YOUR VISION. OUR CREATIVE IDEAS.
A well-designed landscape combines nature and culture. It is well thought-out and takes into consideration the client's wishes and the site's conditions. It is important to listen to our clients so we can create plans that work for them, where as it is important to study the existing site conditions and use it to it's best advantage.
A premier Design and Build firm since 2001, Dearborn Designs & Associates was founded by Lexi Dearborn with just one goal ...
‘Create exceptional outdoor living spaces that meet the needs of our client's by delivering creative ideas in a sustainable plan, that are really pretty'.
People, Process and Design
“As a designer, I want to get to know my clients. I want to build a partnership so I understand how best to design their project. It's so much more than a client saying, "I want a pool or I want a new front walkway.' For me, it's about finding out 'who' the client is so I can create the right space for them. I believe an amazing space influences the way our clients use their outdoors, day-to-day. We bring to the table innovative solutions and personalized drawings packages. For me, good design this is the starting point of a well-executed landscape project.”
Lexi Dearborn Dipl.B. ODHLD CLD Id.#7591
A graduate of the University of Guelph, Lexi holds an Ontario Horticultural Diploma in Landscape Design with Honors as well as Certificates in Landscape Construction, Home Gardening, Garden Maintenance, and is an Advanced Master Gardener. In April 2015, Lexi received her CLD (Certified Landscape Designer) designation. ID #007591. I join an elite group of designers recognized across Canada and North America known for their skills in enhancing the quality of an outdoor living space. Good landscape design requires far more than creativity. Creativity without horticultural expertise and an extensive knowledge of site engineering will only lead to disappointment in the finished product.
Landscape design comes naturally to Lexi. During her childhood, her family owned and operated Ten Gables Golf Course and Resort in Sundridge, Ontario. ‘My Grandmother Billie had an incredible influence in molding my gardening skills. She believed gardens and flowers were an important part of every home.’ says Lexi.
Landscaping and horticulture are a second career for Lexi. After completing a 3-year Business Diploma in Hotel and Restaurant Administration, Lexi spent over 25 years working in Ontario ’s finest hotels and restaurants. Although the two careers don’t seem related – serving food and creating landscapes – the principles are much the same – put the customer first, be creative so every project is special, provide great service, be honorable, and expect excellence – apply to both industries.
For a number of years, Lexi taught Landscape Design and Gardening courses at Georgian College in Orillia, Ontario. She continues to work closely with local communities, designing naturalized spaces for people of all ages. A proud Active Member of Landscape Ontario since 2006, Lexi continues to support and promote 'Green for Life'.
It's Simple | Get People Outside | Have Some Fun!