Earthly Delights Landscape Design

Earthly Delights Landscape Design

19 years in business

About this pro

Mary Liljequist left the pharmaceutical industry in 1995 to explore her creative talents.  She began her career in the landscaping industry in March 1996 and has held positions with a major landscape contracting company in Apex, NC, and a leading landscape architectural firm in Raleigh.  Earthly Delights Landscape Design was created in March 2003.  Mary is a member of the Association of Professional Landscape Designers, is a Certified Plant Professional in the State of North Carolina


Earthly Delights is known for its creative and unique landscape design and outstanding customer service.  We specialize in residential landscaping, including planting designs, hardscape, patio, deck, outdoor kitchen and outdoor room designs.  We strive to incorporate native and drought tolerant plants in our designs, as well as non-native and non-invasive plants that have been proven to thrive in our area.  We are associated with some of the finest local craftsmen who provide landscape lighting, masonry, and paving & wall products and services.  We also create designs for those who wish to do the installation themselves. 


Everything - from planning, getting to know clients, watching the project as it's installed, and checking back years later to see how it has matured.

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Raleigh, NC 27613
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What is your typical process for working with a new customer?

There is no charge for an initial meeting. During this meeting we will spend time walking the property and discussing ideas to include in the landcape design. After this meeting I will provide a design proposal, which is based on a flat fee x hours of design and meetings. A preliminary design will be presented for review. A final plan will be prepared which will include a botanical/common name plants list with spacing and suggested installation size. Any details that are needed for hardscape construction will also be included. Please note: These procedures may vary depending upon the scope of the project.

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

I have a Batchelor of Arts Degree for Concord University in Athens WV. I also graduated with honors from Wake Technical Community College with an Associate Degree in Applied Science in Landscape Architecture Technology. I have experience working for a landscape construction company and a well know landscape architect before starting my design business in 2003.

Do you have a standard pricing system for your services? If so, please share the details here.

I prefer to charge a flat fee for the design following project details which are spelled out in the design proposal. I feel this keeps everyone in the project focussed on the outcome. If additions or changes to the scope of the project are made, change orders will need to be approved before additional work will be completed.

Open ended hourly projects are available as well.

What types of customers have you worked with?

I have worked with homeowner's whose house and property value was anywhere from $250,000 to $1,000,000+

What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a pro in your area of expertise?

Carefully check out social media and web references of the person/company. 

Be comfortable with the person you choose to work.


What questions should customers think through before talking to pros about their needs?

Think of your budget before you meet with a pro.

Listen carefully and ask questions.

Be comfortable with the person. Remember this type of project can stretch from weeks to months due to factors such as the weather or delays in materials arriving on site. Some delays are to be expected, but poor scheduling is not acceptable.