FOLLOWING NATURE’S LEAD
BEAUTIFUL FUNCTIONAL DESIGN
People thrive when they feel connected
to their natural environment.
From a downtown apartment balcony, plaza,
or pocket part, to a backwoods homestead
or a neighborhood park or backyard.
Landscape design that understands and
responds to local ecology and successfully
integrates people into the equation can
foster and deepen that connection to place.
I work with clients to realize their vision of an
outdoor space that’s beautiful, functional
and intimately connected to its
Whether that is a green roof planting for your
business, an edible landscape for your school,
or a peaceful backyard retreat for your home,
I can help you make the connection.
Yogananda Gardens are envisioned as a peaceful setting for contemplation and meditation amidst nature, installed in the honor and memory of the yoga master Yogananda. The gardens will be located on the property of Ananda Laurelwood, a non-denominational spiritual retreat center. The community is currently engaged in fundraising efforts to make these gardens a reality.
Recent Blog Updates
Gardening and landscaping with native plants is different and sometimes more restrictive than a purely ornamental approach – so having a good reason WHY can be helpful inspiration. For me, the most convincing WHY ever is the way that native plants sustain other organisms around them. The familiar narrative that says native plants are easier to grow and better adapted than non-native plants is only true sometimes, as it depends on what non-native plants you are comparing them to. For example, a parking lot in Portland Oregon may be easily filled with beautiful plants that are easy to grow, require
The process of planning and managing your garden for maximum benefit to yourself and the planet can sometimes start to feel overwhelming. I want my yard and garden to be beautiful, productive, low maintenance, low water use, and full of habitat value and other ecological benefit. Even though this is my chosen obsession, even I can get a little overwhelmed by finding the combination of plants and locations that accomplish everything i’m going for.
Every once in awhile I stop to contemplate the amazing qualities of trees and all we owe them – these giant organisms who we live side by side with. While we may often appreciate specific trees or trees in specific situations, I want to acknowledge the breadth of importance that trees have to human culture and to sustaining human (and non-human) life.