My early training in landscape, dating back to the early 1970’s has guided me through several “green” trades – freelance gardening, orchard work, golf course management, landscape installation, landscape maintenance and landscape design. During the years in golf course management, I was one of the first to develop and implement a successful, non-chemical treatment of fungus disease on bentgrass putting greens – I wrote about this experience here.
My design sense has been formed by this diverse, in the field, work experience, as well as by informal, ongoing study of the art of landscape design. I have been influenced by the work of landscape designers Frederick Law Olmstead, John Brookes and James Van Sweden, among others.
All of my work is based on the premise that natural organic gardening and landscaping methods are superior to present day chemical methods. Mother Earth intended us to grow and consume food in its most natural, unprocessed state, and this approach can be successfully applied to ornamental horticulture as well. Growing evidence of the harmful effects of numerous synthetic products should urge us all to improve our environment for the sake of our children and future generations.
My design mission is to help homeowners grow a successful landscape with little negative effect on our environment. By designing in the interests of soil health, sustainability and environmental responsibility, we are most likely to produce successful gardens which meet the personal criteria of the owner…tranquility, privacy, color, etc. And these gardens will be as low maintenance as possible, requiring few, if any, synthetic inputs and only natural, soil-building cultural inputs.
My designs have resulted in successful landscapes throughout North America, dating back to 1999. My present work continues with online landscape design as well as taking on an increasing number of local projects in our rapidly growing area.
Thanks to the seasonal nature of my landscape work, I have been able to take the time to learn new trades. I am now designing and hosting websites for local and distant clients, and also developing a rapidly growing videography practice. See more at the link below.
I was recently honored to be named Priest River Citizen of the Year. I believe this award was a result of my years of developing local city parks and the community garden, as well as serving on several volunteer community organizations.
A growing part of our business has been The Landscape Market, our online garden store which carries only earth-friendly garden and landscape products.
We also find time to build websites (like this one) and produce video; check out Clearwater Web.
Some of our YouTube Videos:
A few photos of our gardens:
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