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What would it be like if you could feel joy and happiness every time you walk out your front door? I’m a landscape designer and I do just that. I work with people to create a landscape that makes you smile. A landscape that is a heart and soul expression of you.


If you walk out your front door and smile, I’ve done my job well.


What I have found is that my most exhilarating projects are those that are a true expression of my heart and soul. When I’m helping you create the landscape of your dreams, what I really want to know is what makes your heart sing and how can I incorporate that in your landscape so you experience it on a daily basis.


Are you waiting to hear that I have degrees in ornamental horticulture, landscape architecture, concentrated in ecological design, have worked for the National Park Service, design-build firms and started my own design business? Well yes, there’s that too. About 15 years ago, I started my own landscape design business and for the last three years I have also been the outdoor classroom coordinator for Sligo Creek Elementary School.

TESTIMONIALS

Relationship: Client
Review Date: Oct 2019

I wanted to transform my front lawn into a butterfly garden and Laura delivered in spades! It now teems with pollinators and fragrant flowers. I asked for a tough combination of easy-care, deer-resistant, and pollinator-friendly. She figured out how to do so and with a harmonious whole. I was also impressed that she followed through at the end of the year with replacing plantings that had not worked out. Throughout she was cheerful, knowledgeable, and professional. I've had many neighbors stop by to express how much they liked it.Read More

Relationship: Client
Review Date: Jun 2019

After several years of attempting (and failing) to design my own backyard garden we hired Laura to completely overhaul the layout of our DC rowhouse yard. She listened to our requirements (mainly that we wanted a rain garden) and brought some great ideas to the table: the design of a "kids corner" for our sons to play in, the introduction of river rocks and boulders to create a stream effect in our rain garden, and the terracing of our raised bed to save space. The plants that Laura suggested are doing great and she was even able to reuse some of the existing perennials.Read More

Relationship: Client
Review Date: Dec 2018

I am so pleased with the garden Laura designed for me in a shady corner of my backyard. She listened to my needs and we had a discussion of her ideas: the resulting garden is a delight to work in and to watch from my kitchen windows, whatever the season. It has attracted species of birds that I have nor previously seen in my garden. I am looking forward to working with Laura on other parts of my front and backyard in the coming years.Read More

Relationship: Client
Review Date: Mar 2018

Laura is fantastic! I was looking for someone to develop a landscape plan for my recent Cape Cod Cottage purchase and Laura delivered exactly what I wanted even though I had difficulty describing it myself. She was so much fun to work with, incorporated plants from my Houzz boards, and gave me a full color design and detailed instructions for implementation. I can't wait to share pictures of the finished project!Read More

Relationship: Client
Review Date: Aug 2017

Laura is very knowledgeable and passionate about gardening. In addition, she is very thoughtful when it comes to landscape design and respecting the earth!. We have a complicated hill in the back of our home that requires a lot of maintenance. Laura provided us with some thoughtful ideas for managing the hill with plantings, stone work and drainage. We look forward to our continued work with Laura on the ever evolving garden! .Read More

Relationship: Client
Review Date: Jul 2017

Laura has done multiple design projects for us beginning in 2006, with the last project being a new design for our front yard in 2016 after an old oak tree had to be removed. We bought an older house in Silver Spring in 2003 and wanted to update the yard, front back and side, but in stages. We have been extremely pleased with all of her designs and would definitely use her again. Best thing about Laura is that she listens! She hears what you envision, what type of plants you like and how much work you want to put into maintaining your landscape. She is very knowledgeable in landscape design, drainage and maintenance and recommends great people for installation.Read More

Relationship: Client
Review Date: Jul 2017

We needed a solution to our flooding backyard during rain storms and they suggested a rain garden, we couldn't be happier with the results! Not only does it properly irrigate our property, it looks amazing and keeps our entire yard well watered. Our neighbors to the back are constantly admiring our landscape now, I only wish I had more space for one in the front yard.Read More

Relationship: Received an estimate
Review Date: Jul 2017

Laura was absolutely great! She translated my wish list for a backyard oasis into an affordable landscape/harscape plan. You won't regret giving her your business.Read More

Relationship: Client
Review Date: Jun 2017

We had a "problem area" in our yard that was crying for attention. Laura took one look at it and immediately knew what to do. She listened to what we wanted, then offered many terrific suggestions and options. She is a fountain of ideas! Laura presented us with a full drawing, firm work schedule and (reasonable) fee. Our yard looks beautiful now! She and her crew really nailed it - we couldn't be happier.Read More

Relationship: Colleague
Review Date: May 2017

Laura is the BEST! She is great with hard scape and planting design, even on the spot. Her knowledge of plants, especially edible plants, is vast. She is super easy to work with and is happy to share her knowledge with the customer. I highly recommend her.Read More

Relationship: Client
Review Date: May 2017

Laura completely transformed the kindergarten courtyard at our school. It went from a mess of concrete and weeds to a children's wonderland complete with a beautiful shade garden, fairy gardens with fairy furniture!, and a sand area. She did an excellent job of considering her clientele and the growing conditions. She also took the time to sit down with teachers and other school personnel to clearly present her plans and get feedback. The whole process was quick and smooth. We feel so lucky to have gotten to work with Laura!Read More

Relationship: Client
Review Date: May 2017

Laura designed a landscaping plan for our new home. She was very thorough in her discussions with us, taking the time to learn about what we were looking for in terms of style, appearance, cost, and up-keep. She also happily designed to meet our jurisdiction's storm-water requirements related to the number, type, and spacing of trees. She easy to work with and we love the plan she designed. I would highly recommend her.Read More