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"ecology by design" is this: We create our environment. "Eco" = Greek 'oikos' (home), and "-logy" = Greek 'logos' (the study of). Whether we realize it or not, we are constantly observing and changing- designing- our lives within constraints and opportunities. Thus we craft our own ecology of living. Landscape design can turn a house into a home, it can be “maintenance free” but for occasional tune ups. A yard can bring the wild beauty of open spaces into our everyday lives, or make a small spot become grand. Since 1999• I have been fortunate to have worked for and with a few sought-after landscape architects, designers, as well as a wide variety of contractors, in the Greater Bay Area and Santa Cruz. After exactly 20 years in CA, mid September 2020 I returned to my hometown of Asheville, North Carolina. Now I’m back with the plants that accompanied me when I started this process at The Conway School in Western Massachusetts, and the native plant conference at Western Carolina University. Back To You: Your site's limitations and assets define the route to solution! Let challenges be opportunities for wins. Let a new, educated set of eyes and ideas help you solve it. I’ll support you from the blank canvas, until there is nothing lost in translation between design and installation. I’ll work with your contractor, your architect. I’m here to make sure the outdoors don’t get left out, because so many times- Outside is where you want to be. Outside is where the problem is. You want to see something nice when you look Outside. Plans are custom, thorough, and designed with your budget at the forefront. Unless your budget is endless, it will be key to have a good number to start with, so we can best allocate your resources.


Design team won Sunset Magazine's 'People's Choice' award, 2004 San Francisco Flower and Garden Show

36" x 72" x 3/4" glass & steel sculpture, permanent display, Fine Arts Center, University of TN, Chattanooga


Finding Teresa was one of the luckiest days of our building journey. She was able to take my wish list, budget, and blank canvas of a lot, and turn it into an exciting homesite plan. She worked within a very short timeframe to get all the drawings necessary to submit to our HOA. She collaborated beautifully with our architect and was fun and easy to work with. I appreciated her communication style - again, simple, clear and timely. I highly recommend Teresa for your next project.Read More

Teresa was a pleasure to work with on our landscaping project. It was a very steep property and we had to work within the constraints of the ARC in the community. She was very open to collaborating on ideas and completed the design in a timely manner. She was open to preparing whatever documents the ARC required for the work to be approved. I recommend Teresa for any landscape design project.Read More

Teresa was a joy to work with. She was creatively engaged and able to think outside of the box to create a natural, organic feel for our project. We had a positive, open line of communication. Thus, she was able to receive critiques during the process and make alterations as situations arose. On a personal note, I truly enjoyed her company and am grateful to consider her a new friend.Read More

Teresa worked very smoothly with us from concept through approval and installation. She listened to our ideas, applied her expertise in making recommendations, accounted for our surroundings, and oversaw installation (with a vendor of her recommendation). The result is a hardscape/landscape combination of which we are proud, and which we anticipate enjoying for many years to come.Read More

Based on word of mouth and seeing some impressive pictures of her work, we hired Teresa (or Tree) to come to our Coastal Georgia home to create a landscape plan for our newly built home. She arrived on time and was full of excitement, creativity and enthusiasm to fulfill our somewhat complex landscape design. We wanted a “Southern” feel for the front of our house (consisting of azaleas and other native plants) to complement the many established live oak trees in the yard. We wanted a more “Formal English Garden” feel in the back. Additionally, we requested a very large flower bed consisting of a variety of blooming specimen plants along with large view-obstructing plants (we did not want a traditional tall hedge) next to the detached garage. Finally, we wanted a tropical feel around the pool area. Teresa successfully designed each area with finesse and professionalism. Although each area has its own theme and feel, Teresa made sure that they all transitioned and worked together beautifully I feel 100% confident in my highest recommendation of Teresa and Ecology by Design.Read More

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