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ecology by design

Landscape Architects & Landscape Designers

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Woman owned
Best of Houzz winner
Designing and Building Ecological Landscapes Since 1999
"ecology by design" is this: We create our environment. "Eco" = Greek 'oikos' (home), and "-logy" = Greek 'logos' (the study of). Whether we realize it or not, we are constantly observing and changing- designing- our lives within constraints and opportunities. Thus we craft our own ecology of living. Landscape design can turn a house into a home, it can be “maintenance free” but for occasional tune ups. A yard can bring the wild beauty of open spaces into our everyday lives, or make a small spot become grand. Since 1999• I have been fortunate to have worked for and with a few sought-after landscape architects, designers, as well as a wide variety of contractors, in the Greater Bay Area and Santa Cruz. After exactly 20 years in CA, mid September 2020 I returned to my hometown of Asheville, North Carolina. Now I’m back with the plants that accompanied me when I started this process at The Conway School in Western Massachusetts, and the native plant conference at Western Carolina University. Back To You: Your site's limitations and assets define the route to solution! Let challenges be opportunities for wins. Let a new, educated set of eyes and ideas help you solve it. I’ll support you from the blank canvas, until there is nothing lost in translation between design and installation. I’ll work with your contractor, your architect. I’m here to make sure the outdoors don’t get left out, because so many times- Outside is where you want to be. Outside is where the problem is. You want to see something nice when you look Outside. Plans are custom, thorough, and designed with your budget at the forefront. Unless your budget is endless, it will be key to have a good number to start with, so we can best allocate your resources.

Services Provided

Custom Bocce Ball Courts, Custom Fire Pits, Custom Water Features, Deck Design, Dog Runs, Drafting, Drought Tolerant Landscaping, Edible Gardens, Garden Design, Gazebo Design & Construction, Green Roofing, Hardscaping, Landscape Design, Landscape Plans, Living Walls, Native Plants, Natural Swimming Pools, Organic Gardens, Outdoor Lighting Design, Patio Design, Pond Construction, Pool Landscaping, Project Management, Shed Design, Site Planning, Swimming Pool Design, Construction Drawings, Masonry

Areas Served

Alexander, Arden, Asheville, Avery Creek, Bent Creek, Biltmore Forest, Candler, Enka, Fairview, Leicester, Mills River, Royal Pines, Skyland, Swannanoa, Weaverville, Woodfin, Ben Lomond, Bonny Doon, Boulder Creek, Capitola, Felton, Los Gatos, Santa Cruz, Scotts Valley, Soquel, Berkeley, Oakland, San Francisco, Inverness, Saratoga, Woodside, La Honda, Carmel Valley, Carmel, Monterey, Pacific Grove, Contra Costa County, Marin County, San Mateo County, Pacifica, Portola Valley, Mill Valley, Sausalito, Fairfax, Stinson Beach, Tiburon, Muir Beach, Dillon Beach


Design team won Sunset Magazine's 'People's Choice' award, 2004 San Francisco Flower and Garden Show 36" x 72" x 3/4" glass & steel sculpture, permanent display, Fine Arts Center, University of TN, Chattanooga

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ecology by design
Average rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Asheville, NC 28801
Typical Job Cost $2,900 - 7,000
Cost depends on size and scope of project.