Michael Spencer is a smart and experienced Landscape Architect with a long and interesting career. His experience includes land and site planning at the largest scales, and, more recently, a deep and substantive body of research related to planting design and tropical plant materials. He has the 'big picture' skills of a modern Landscape Architect, with the detail focus that makes clients very happy.
Mr. Spencer ASLA MLA is a registered Landscape Architect in the State of Florida, a member of the American Society of Landscape Architects, and the owner of MSA Design, Inc. Mr. Spencer earned his Master of Landscape Architecture from Louisiana State University in 1985.
His projects include landscape design and land planning. His areas of special interest include Homeowner Associations, Fine Residential Gardens, Planning, and Community Planting Design. Michael has been practicing Landscape Archtecture for 30 years and lives in his own garden home in Naples, Florida.
Mr. Spencer is a published garden writer; see his weekly columns in the Naples Daily News. He is currently working on a new reference book for garden designers in Zones 9, 10, and 11 with Al O'Donnell.
Mr. Spencer is a popular and engaging speaker, informed on horticultural and environmental subjects, and never afraid to deliver an opinion.
Why Choose MSA Design?
Many LAs offer services. But after decades' experience, we know that while clients often cannot discern quality design, they do know a dead plant when they see it. We are plant material experts, able to translate this knowledge into design with living plants at proper spacings that are often less costly to install and to maintain.
What About Fees?
Why hire MSA Design in the first place? This part is simple:
To develop a landscape solution with the highest artistic integrity;
And while the second point might seem so self-evident, just have a look around at other landscapes that have deteriorated over time. A simple calculation shows that great design always saves money.
How We Can Help- What Do You Need?
A Walkabout? Sometimes, especially when plant selection advice is needed for an existing project, a simple 'walkabout' answers the questions that you have. Example: perhaps you are an HOA and need a phased plant list so that you know what to plant as existing plants begin to age; or you are a do-it-yourself homeowner, needing only plant selections. Fees are $150/hour, two hour minimum, and can include a Report with photos, or not, according to your needs.
Or a fuller design process? For larger planting projects, or when a new project is envisioned, or if hardscape design is needed, or if official submittal drawings are required, then you will need a fuller design process and Plan. In this case, fees start at $1800.
Tell me about your project and I'll send you a sample from at least one similar project.
MSA Design, Inc.
461 Carica Road
Naples, Florida 34108