Great garden design with Geeta Singh: a landscape designer and artist based in North India
It's an honor for me to introduce on my blog today, the very talented and accomplished landscape designer Geeta Singh, who designs gardens that make you feel at home and that you never want to leave. In her career spanning more than 25 years, Geeta has designed gardens for resorts and hotels, private homes and farmhouses. Using locally sourced material like pebbles and stones, as well as terracota pots and marble water fountains custom-made from craftspeople in Jaipur and Pokhran in Rajasthan, her work is a unique and rich blend of culture and heritage with a contemporary design that is stylish and sophisticated. A sanctuary for the soul, her gardens are a place of peace and quiet, where one can relax and cast aside all mental burdens and worries of the day, allowing the plants to whisper love and harmony into the soul.
Geeta lives in Chandigarh, India, and you can contact her on +91 98-15-550687 or e mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
1. How and when did you begin your career in landscape design?
As a child I was always inspired by my grandfather whose backyard was a profusion of flowers! As I grew up, my love for nature became even more stronger and wherever I lived, I always surrounded myself with pots and plants.
My career in landscape design actually started when somebody who liked my garden, asked me to design theirs - it was almost 25 years ago! After that people just seemed to like my style and the work grew by word of mouth!
2. What is the key factor you consider before taking a design project?
The most important factor for me is the enthusiasm of the client for my style of work.
3. What are some of the toughest challenges you face while doing a project?
It's a challenge all the way from conceptualization to actual project execution and post project follow-ups. Rudyard Kipling has rightly said, gardens are not made by singing, "Oh how beautiful!", and then sitting in the shade.
4. Are you always able to work within the client's budget?
I always prefer to work with clients who have a flexible budget - it gives me freedom to design something very beautiful and extraordinary as more ideas come along the way. However, if somebody loves my work and has a fixed budget, I try to work within that budget - but there are always unforeseen expenses.
5. Do you have your own team of workers? Do you also provide post project maintenance?
I have two teams of workers - one is involved in the execution of the project and the other is for post-project maintenance. I have the same workers who have worked for me for 20 years or more!
6. What inspires you?
Nature inspires me. The earth to me is like a canvass on which I paint the garden of beauty and love.
7. How has landscape design changed you as a person?
I interact with a lot of lovely people and a lot of difficult ones too, so I guess I have learned patience. I have also seen that gardens change people - many skeptics changed their opinions.
8. Please tell us something about the design exhibitions you organize?
Exhibitions are an extension of my work. My daughter-in-law Dipti Singh, works with me and we have already organized some very successful exhibitions over the years, when products have sold out on the first day itself! Our exhibits include custom-made landscape accessories in stone and terracota from Rajasthan, as well as locally made wrought iron fabrications. There are also many other interesting things that clients can use in their gardens.
9. What advise can give to youngsters wanting to become landscape designers?
Be passionate about what you do, work really hard and never give up on your dreams - you will find success and in that success you will find joy!
Besides designing gardens, Geeta loves reading and meditating!