how it works

 philosophy, services, and the typical work process


our work's purpose is to create beautiful and inspiring places that awaken the senses, celebrate life on this planet, and reflect our clients' wants, needs, styles, memories, passions and budgets; close attention is paid to design detail

at the same time, we focus on ideas and practices that help rebuild local ecosystems, support and protect wildlife, re-purpose plant and building materials whenever possible, pay close attention to water use and soil health, and generally represent an improvement over so-called conventional methods


There are some things we stay away from, roundup application and artificial turf installation being two of those

Design work

full scale landscape design

all architectural styles

eco-friendly solutions

creative concepts

site specific design

planting design


pollinator friendly landscapes

edible gardens

rain gardens

permaculture design

urban farming

coaching & consultation

installation work


specialties :

natural style stonework

creative retaining walls

dry set flagstone


creative drainage concepts



outdoor lighting

sheet mulching

plant placement

container planting

winter maintenance


some of the above installation work may be done in collaboration with our local contractor colleagues

steps a typical project  may take 

--first site visit & discussion, generally non-obligatory


--design proposal,  consultation fee proposal, or other appropriate  planning stage agreement

--first  design draft, discussion, draft revisions as needed

--materials suggestions, samples, stone yard visit, etc.

--plant suggestions via emailed photos and information; nursery visits if/as needed

--project installation estimate

--site preparation, unwanted plant removal

--installation stage, sheet mulching, grading, drainage,        carpentry,  hardscape,  irrigation  and  lighting  setup,  soil   preparation

--plant placement, discussion


--plant training, staking

--drip irrigation



every plant brought to the project site has been hand selected for best available form and health condition



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