Our approach is collaborative, both with our clients and tradespeople, in order to create spaces that are not only aesthetically and functionally pleasing, but also thoughtfully constructed and ecologically responsible.
We begin our relationship with clients during the initial consultation and are with them every step of the way from design through the end of construction and planting. Our commitment to quality and service goes with the territory. We continue our relationships long after the project has been completed in order to keep the space evolving as it should.
There’s nothing better than expanding square footage and getting city dwellers outside. That concrete slab out back where the trash can lives? The desolate roof deck that was the main reason you bought your house? The half mud pit-half jungle that’s offending your dog lately? You’d be surprised how dramatic the transformation can be with even just a little bit of love out there.
Our favorite materials are concrete, steel and wood that’s been tinged (and often charred) black. The contrast of industrial materials with organic plants elevates a space with a modern edge, but keeps things from feeling cold. The natural weathering of these materials to their eventual patina, along with the seasonality of the plant life, keep the space evolving over time.
Over the years we’ve built relationships with local tradespeople and are proud to call them collaborators. They’re not only the best at their crafts, they also each have a story that brings invaluable insight and character to the process. Mike, our carpenter/metalworker/jack-of-all-trades, has spent years working on film and TV sets. Tony and Anthony, our father-son masonry guys, make their own wine every year from the grapes in Tony’s garden. These relationships are critical to keeping projects flowing smoothly, especially when inevitable changes pop up along the way.
Anna Prinzo, Principal
Anna has spent more than 15 years in the outdoor design/build industry, beginning Digs after many years at Laurel Hill Gardens in Chestnut Hill. She’s the person who will design your project, the person who knows all the details and knows that the details matter, and the one that is lucky to be doing something that doesn’t feel like work. When she’s not busy designing spaces and running the business, she’s likely to be fawning over a dog somewhere.
Candace Karch, Studio Manager
Candace handles what’s happening inside the confines of our studio space in Fishtown. She’s the first person you meet when you get in touch, the person who handles all the happenings at our space, and the one that keeps us laughing even when it’s late and there’s traffic and we still have to unload the van. When she’s not busy managing our studio, she’s likely to be fawning over a cat somewhere.
Debora McPherson, Project Manager
Debora handles what’s happening onsite during the installation of projects. She’s the main person you’ll see during the day-to-day onsite, the person who cracks the whip so things run smoothly, and the one that keeps smiling even when it’s late and there’s traffic and she can’t find her keys after unloading the van. When she’s not busy managing our projects, she’s likely to be fawning over her kids somewhere.
Digs is fully licensed and insured. PA HIC #106047.
Anna is a member of the Association of Professional Landscape Designers (APLD) and became a certified Green Roof Professional (GRP) in 2014.