About

I am passionate about matching site appropriate plants and designs with my client’s vision for beautiful residential or commercial landscapes. Geographic areas served are Hays County and southwest Travis County, including Dripping Springs, Driftwood, Wimberley, Kyle, Buda, San Marcos, and Austin and its suburbs south and west.

My background includes a lifelong interest in the natural environment, a keen eye for good design, a certificate in Horticulture and Landscape Design from Austin Community College, a degree in geology from Texas A&M University, and master gardener and master naturalist training.

I am well acquainted with the factors that contribute to successful and sustainable designs given each site’s unique environmental conditions. I bring to the design table experience ranging from small urban front and backyard re-designs to upgrading/refreshing large flower beds to creating a large suburban backyard retreat and a re-do of a professional office building front landscape with high visibility by traffic/tourist exposure.

Recent Work

Large Rural Property

Before (Left) rainwater runoff swamped bed with water and debris; and after (Right) low retaining walls on two sides will protect newly added drought tolerant and deer resistant plants.

New Construction

Before (Left) preexisting lone live oaks; and after (Right) although small, these drought tolerant and deer resistant native shrubs and perennials will grow to fill the space with Spring through Fall color.

Small Suburban Backyard (Left)

Before (Left) dormant patchy lawn; no privacy; and after (Right) lawn reduction; evergreen cherry laurels for privacy; Spring to Summer color.

Small Suburban Backyard (Right)

Before (Left) somewhat barren backyard and after (Right) pittosporums, roses, pineapple guava for beautiful flowers, foliage, and fruit.

Small Office Building - Front

Before (Left) and after (Right) photos of a small professional building front landscaping renewal with a contemporary, low maintenance appeal.

Small Office Building - Side

Before (Left) and after (Right) photos of a small professional building side yard. Evergreen, ornamental grasses stand in well as a low maintenance, low water use substitute for a green lawn.

Small Urban House - Front entry

Before (Left) and after (Right) photos of improved entry garden flanking the path leading up to the front door. Gone are the overgrown, neglected shrubs replaced by color and textures of low growing perennials.

Small Urban House - Side view of front yard

Before (Left) and after (Right) photos of a now-tamed, attractive, low maintenance combination of ornamental grasses, colorful perennials, and dwarf conifers adding vertical elements for year-round evergreen interest.

Small Urban Corner Lot with House

Landscape Plan featuring an expanded deck for entertaining, dog-friendly yard, privacy hedges, color spots, raised vegetable beds, and a planted area outside of property fencing for low maintenance enjoyment.

Front and Back Yard Transformation

Landscape Plan for an urban property with a wonderfully inviting front garden area for neighborly drop-in, and a serene backyard retreat with colors and textures to be enjoyed both from the deck and with paths that beckon further exploration.

Get Started

I provide landscape design services that you can take on as a do-it-yourself project, choose your own landscape installation crew, or I can recommend competent, reliable installers for your project.

As an additional service, I can stay on as a project coordinator to see it through to the end. The basic service includes a site visit to meet with the client to discuss desired elements, vision, needs/wants of the new landscape, likes/dislikes/problems of the current landscape, plant preferences, if any, and the budget for the project.

Based on that meeting, I will provide a concept plan for discussion and approval. Once approved, I will then submit a professionally produced black and white CAD drawing of a design along with a plant schedule showing recommended species, numbers, and sizes. Let’s get started!