What is the difference between a landscape architect and a landscaper?

You may be asking yourself, what is the difference between a landscape architect and a landscaper? And, how do you know which one to hire?

The difference is huge!

Landscape architects are formally trained to view the design, planning, management, and stewardship of the property holistically. I often work as a part of team, or I lead the management of a team. The team can include city planners, scientists like biologists and geologists, and engineers on a given project.

As a landscape architect, my projects vary from residential properties, commercial and industrial sites, public spaces and parks and more. I use creative design and artistic elements combined with the science to create spaces that meet the needs of people using the space while respecting the governmental regulations and environmental best practices.

By contrast, landscapers are often focused on the maintenance of an outdoor space. While they may be trained to design outdoor spaces, their focus is often on the aesthetics of it rather than considering the other factors.

Often, when I am managing a project, I will have a skilled landscaper on my team to execute the plan I’ve created as an architect. We work collaboratively, but have different duties and skills that we bring into each project to make it a success.

If you’re wondering if you need a landscape architect or a landscaper for your property, reach out to me and I will be glad to help you determine how to move forward.

Bonnie Leverette