The Design Process


Designs are inspired by place and personality. Gardens can be metaphors for our impact on the world around us; exhausting or exhilarating expressions that have the ability to speak to our inner state of being. A garden is alive and therefore constantly growing and changing, and in that way never "finished" in the way a structure can be. Oftentimes, the beauty in a garden lies in the unexpected and is an unrepeatable snapshot in time. Our namesake, the coyote, represents a spirit of openness to seize a moment of unexpected opportunity, a willingness to change course and adjust to new challenges and solutions as they present themselves. A good garden design is like the setting of a stage in which nature will act out it's drama. Good soil preparation, durable material choices, and correct plant selection are the beginning to a successful landscape. Whether you are seeking to enrich your current garden’s potential or build a new landscape from scratch, the priority for me as a landscape designer is to put together the ingredients that will bring increased health, beauty, and function to the site.

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  • Bachelors of Landscape Architecture from Michigan State University (2005) The well-balanced design and technical curriculum was the foundation for my experience as a landscape designer.
  • Stream Restoration Project Manager and Education and Outreach Coordinator (2005-2007)  This experience awarded me a wealth of knowledge about native plant communities, riparian restoration, historic research, grant writing, and general awareness about our local climate, ecology, and history.
  • Coyote Gardens Founder (2007-present) Started as a specialty company offering conscientious, organic landscape maintenance we have grown to be a full-service landscape contracting company. Many hours as a Land Care Professional now inform my designs.


Starter Package

$150 for local sites - Includes 1-2 hour consultation, and follow up email with plant list and recommendations. As an experienced organic coastal gardener I can share with you time tested techniques for success. I specialize in both native plant ecology as well as whimsical colorful country cottage plantings.  


Landscape Design inspired by place and personality...

$65/hr (Residential Designs starting at $900)
At the core of my designs is sustainability for coastal environments. I do not specialize in any one particular style and am flexible to create a garden that is the style that is right for you. Personalized design to fit the architecture of your home, maintenance commitment, and aesthetic. Design is a process we go through together to arrive at a plan you can love and also maintain. Explore what you want and emerge with a plan to communicate to potential installers as you enter the bidding and estimation phase.