About Harmonic Horticulture and Construction
Incorporated in 2012, Harmonic Horticulture and Construction specializes in the design, implementation, and long-term development of outdoor spaces. Harmonic has built a reputation for creativity, quality construction, attention to detail, and long-term client relationships that always exceed expectations. We boast decades of experience in Edmonton’s local landscaping industry, and have the network and expertise to consistently outclass our competition.
Loosely separated into design, construction, and gardening departments we work cross-discipline to build and develop unique and personal landscapes. We strive to foster long-term, trusting relationships with our clients and with their gardens in order to nurture our living work as it matures and develops its own personality.
We understand that, for most of us, our garden is our primary connection with nature. A landscape’s function is to advance and strengthen that connection in a setting that accounts for our own use and comfort. Our landscapes are the intersection between our artificial environs and the natural world, and as such are the medium through which we interact with, learn from, and benefit directly from nature.
Cultivating this relationship between man-made and natural environments is our great joy. Harmonic is filled with creative, indomitable, and passionate people that share focus on making the world better through landscaping. We strive to facilitate the human connection to the natural world, to push the field of landscaping ever forward, and to literally plant more trees.
Formerly Horn and Collins Landscape Construction, we changed our name to Harmonic Horticulture and Construction in 2020. This new brand reflects the wider breadth of services we now offer, and makes space for the larger team now contributing to our common goals.
Literally, Harmonic Horticulture and Construction refers to the harmony between the elements of horticulture and construction. As landscape design and architecture is the attempt to reconcile human habits, structures, and habitation with the natural world, our new name is our attempt to situate ourselves at the junction between the artificial and the natural. When we choose to differentiate between the two we describe them as existing in harmony.
It also refers to the harmony between the different disciplines we practice within the company itself. We are designers, gardeners, carpenters, land-use managers, landscape-ambassadors, surveyors, stone-workers, etcetera. We don’t define our skill sets by these terms, but rather by the interactions between the disciplines themselves.
In music, the harmonic overtone series forms the mathematical basis for pitch. In landscaping, the harmonic overtone series informs much of what we do. We incorporate ratios from the series into our designs. These ratios help us avoid symmetries, as symmetries tend to lead to a very forced, artificial feel when applied to natural elements. Nature does not build symmetrically. Nor does it build randomly. It builds ‘naturally.’ The harmonic overtone series is a product of the interaction between the natural and our perception of reality. It cannot exist without our attempts to make sense of the natural world, and is therefore an intrinsic part of our observations of, and interactions with nature. This makes it especially useful to those of us that wish to mimic nature, to converse with it, and to share our experiences of it with others through landscape design.