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So You Think You Want to Hire a Landscaper

When filling out bureaucratic forms with little boxes, I struggle to fit the truth of what I do into the small box labelled “occupation”. Often I’m able to at least write “landscape designer / contractor”, which feels like a near fit. But if the box is too little, I’m forced to merely … more

Well-Clothed Landscapes for Low Maintenance Beauty

Picture your friend on a golden beach in her sporty little bikini. Nice, right? Attractive even! Now put that same good friend in your front yard in mild Oregon wearing the same spare outfit. Do you rush out to offer her a sweater, jeans, socks and boots? Of course you do. You’re … more

Open Your Doors

It’s our goal to design and build landscapes that invite you to open your doors to Nature’s beauty. What happens when you open your doors? In the words of William Blake, “If the doors of perception were cleansed everything would appear to man as it is, infinite. For man has closed himself … more

This Patio – a Tale From Our Own Garden

Even I couldn’t believe it when our beautiful flagstone patio became something else once again. But, this time it just didn’t seem possible. In a garden this small, a basketball court!? Tonight Aaron and our son Alder are thoroughly enjoying passing, spinning and “shooting hoops” onto our studio roof. With so many … more

A Flowering Family Sanctuary (or the dynamic results of clear design parameters)

Symmetrical and informal, straight lined and naturalistic, light and intimate: given these potentially opposing aesthetic preferences by a design client recently was really energizing. As I looked at their site and imagined the layout of paths, patios, and plantings, these design parameters guided my process toward something so “right” that it surprised … more

Springfield Garden One Year Later

This past spring I was delighted to return to the garden of one fantastic woman where we worked last year. Here are some photos I took on my visit: The entry garden plantings have filled in beautifully. Ajuga spills over the mixed basalt wall with Oregon native kinnikinnick (Arctostaphylos uva-ursi) at it’s … more

Phases of a Garden Retreat

Back in 2010 we installed half of our design for a very special garden retreat in the hills outside Eugene. The garden is detached from the house in a sunny clearing in the woods. The first phase included a hardy kiwi entry pergola, a flagstone dining patio topped with a custom grape … more

Rock walls: Beautiful and functional

Exploring Western Oregon’s spectacular outdoors inspires our work. This scene along the Middle Fork of the Willamette caught our eye recently. Mother Nature builds stone walls like no other! As in the wild, in the garden there is nothing like natural stone to bring a sense of enduring strength and patterned beauty. … more

Why People Need Gardens

With wet soil (also known as mud) coating my gloves, rain coat and shovel handle recently, I got to thinking. What is it about these special gardens that we create that really matters? In other words, why do people need these gardens? The biophilia hypothesis claims that our instinctive connection to nature … more