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  • EDIBLE LANDSCAPES, SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE, PERMACULTURE DESIGN
  • GREEN ROOFS, BIO-SWALES, AND ECOLOGICAL STORMWATER MANAGEMENT
  • LOW-MAINTENANCE, DROUGHT TOLERANT PLANTING
  • NATIVE PLANTS AND HABITATS FOR PEOPLE AND WILDLIFE
  • URBAN LUMBER DESIGN AND PLANNING
  • RURAL LANDSCAPE PLANNING
I work with individuals and businesses to envision and create spaces that are functional and beautiful, reflect deep community and ecological values, and engage people with their surroundings.

My services cover all stages of landscape design, from site assessment and big picture ideas down to detailed design and construction documentation.

Here is a sampling of typical project types. If you don't see what you are looking for but think I can help, please get in touch.

What's the use of a fine house if you haven't got a tolerable planet to put it on?

Henry David Thoreau
The green building industry is improving the way that development happens by producing buildings that are pleasant and healthy for occupants, use sustainably sourced materials, and require very little resources to operate.

I work with owners and green building professionals who want a landscape that robustly answers to the ethic and performance of their buildings. That means creating a high-functioning landscape that is beautiful, durable, productive, and supports ecological processes right on site. From storm water management to carbon sequestration to wildlife habitat, integrating ecosystem services with human centered design leads to better places for people and better outcomes for the plant and animal communities around us.

Design services are available through all project phases, and I can help project teams meet or exceed the site requirements of a variety of green building rating systems, including LEED, Living Building Challenge, and Earth Advantage.

Average Design Cost: $3,000 and up

Better than any argument is to rise at dawn and pick dew-wet red berries in a cup.

Wendell Berry
My goal for you is to have a joyful, productive, and engaged relationship with your personal bit of the out of doors, and have it function for you as well as your kitchen or living room. If you want to grow food, I can help you evaluate the best places in your yard to do that. If you want chickens or other livestock, I can help you work them in. If you simply want a peaceful space to entertain friends or commune with nature, I can help with that too.

Whether it's growing food, watching for wildlife, or relaxing in the sun, let’s create a landscape that works for nature and for you, a landscape that gives back.

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Average Design Cost: $3,000-$10,000

There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature - the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after winter

Rachel Carson
Bonfires, swimming in the creek, fruit off the tree, a wood pile where you want it, a barn where you need it. If you can dream it, I can help you plan for it.

I spent my childhood living in the country, and thinking about and planning rural landscapes is a topic very dear to my heart. I know first hand that fighting nature will always be a losing battle, that live, work, and play happen side by side, and that the most successful results are lovely but not over-built or fancy.

During the design process I will pay special attention to understanding the systems on your site, to creating an overarching strategy that helps you live within carrying capacity of your landscape, is efficient in resource use, and lets nature work for you whenever possible.

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Average Design Cost: $2,500 and up

what people say

“Having Caitilin on board with the Alberta St Pub patio renovation expanded my conception of what was even possible, and brought to life ideas that have now become reality. She carefully listened to what I was wanted and then gently brought me around to new ways of looking at the big picture. She understands how a space can work for a variety of gatherings and seasons, and how a landscape and its structures will grow, change, and weather over time. It was incredibly valuable to have her technical expertise in dealing with mundane issues like roof runoff and permit requirements – items that were way off my radar and could have been very frustrating otherwise. I am very glad that she was part of our team.”

Django Amerson, owner Alberta St Pub

what people say

“We absolutely loved working with Caitilin for our yard. We were truly at a loss about what to do as it isn’t that large but has a lot of changes in elevation. She was great at listening to things we liked and desired for our space and then creating a great design that was feasible and went above and beyond what we thought could be done with our little yard. We get so many compliments on how our home is looking from passing neighbors to long time friends. It has come a long way from when we bought it and we are thankful Caitilin helped create the vision to frame our home. ”

Matt and Anna Norman, homeowners

what people say

“We worked closely with Caitilin in designing and executing a long term, complex landscape project for our backyard in the Hawthorne District. After meeting and sharing ideas and photos, she designed an incredibly thoughtful, detailed, and creative plan for our backyard. I immediately knew that she understood exactly what we wanted. We love our new space and we look forward to working with her in the next phase of our project. I recommend her for any landscaping project; she is exceptional.”

Liana Corliss, homeowner

what people say

“We worked with Caitilin to design a landscape for our new preschool. She is terrifically good at stepping back and seeing the big picture, and then creatively and logically turning that into beautiful and functional spaces. Working with her we really gained an understanding of the way a landscape can work as a whole, and of the parts and pieces that complement that vision. She was always a thoughtful listener, but didn’t hesitate to share her point of view. In the end we felt like our ideas were an important part of the design, but the design itself gave our thoughts order and unity that was uniquely hers.

We often reflect on how fortunate we were to have worked with her, and the feedback we’ve gotten from visitors and parents on the landscape design has reinforced this feeling. ”

Norina Beck, teacher and cofounder at Rising Song Preschool

what people say

“When we decided to completely redo our yard, we had some vague ideas but we weren’t sure exactly what we wanted. Caitilin did a fantastic job of translating our general concepts into a beautiful landscape—one that suits us perfectly. She also provided excellent advice when it came to finding drought-resistant plants that look great but don’t require a lot of maintenance. We get compliments from people walking by our front yard every day. I recommend her work highly. ”

Lisa Cannon, Homeowner