Life is Good Ecological Landscape Design

Karen in the garden with young gardener

Garden services as unique as our clients

Our mission:

To work with nature to develop and steward gardens that are dynamic, resilient, full of life and self-regulating. Our work is to create functional outdoor spaces that offer peace and refuge for our clients as well as the opportunity to connect with the natural world by offering food, shelter and water to other living organisms.

Our Long Term Goal for Every Client is to decrease the amount of work or hours spent in the repetitive garden tasks such as watering, weeding, mowing, mulching and pruning. If we are helping clients to manage their gardens on a regular basis our intention is to greatly reduce the need for our help over time.

Our Guiding Principles:

We believe in sustainability or the ability we have to meet our present needs without compromising the needs of future generations. For gardeners this means choosing practices, materials, and technical aids that mindfully conserve natural resources and cause no lasting harm to natural systems.

As members of the Society of Organic Urban Land Care (SOUL) we strive to design, install, and manage landscapes that promote and preserve environmental health both above and below ground, the health of ecosystems and human communities. We are all connected.

We are confident that creating healthy, beautiful gardens depends on choosing the right plants and allowing nature to do most of the work. We acknowledge that we are, at best, stewards of nature and that when we cut natural connections and cycles we disrupt natural systems and are left to do nature's work. The latter is a pattern that often creates waste or depletes resources. In nature there is no "waste". Nature reuses and replenishes all resources when systems are in balance.

The environmental issues now facing our planet, from climate change, loss of biodiversity and the depletion of resources to pollution, can seem overwhelming. Yet each gardener can make a contribution to the shift away from consumptive horticultural practices that fuel these issues. Each one of us can be part of the solution and benefit from living in more mindful, beautiful outdoor spaces.

About Landscape Designer Karen Cummins:

Being a gardener has been an integral part of Karen's life since planting her first and very own garden at the age of 6. Blessed to live and garden in far flung biomes from California to interior BC to Alberta, Georgia and finally Comox she has learned from and gained experience in a variety of horticulture sectors including nurseries, garden centers, golf courses, municipalities and a university. In Comox she was very fortunate to join the partnership of Colleen Codling and Pam Lengyel in the business of Amazon Gardeners for an amazing education in designing, installing and managing sustainable gardens. Though Karen's focus has now shifted to landscape design and garden coaching, Pam and Karen still prune together and collaborate on projects while Colleen provides advice when asked.

She is a graduate of the University of Guelph Horticulture Diploma program and is an ISA Certified Arborist and Tree Risk Assessor. She was thrilled to study in the first class on Sustainable Horticulture at Kwantlen College and has qualified as an Accredited Land Care Practitioner with the Society for Organic Land Care (SOUL). She is active in the Comox Valley Horticulture Society, Comox Valley Growers and Seed Savers, Comox Valley Nature and Comox Valley Cycling Coalition. She will likely arrive at your garden by bike.

Contact us for more information and to book an appointment with Karen Cummins
By phone: 250-941-1312
By email: Karen at