AguaFina Gardens International is a complete Landscape Architectural Design and Installation firm specializing in stone setting, water features, and detail oriented projects. Each project is unique on its own with a vision that comes from a collaborative effort between designers, project owners, and craftsmen. Our work is dictated by the client’s desires and the specific project goals with the result a collection of gardens as unique and eclectic as the patrons who allow us to practice our craft. While we maintain a reputation for Asian influenced garden design, our qualifications extend well beyond with our ability to perform logistically challenging projects worldwide and styles including modern fusion, traditional, natural landscapes, and more.
AguaFina is a direct importer of new and reclaimed architectural elements, found artifacts, accents, and stone. Our unique collection includes hand carved Japanese granite lanterns, fountains, water basins, reclaimed antique granite pavers, custom designed sculptures, scholar, and viewing stones, garden art, and many other hand selected items. In addition to garden sculptures and exterior pieces, we have available a line of interior items such as natural stone bathtubs, sinks, and intricately carved fireplaces to compliment any design. AguaFina is well respected within the design community and we have become a resource for architects, design firms, and homeowners who rely upon AguaFina for supplying accents to their clients or collaborating with us in fabricating custom and commissioned pieces.
FOUNDING PRINCIPAL: DARYL TOBY
“An environmentalist and landscape designer, with the soul of an adventurer, Toby, is as comfortable in a Brazilian rain forest as he is in a formal Japanese garden”. -Style Magazine-
Toby could be a case study for making an entrepreneur’s dreams become business reality, and furthermore a global success. His business ventures started at the age of 12, towing a lawn mower behind a bicycle, doing odd jobs and gardening. While still a student at Cranbrook he built his business and clientele and continued during his studies at Michigan State University, graduating with honors in Resource Development / Environmental Management. While at MSU, he participated in an overseas study program in Brazil, a transformative experience that eventually would be only the first of many extensive journeys in Asia, Europe and the Americas with a few other places in between. The experience of travel, meeting and working with designers, artists and craftsman from around the world, visiting estates, gardens, museums, studios, botanic gardens and simply exploring nature have all inspired his work. As can be imagined, Toby is quite the colorful character full of stories and anecdotes from his adventures, both in travel and business, which only he can really tell, even in Portuguese and Spanish. Integrating his passion for cultures and travel with the drive as a designer and land artist, he has created a flourishing unique business and all from a lawn mower towed behind a bicycle*
“There is a feeling and sense when working with stone that I find difficult to describe,but it is an experience when a stone is set properly or a garden has achieved a certain balance…it just feels right….that it is “meant” to be that way…that it “wants” to be that way.”