At BWLA, we are passionate about great design. Being able to create a space for someone that reflects who they are, but also enhances the way they live, is what inspires us. Our gardens need to perform in so many ways. Whether they are an escape from the business of life, a place to entertain and be social, or to produce food to eat and flowers to cut; they need to fit seamlessly into how we each live every day.
We understand that the success of our work relates to how well the garden speaks to the architecture of the house, but also how it respects and blends with the landscape beyond. Working on gardens from courtyards to acreages, from coastal to rural and city properties, we love the challenge of working in different environments, different cities, and different climates. Each site has its own story to tell and we feel privileged to discover and tell these stories.
Designing gardens and landscapes for people is much more than a job for Bethany. It’s a way of seeing and being present in one’s surroundings; it is about creating ways to connect people to nature; about how people feel and move through a space. It’s a way of life.
Bethany’s approach to designing gardens does not impose a style or personal stamp upon a space. Rather, by capturing its essence and unique character she transforms it into a place that engages you emotionally and draws you into it. A garden designed by Bethany is not fussy or predictable, but is balanced, striking, restrained and elegant. Minimalist in her approach to design, she uses plants to soften strong lines and create movement and texture. Most projects involve a close collaboration with architects and interior designers with an emphasis on seamless flow between interior and exterior spaces; a dovetailing of functionality and beauty.