R.S. Walsh Landscaping, which has served the residents of the islands for more than a quarter of a century, hopes that their new location — found across the street from The Sanibel School — will make it even easier for their local customers to bring their landscape dreams to reality.



"Landscaping is such a visual business," said business owner Lisa Walsh."/>


R.S. Walsh Landscaping, which has served the residents of the islands for more than a quarter of a century, hopes that their new location — found across the street from The Sanibel School — will make it even easier for their local customers to bring their landscape dreams to reality.



"Landscaping is such a visual business," said business owner Lisa Walsh."/> Longtime local landscaper brings new ‘outdoor showroom’ to island | News, Sports, Jobs - SANIBEL-CAPTIVA - Island Reporter, Islander and Current
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Longtime local landscaper brings new ‘outdoor showroom’ to island

By Staff | Apr 21, 2010

Lisa Walsh, left, consults with customer Jennifer Lessinger on one of the many shade plants sold at R.S. Walsh Landscaping, which opened last week on Sanibel.

Some people have called Sanibel Island “a tropical oasis,” “paradise found” and even “as close to heaven on earth as it gets.”

R.S. Walsh Landscaping, which has served the residents of the islands for more than a quarter of a century, hopes that their new location – found across the street from The Sanibel School – will make it even easier for their local customers to bring their landscape dreams to reality.

“Landscaping is such a visual business,” said business owner Lisa Walsh. “It’s hard to ‘see’ the final product from just a drawing, so this location allows our customers a chance to see what the finished product is actually going to look like.”

Located at 3889 Sanibel-Captiva Road, the three-acre property – former home to Green Earth – opened on April 17. Calling their facility “In The Garden,” the lushly vegetated property is not only an “outdoor showroom.” It contains walkways through specimen palms, trees and shrubs, “sample” gardens that can be adorned in order to attract butterflies and hummingbirds. Unique pottery – both large and small scale -and garden items to enhance the enjoyment of your property can also be found on-site.

“We want people to come here, see what kind of layout ideas we have samples of, then work with us to coordinate the vision they have for their own property,” said Lisa Walsh. “We wanted to open a location on Sanibel for a long time, since we have a lot of customers here on the islands.”

One of the water features offered at the new Sanibel location is a fountain built within a large clay pot.

To the rear of the main building, where their business office is located, a shade house is filled with various types of shade plants, orchids and bromeliads.

“We will have a selection of native and tropical plants and shrubs, mulches and soils to refresh and renew your landscape,” their website states. “As with all good landscape projects, this one will evolve and be more delightful every time you visit.”

Lisa Walsh noted that one project they are excited to add at the site is a Zen garden, along with many other water features for residential and business properties.

Since 1982, R. S. Walsh Landscaping has achieved renowned status for the successful design and installations of beautiful estate and resort properties on Sanibel and Captiva Islands, along with residential and commercial projects throughout Lee, Collier and Charlotte counties.

“Sanibel has been an important area for our business from the beginning. A lot of our clients are based here on the islands,” Lisa Walsh added. “We were very excited when we learned there may be an opportunity to open a location here.”

A closeup image of a colorful variety of orchid located in the shade house.

As part of their grand opening celebration, in coordination with the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, R.S. Walsh Landscaping will be donating a portion of the proceeds of items and services sold Thursday through Saturday – April 22-24 – to the Clinic for the Rehabilitation Of Wildlife (C.R.O.W.).

“We’ve supported a lot of Sanibel causes over the years, and since we’re located right next door to C.R.O.W., we wanted to do something special for them,” Walsh explained. “It’s kind of a neighborly thing to do.”

For more information about R.S. Walsh Landscaping’s “In The Garden” location, open Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., call 395-5859 or visit www.rswalsh.com.

Among the items for sale at the business are local photographer Eleanor Ward's oversized "Art For Outdoor Living" pieces, displayed above.

One of the colorful buildings at the R.S. Walsh facility, right, contains their business office. The other is a private residence.