Making this smoking area was a bit little like putting extra springs in the back end of a Chevy for rum running.  That was part of the fun.  The other amazing aspect about this commission was that it was a perfect opportunity to help bring people into nature; whether they were smokers or not.  

It may not look like much, it is a bit scraggy even as it needs a trimming, but it does fulfill everything asked of it.  In fact I call it a commission as it makes it sound more like a work of art I feel it is.  Proposal and quote do not reflect the same thing.

I show you here pictures of the finished product.  It has taken some years for the space and the atmosphere to mature to what it is today.  When doing art work with plants the canvas takes some time to dry and for the mood to set.

In the attached pictures there are some things to note that were designed into this project.

  • it is not square.  It was designed to fit the space
  • the cedar windbreaks work against the prevailing winds (except opinions)
  • the simplicity of the design lasted and has aged well.
  • It does not smell of smoke like some tin shed or bus shelter.
  • the spaciousness of it
  • the shade
  • the hiding spots

Note the hidden bench and the “Buttercup” Ashtrays.  It does need some pruning but the “long drapes” made it cool and private.


On this visit to the project I ventured in. I parted the Mulberry and found the sweetest world you can imagine.  It is a gem and it is a pity non smokers have not discovered it and scheduled themselves for a quiet time in this sanctuary instead of having to sit in full sun on concrete.

The cedar shrubs are almost ready for their first pruning. As they age they will cover the back completely.

You should note the easy to maintain “buttercup” ash trays we installed.  A smoker can remove it and have it beside them while they imbibe.  (yes we still have some in stock)

Please note.  The commission was to make a smoking area to fit this space.  It would be the same if we designed a reading area or a “let’s discuss this outside” board room.  

Please note.  Budget was important.  

Please note the bike parking area that got thrown in for no charge.

Please note.  I am bragging.  Sometimes I am that good.  


We get numerous requests to help out with troubled lawns under trees. This is something Schepers Property Maintenance is expert in, we are your Garden Coaches. There are several considerations that we coach people through and today we will write on a few.
The first thing that we ask all customers is what the lawn is used for in the area in question. Past reasoning for lawns will possibly have changed. Kids have moved out, the tree has grown, the expense of keeping a lawn weed free has risen and the cool resting place is sought after. Sometimes it is tough to envision a new space. It is especially tough to plan and set goals that take into account the changing nature of the yard. At Schepers Property Services we can help. We can coach you through the process with our consultants or, better do the work of making your yard maintenance free. Our gardens stand out.
What can you do prior to our coming. Well, think about what the lawn is there for. We have talked about this in other blogs  Schepers Property Services has found that at the end of contemplating the space most people would prefer something more intimate and something that compliments the lawn and the house. They would like something relaxing as befits a shade garden. These gardens are what we are best at and they are less expensive than lawns in the first place
If in your review you still want the lawn then we can also help make this a success. Specialty grass mixtures and the right advice and soil additives all help. Our customers interest is ours.