Most residential landscape designs in Portland are boring. We use the same plants, in the same ways, and spend less than an hour a week caring for them. The results are... boring.
Is it difficult to create a yard that grabs the eyes of people? Not really. Adding just one or two key elements to your current landscape can make a huge impact. Here are 5 of my favorite ways to wake up a slumbering landscape: Read More
A couple weeks ago I visited an old client in Lake Oswego. We have done 6-7 phases with him over the last 11 years. I really love his garden, and I think the picture below will help you see why: Read More
Yep, it's true. Ross NW Watergardens spring schedule is full. The projects currently on our schedule will take us into early summer. Our sole designer is fully booked. Read More
Ross NW Watergardens used to do a lot of irrigation system and water feature repairs. Back then we had one landscape crew, no maintenance crews, and didn't do any design work. We now have multiple crews and do quite a few designs. We don't want to add technicians, so...
We are no longer taking on repairs for systems or features we did not install ourselves. But don't worry, we have some great referrals for you: Read More
We are a full service landscape firm that can take your landscape from concept to completion.
But we know we are not always the best fit for every client or project. And we certainly appreciate that there are a bunch of talented landscape architects and designers here in Portland. So, if you don't work with us, who should you consider? Read More
When it is time to rent equipment (which we do all the time) I hop in my time machine and go back to 1985. Then I pick up a phone and start calling around to see who has the equipment I need. In peak season I may have to make 4-5 calls to find the right size excavator or skid steer, each time waiting on hold while they check inventory....
Open Rental is going to change that. How? Read More
Putting a landscape design together for a client is a process. Sometimes a long process.
It may take time, but the design process has a purpose and our clients enjoy it.
Find out why it's a good thing that Ross NW Watergardens landscape designs take time:
That amazing plant has long term costs. How much maintenance will it require? How much water will it use? Before you head to the nursery this spring spend a couple minutes thinking about the true cost of the plants you will add to your Portland landscape! Read More
If you have been following along with the expansion of Portland's Japanese Garden, then you know the name Kengo Kuma, the world renowned architect of the Cultural Crossings project.
His first US exhibition is coming to Portland in February. "Tsunagu", Japanese for "connect", will do just that; connect people to his work at the Japanese Gardens. Read More
I am going to assume you are familiar with Forest Park, Washington Park, Tanner Springs Park, etc. Those are all great parks. But we also have many parks that are less knows, but not necessarily less beautiful.
Here are some great lesser-know parks in the Portland area: Read More