Meet Arnie Rutkis
Designer Arnold Rutkis focuses on designing with native Florida plants, mixed perennial meadows, grasses, unique edible landscapes, fragrance gardens & pollinator/habitat support gardens.
A sense of order and structure in his designs is achieved with the use of stone, subtle grading and layering of plant material and allowing for seasonal changes in the landscape. Mulches like pine straw and Florimulch are native to Florida and make up a large part of the finished product as well.
Arnie offers design, consultation and installation services with appropriate plant selection based on your specific location and site requirements.
His hardscape design and install services include
- water features,
- stone walks,
- rock edging,
- aggregates like pea gravel and
- sculptural accents.
Get to Know Your Designer
Having completed both a BFA and MFA in sculpture allows a unique perspective infused with a creative approach while completing programs like Florida’s GI/BMP certification help to ground decisions in a practical horticultural basis. His artwork is also in many private collections.
With over 22 years of practical experience in the horticulture industry as a greenskeeper, installer, designer & plant propagator among other things his blend of science and art lives on in his gardens big and small.
For 10 years he worked with the BSC Southern Environmental Center in Birmingham AL designing and co-creating Eco-scape gardens with other artisans. These community gardens were used to beautify, educate and provide a sense of habitat restoration within the confines of the urban areas of greater Birmingham. Several helped preserve valuable habitat for Darters, small freshwater fish in imperiled waters others focused on art and rethinking public spaces.For more info refer to https://www.bsc.edu/sec/ecoscapes.html.
He has presented lectures focusing on native plants & edibles to various conferences including
- Florida Wildflower foundation,
- FNPS Pinellas chapter
- Master gardener meetings in Florida and Alabama
- Central South Native Plant Conferences.
Currently residing in St Petersburg Florida, he hails from Connecticut. Find his work on Facebook or Instagram @stonehut and his website www.stoneshovel.com.