Leanne brings 20 plus years of experience designing and project managing residential landscapes. She opened the doors of Terra Design in January 2006 and is the principal, secretary, accountant and chief dog-walker. Through years of experience, she has developed excellent hardscape design abilities, a strong compliment to her knowledge and work with unusual plants, foliage and textural combinations. Her forte is working closely with clients to create unique and imaginative gardens that respond to the client’s individual style. She has participated in and co-created gardens in seven Northwest Flower & Garden Shows, receiving several awards, most recently Gold for the 2013 show garden for Association of Professional Landscape Designers. Leanne holds a BS in Biochemistry from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo and an Associate’s in Landscape Design from Edmonds Community College.
Leanne is an active member and president-elect of the Association of Professional Landscape Designers in WA.
Personally, I get the biggest thrill from working closely with my clients to create landscapes that are 100% them: that integrate the way they live, entertain, play, their design sense, the architecture of the home and their budget. The possibilities are endless and it is my role as a designer to listen, elicit, translate, edit and bring into three dimensions, spaces that match their personalities - that suit them to a “T”. Landscapes are like music and art: there are countless styles and moods, but when you arrive at one that is simpatico, you know it.
Gardens are by nature a long-term enterprise and my philosophy is equally long term. My goal is long-term connections with clients, be it just a quick question, or an additional phase of landscape renovation. Equally, my aim is sustainable, responsible landscapes, installed with integrity, quality, and forward-looking technology and techniques.
Landscape installation, like all construction, is a process fraught with…well variables. The successful sheparding of a project from concept to completion calls on timely communication of all parties, keeping in the fore the big picture and the bottom line. And the process should be, start to finish, positive and enjoyable. That and nothing less is my goal.