5 Portland Landscape Designers You Should Know

by Ben Bowen

Here at Ross NW Watergardens we do design/build and our lead designer, Ben Bowen, does modern landscape designs independently as well.

But we know we are not always the best fit for every client or project. Sometimes we may also happen to be very busy

We love 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?

Recommended Portland Area Landscape Designers

A recent design-build project from Ross NW Watergardens

A recent design-build project from Ross NW Watergardens

  1. Carolyn Gregg and Christine Ellis of Gregg & Ellis Landscape Design are quintessential garden designers. And while they certainly place a strong emphasis on plant material I appreciate that both excel at hardscape layout (not all  landscape designers do!)
  2. Bethany Rydmark, LA is an 8th(!) generation Oregonian with a collaborative mind and broad influences.
  3. Lauren Hall-Behrens of Lilyvilla Gardens is a designer with a flair for the dramatic. If you are daring, appreciate drama, and want a garden overflowing with beauty give her a call first.
  4. 2.ink Studio. Landscape architecture firm producing wonderful modern and post-modern spaces. Have a sparkling custom modern home and (big) budget to match? I would take a hard look at their portfolio.
  5. Me. When we are busy you may have to wait, but I will work hard to make it worth it!

Landscape Designs On a Budget

None of the above come cheap (though Gregg and Ellis may do a one visit/quick sketch thing). Need a simple design on a budget? Here are a couple good resources for Portland homeowners:

  1. Hire a landscape design student from PCC. How much will it cost you? I have no idea, but please leave a comment below if you have experience with this program!
  2. Dennis' 7 Dees has a service they call "Planscaper". It's billed as a free design service for the DIYer.
  3. Portland Nursery has a design service that is very reasonably priced, especially for smaller spaces.
  4. Drakes' 7 Dees provides a design guide you can use to put together your own landscape plan.
  5. Landscape Design In A Day is a design firm catering to homeowners with small gardens or DIY aspirations. Their process allows you to some of the heavy lifting and save some money as a result.

Other Portland Area Landscape Designers

For  more information on landscape designers in the Portland area visit the Association of NW Landscape Designer's website.

Or just scroll down and see my full list.

Are you a Portland based landscape designer or architect who would like to be added to the list? Just leave a comment at the bottom!


Should you even hire a landscape designer?

You know you want a new landscape, and maybe you have a few ideas. But where to start? Should you work with a landscape designer? And what should you look for in a designer?

The benefits of choosing a landscape designer are many. A designer can work with you to find creative solutions to your property's challenges. They usually have a large reserve of ideas and creativity to draw on. If you want a truly unique and custom landscape- then a landscape designer is a great place to start.

When the design is completed you know have something that you can hand to any landscape contractor and be confident in the results. Having the completed design also allows you to do the project in phases, even over the course of several years, and end up with a harmonious landscape.

Most designers can also be your representative on the job site, ensuring the landscape reality matches your vision. If you don't have the time to manage the project yourself that can be a great benefit.

Is there a downside to choosing a landscape designer?

Sometimes. Creative solutions may be practical.... or they might not be. Some designers have very little experience actually building landscapes and are more prone to this. If you choose your designer wisely, this should not be an issue though.

Cost has to be considered. It will be at least $500 and up to $2500+ to have a design done for a 5000-7000 square foot lot. Is this a good investment? If your project involves many elements, a large area, difficult slopes, or needs to be completed in phases then the cost should not scare you.

In general, I have seen that landscapes involving designers cost more. Why? It goes back to those "creative solutions". Often the designer has something in mind that your contractor has little experience with. This adds uncertainty to the project for him- and the price rises.

There is a simple solution to the danger of a designer destroying your budget. Always make budget a core part of the design from the first meeting. If you have a landscape designer get started without giving them a budget get ready for sticker shock!

Creative solutions do not have to be expensive!

Finding the right designer for your garden.

What should you look for? 

  • Flexibility. A portfolio with landscapes in a variety of styles.
  • Simplicity. It takes a high degree of skill to design a garden with subtlety.
  • Approachability. Look for a smiling head shot and down to earth descriptions- a person you can see yourself working with!

Should you hire a landscape designer?

Maybe. Weigh the options, consider the cost. If you do work with a designer, choose well and you will never be disappointed. How did you pick your designer? Comments are open below!


Portland Area Landscape Architects

For more information about landscape architects in Portland visit the website for the Oregon Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects.

