The creative force behind Riviera Gardens, Stefana Savin has designed private gardens and parks on the Côte d'Azur since 2009. During this time she has cultivated a deep appreciation for the French Riviera’s unique regional qualities and culture. Throughout the Maritime Alps and beyond, Stefana’s fierce resolve for design excellence, coupled with a passion for botanics, fuels her elegant approach to landscape design.
Growing up in the authentic Romanian countryside, Stefana, at age seven, received her first landscaping assignment from her parents: to grow flowers and care for five square meters from the family's garden. As she learned to call plants by name, Stefana developed a true connection with the green world. It was this dedication and a lasting awareness and recognition of her native landscape that led Stefana to study and obtain a university degree in Horticultural Engineering. Her education gave her a solid background to methodically compose with plants; while her connection to nature has taught her a deep lesson: drawing out a garden design is useless without a link between the site and the soul.
Our core philosophy at Riviera Gardens is based on Stefana’s desire to celebrate the individual personalities of her customers. Her clients' contribution is treasured and, combined with her stylish vision of nature's beauty, amplifies the uniqueness of their properties. Our focus is on developing a design that makes their property look and feel distinctive.
Stefana’s gift as an artist and project manager is complemented by an ease and grace with customers with whom she connects on a regular basis through meetings and correspondence. Being familiar with setting goals, making a plan and executing it step-by-step, Stefana is committed to a continuous improvement of service quality. She is involved with her collaborative studio team on every landscape project from conception to completion.
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Our full service addresses both the construction of brand new gardens and the restoration of historic gardens. While each approach is specific to each property, all aspects of the design work are covered. In order to establish a smooth workflow, exploration and continual dialogue with our clients is one of our guiding principles.
The first major stage of the planning process, hardscape elements embody the structure of the space. Retaining walls, terraces, patios, driveways, paths and others, all contribute to uniting beauty with purpose in the natural and built environments. The presence of water brings a dynamic and purifying dimension to the landscapes.
The plant palette is selected taking into consideration the natural occurrences of microclimates, water movement, soil types, existing vegetation, views and seasonal dynamics. This ever-evolving compositional layer softens and brings life into the mineral world.
The nocturnal metamorphosis of a garden can be witnessed thanks to an artistic and functional set-up of the lighting system. Several ambiances are proposed depending on the desired mood. We work with a lighting engineer to ensure that the most suitable products are integrated into the project.
Pergolas, tunnels, arbours, gates, decks, outdoor furniture and playgrounds are some of the items that can be designed and custom-made for your garden. The unique pieces enhance the identity of the property.
In order to obtain the total cost of the project, we provide a full specification list with the works, materials and plants needed for its completion. Contractors for each trade are consulted onsite and their quotations are submitted to the client. Technical documents are produced for supporting the smooth build of the project.
The project administration stage is crucial as quite often design decisions are needed at a late stage as the project develops. A planning of the works is prepared and regular site meetings with reports are organized. This phase secures the integrity of the design, keeps a close record of budget and deals with contractor issues.
A garden is in a permanent evolution, therefore it is important to plan and supervise the work of the maintenance team and provide guidelines and feedback. Thus your investment is protected and the planted areas continue to thrive.