Cole Project

Cole Project

My wife Colleen and I can’t say enough about Aaron Wing and Chi Earth & Waterscape Design. Aaron takes landscape design to the next level. He looks at landscape much the way Van Gogh or Monet would look at a blank canvas. His creative passion is infectious. With sketch pad, and camera in hand the art begins to where spray cans sketch the vision on the landscape.

It is incredible to see the vision come to life, and realize it really is a work of art. Lazer levels assist in ensure water spills over rock into the pond creating the right image in the minds eye. Absolutely every rock, and vegetation is thoughtfully placed creating a living piece of art that gets better with age.

Our daughter was getting married in the backyard, so we went with Aaron’s creativity and vision. It made for an awesome day, with everyone raving about to the waterscape. As life returned to normal after the wedding, we still love the space. It is such a therapeutic space. The sight, the sounds of water babbling over River Rock and a split water fall into the pond.

Eric and Jorien

Eric and Jorien

excerpt from the Time Colonist, June 27 2014 by Grania Litwin

Jorien credits her husband with the vision that transformed the garden from depressing to uplifting, but Eric explains a waterfall was the only solution with such a rock face.

“The rock kept fracturing during excavation, we had to claw back more and more, so we ended up with a very steep cliff. My vision was to turn a problem into an asset.”

Even before construction began, Aaron Wing, of Chi Earth & Waterscape, started building a stairway fit for a giant, nestled into the trees. He also created a pathway along the top, back of the property, a cascading waterfall, stream and deep pool.

“We went in with some really big machinery and started to shape and place,” said Wing and one day an enormous boulder almost toppled the excavator.

Wing looped each rock with a piece of three quarter-inch chain, then hooked it to the excavator, and lowered it into place, adding different rocks to prop it up. “You can’t just knuckle them into place,” said Wing, who has a degree from the Horticulture Centre of the Pacific and also took architectural drafting and landscape design at Camosun College.

“For the stairway we excavated down to bedrock then worked our way back up, placing each rock. There is no real science to it. You have to visualize as you go.

“The biggest challenge was the waterfall. Normally you build from the bottom up, but here we did it top down because there wasn’t enough access at the bottom.

“This job really pushed our limits, and the machines’ [limits], but really good jobs always involve a little blood, sweat and tears.”

He designed the pool to be two metres deep, to keep the water cool and allow fish room to retreat from predators, and built it with a concrete wall on one side, which supports the patio, and a natural rock cliff on the other.

It is lined with rubber, and Wing built benches at different levels underwater, to grow everything from deep aquatic plants to the ones along the margins, and floating water lilies.

“Aaron is a true artist,” said Eric.

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