike other firms at NWFGS, our garden show work isn't built to say "Hire us. Here's what we do." Instead, we want to stretch our imaginations and try something that we have never done before.
- Accent Rocks
We do a lot of work in rock, from small boulders to river cobble, flagstone, and large boulders. Set by our experienced crews by hand or with a large trackhoe, rocks typically installed are local basalt and granite.
With many other styles, shapes, colors and textures to choose from, we'll make it easy for you to sort through the types and sizes of rock available.
- Garden Structures
A myriad of garden structures can be created for you, from gazebos and storage structures to sport courts, arbors, and fences with gates. We can also show you portfolios and manufacturer catalogs of a range of other outdoor structures and accents when you visit our Redmond sample library.
- Model Trains
We've built quite a reputation over the last few years for our custom train sets.
A small set was built for a cabinetmaker a few years ago, and it ended up winning a state landscape award.
We created a fabulous small train layout garden that earned a gold award from the Northwest Flower and Garden Show a few years ago. That was something. Now we've done about a half a dozen of these. Aren't they cool?
Painstakingly detailed and incredibly fun to research, this is the ultimate toy for the guy who has everything. (Mom, you might want to skip quickly over this section.)
- Planting Beds
Planting is what you think of when you think of landscaping, and nobody does it better than we do. We bring perennials that recur every year, beefy, robust evergreen plants that last all year, and fabulously colorful deciduous shrubs and trees as accents. We have acres of plants to choose from and a uniquely flexible way of working that allows you to "see the plants before you start."
As one of the largest purveyors of Cedar Grove compost in the county, we also rototill or hand-turn your bedsand fertilize all of your new plantings. Best of all, we guarantee it all for one year and offer you a discount card when the dust has settled to shop at the Nursery.
- Water Features & fountains
A waterfall, stream or recirculating pond can be an attractive and calming amenity for any home. The pleasant sound of splashing water and the beauty of colorful fish can create a wonderful sense of serenity in even a small backyard.
At Classic, we know that a successful waterfall or pond should look like a natural element in the landscape. You may also want to have a landscape architectural plan drawn up for the area to allow for such things as expanded patios, walkways or other design elements.
The Classic pond utilizes a debris skimmer, much like a swimming pool, which is easy to access and clean. We can provide overflow assemblies, pump timers, self-filling valves, pond lighting, and a wide range of aquatic plants and different types of flagstone, rock, and paving materials.
We can also coordinate the construction of all types of outdoor amenities, from pools to sport courts and spas.
Working with us to design this type of construction offers some distinct advantages for you as a client. We design the feature to fit within a budget framework and solicit competitive bids on your behalf as part of your landscape architectural design package.
Most importantly, these features fit within the overall site design, integrating with planting and other construction. We show you how to stage this effort to minimize site damage and perform the construction efficiently.