"My property in the Blue Mountains was a landscaping challenge - with the clay and rocky soil. The property was a blank slate in both the front and back yard, with no plant material other than a couple of evergreens.
I contacted Marina Maitland of Outdoor Design whom I have known for many years to help me design the landscaping and gardens.
The large unearthed boulders were strategically placed, creating levels of gardens. With the heavy clay soil - grading was important. 100 yards of soil later - many large evergreens, shrubs and perennials well placed - I am very pleased with the results. Marina and her team gave me a beautifully designed garden that has only grown more lovely with age. While she is serious about the results, she made the process fun!"
-DALE BIDDELL, Blue Mountains
"Outdoor Design has fulfilled our landscaping needs since 1998. When we moved into our current home, all of the gardens were filled with weeds and overgrown shrubs. Marina and her professional, dedicated crew transformed our backyard and gardens into a wonderful oasis that blends in beautifully with our surroundings. Marina's creative design suggestions, timely and thorough regular maintenance keep our gardens looking their best. I have frequently recommended Marina and Outdoor Design, which demonstrates my high regard for her work."
-ELIZABETH QUINLAN, Barrie
"We rebuilt a bungalow in the east end of Barrie. Marina's landscape design included a pool in our backyard, and a muskoka cottage feel with stonework throughout the property. All areas were utilized which allowed us to maximize our outdoor living space.
We were made aware of drainage concerns and they were pro-active in rectifying these issues, which was a challenge considering the clay soil environment.
Marina, her son Jay, her nephew Chris, and the crew of Outdoor Design created an amazing transformation of our entire property that surpassed our expectations.
The stonework, gardens, patios, walkways and deck are not only beautiful but very functional. I would not hesitate to recommend this talented designer."
-SUZANNE AND JEFF MARTIN, Barrie
"Marina and her team at Outdoor Design have designed and maintained the gardens at our lakefront home for the past 8 years. The hardscape landscaping included stone steps and flagstone along the sides of the property.
We constantly get compliments on how great our landscaping looks when we have friends and family over.
We highly recommend Marina and her team to others on a regular basis."
-DEAN AND VERONICA BELL, Oro-Medonte
"Marina and her Outdoor Design team not only create and manage our gardens but have also designed and built fencing, decks, natural stone steps and a flagstone patio.
All of which make our outdoor space very enjoyable. The Outdoor team have made my gardens look fabulous for over 15 years.
They do everything from spring or fall work to creating new gardens. I am happy to recommend this professional company to others."
-LAURIE AND TIM STANFORD, Shanty Bay
"Marina, whom I've known for many years, has a passion for landscape design - and has no issue with difficult work! I am very familiar with her father as a stone mason -
her nephew and son are also very talented in this trade.
The Outdoor Design crew created an oasis in our backyard I could never have imagined. A comfortable stone patio, beautiful but manageable gardens, with flowering and interest for all seasons.
The front yard had its challenges. Marina listened to our concerns and being aware of budget, was able to address any issues and actually turn the landscape into a scene I love coming home to!
Passing neighbours often stop to compliment the property.
I would highly recommend Marina, Jay and the crew of Outdoor Design."
-HILMA LANGMAN, Orillia
"Having worked with Marina of Outdoor Design for over 10 years, I have the highest regard for her work. She addressed a slope situation, and incorporated stone tiers on the corner of my house. This very much enhanced the garden, so that we could have more shrubs and colour.
She is very creative and innovative with her plant choices. Marina has a great staff who are fun to work with. I highly recommend Outdoor Design for any landscaping job."
-KATHY MUNRO, Snow Valley
"We started from a blank slate at our waterfront chalet in Thornbury. Marina provided design concepts for the landscaping and partnered with a company whom we contracted to do the hardscape. They worked flawlessly together and we often get compliments on our gardens from passers by.
Every year Marina and her team rejuvenate the gardens. She and her crew are a pleasure to work with and they are very open to collaborating on changes. We would highly recommend Outdoor Design."
-HELMUT AND CATHY HOCK, Thornbury
"My husband and I have worked with Outdoor Design and Marina Maitland for many years regarding our yard and gardens. Marina has always listened to our ideas and she has wonderful creative ideas of her own. I have to say I always love what she has done, whether it has been a very small project or something major. The staff are great, hardworking and a pleasure to deal with.
We recommend Outdoor Design whenever we can and will continue to do so."
-DORIS AND DAVE BLEVINS, Springwater
"Marina and her team have looked after our landscaping and gardening needs at home and work for several years now. All aspects from initial design through to complete annual maintenance are looked
after professionally with great attention to detail.
Through Marina's creativity and expertise, Outdoor Design has created beautiful designs, ensuring a worry free solution that requires little effort on our part."
-DON CURRIE, Midhurst
"I want to thank you and your team members for getting our estate property back in shape. The task, at first, appeared daunting but through your leadership and direction, you were able to break it down into manageable components and get us into good shape by the end of the season. What a turn-around in a season! We appreciate your advice and guidance and look forward to the coming season."
-GRACE AND FAMILY, Barrie