Lango Hansen Landscape Archts

Portland, Oregon 97209
1-503-295-2437

Laurie Sager & Associates Landscape
Ashland, Oregon 97520
1-541-488-1446

Macdonald Environmental Planning PC
Portland, Oregon 97205
1-503-224-1225

MIG Inc
Portland, Oregon 97209
1-503-297-1005

Murase Associates
Portland, Oregon 97227
1-503-242-1477

Nevue NGAN Associates
Portland, Oregon 97214
1-503-239-0600

Samuel H Williamson & Associates
Portland, Oregon 97209
1-503-226-7742

Viridian Environmental Design
Portland, Oregon 97205
1-503-222-1639

Jean Aalseth

Dutch Landscapes

503.771.2537

http://jean.aalseth.net

Patricia Acheff

Visionscapes NW Landscape Design

503-320-8427

http://www.visionscapesnorthwest.com/

Lisa Annand

Verdant Garden Northwest

503-679-5850

http://www.verdantgardennw.com

Rachel Arjavac

Gardens NW

971-219-9777

http://GardensNW.com

Rachel Belida

Daily Harvest Designs, LLC

503-683-1343

http://www.dailyharvestdesigns.com

Adriana Berry

Plant Passion Design LLC

503-643-5223

http://www.plantpassiondesign.com

Debbie Brooks

Creative Garden Spaces

503-519-5737

http://www.creativegardenspacesnw.com

Bruce McWilliam

McWilliam Landscape Consultants

778-919-6317

http://mcwilliamlandscapedesign.webs.com

Rebecca Clark

Flourish Landscape Design

503-572-3829

http://www.flourishdesigns.net

Darcy Daniels

Bloomtown Gardens

503-331-1783

http://www.bloomtown.net

Signe Danler

541-908-1307

Teresa Dennis

Teresa Dennis Garden Design

503-655-7226

http://www.teresadennisgardendesign.com

Vanessa Gardner Nagel APLD

Seasons Garden Design LLC

360-546-2746

http://seasonsgardendesign.com

Beth Goodnight

Goodnight Design

360-450-2103

http://goodnightdesign.com

Linda Hannan

Hannan Garden Design

503-314-7312

http://hannangardendesign.com

Rick Hansen

Pacific Gardens & Waterworks

503-682-4157

http://www.pacgw.com

Bruce Hegna

Nature/Nurture Landscape Design

503-957-7347

http://www.naturenurture.me

Barbara Hilty

Barbara Hilty Landscape Design, LLC

503-224-3947

http://www.hiltylandscapedesign.com

Matthew Holt

Grasstains LLC.

5035154842

http://whereisthegnome.com

Patrick Hughes

Wheel & Barrow Landscape Design & Maintenance

503.265.8959

http://www.wheelandbarrowlandscape.com

Bob Hyland

Hyland Garden Design LLC

518-929-0699

http://www.hylandgardendesign.com

Pamela Kill

Pamela Kill

503-267-2782

http://www.greengoldstudio.com

Annie Kirk

Red Bird Design

503-887-3439

http://www.redbirddesign.net

Kapa Korobeinikov

Kapa Landscape Design, LLC

541-760-7598

http://www.kapalandscapedesign.com

Alyse Lansing

Alyse Lansing Garden Design

503-543-7129

http://www.lansinggardendesign.com

Sarah Lowles

Branch Out Landscape Design LLC

http://branchoutgardens.com

Lisa Meddin

Harmony Design NW

http://harmonydesignnw.com/

Anne Marsh

Marsh & Fear Garden Solutions

503-244-4089

http://www.marshfear.com

Linda L. Meyer

L Meyer Design

503-705-5511

http://www.landscapesforyourlifestyle.com

Roger Miller

Homescaper LLC

503-648-4879

http://www.homescaper.com

Ann Nickerson

Ann Nickerson Landscape Design, Inc.

503-846-1352

http://www.ann.nickerson.net

Kip Nordstrom

Kip Nordstrom Design LLC

503-636-6840

http://www.kipnordstromdesign.com

Bondi Nyary

Bondi Garden & Design

503-756-9025

http://bondigardendesign.com

Dennis OConnor

Habitat Concepts

5033176553

http://www.habitatconcepts.net

Lora Price

Design With Nature

503-453-0448

http://www.designwithnaturepdx.com

Randy Raburn

Randy Raburn Design

971-344-2734

http://randyraburndesign.com

Ann Rad

Pride & Joy Landscapes

503.395.7880

http://prideandjoylandscape.com

Loren Radford

Radford Landcraft LLC

503-992-8468

http://www.radfordlandcraft.com

Colleen Schultheis

Colleen Schultheis Landscape Design

503-789-7041

http://cslandscapedesign.com

Marina Wynton

OLIVINE Land, LLC

503-944-9765

http://www.olivineland.com

Amy Whitworth

Plan-It Earth Design

503-239-0105

http://www.plan-it-earthdesign.com

Helena Wagner

4 Season Gardens, LLC

503-698-4612

http://www.4seasongardens.com

Phil Thornburg

Winterbloom, Inc.

503-598-0219

http://www.winterbloominc.com

Anne Taylor

Living Elements Landscape LLC

503-333-1590

http://www.livingelementslandscape.com

J J Sweeney

Salamander Designs

503-804-5252

http://www.salamanderdesignsnw.com

Barbara Simon

Barbara Simon Landscape Design

503-774-7415

http://www.barbarasimonlandscapedesign.com

Karen Schwartz

Calendula Garden Design

971 340 8946

http://www.calendulagardens.com

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