Inciting Love, Compassion, Growth, and Happiness Through the Design Experience

Who We Are

WHO WE ARE

We provide conscientious landscape design services with a focus on promoting responsible social and environmental change.

Strategy

OUR STRATEGY

We bring expert skills and reliable resources gathered from years of personal and professional experiences. As thought-leader Mickey Fearn says, “innovation, creativity, and systemic solutions grow in the gaps between the disciplines.” Our ability to convene the right people for the project makes for an exceptionally rewarding experience. In essence, we help discover and reveal opportunities for supporting environmental kinship while building relationships between people through design interventions.

Core Values

OUR CORE VALUES

Science-based design practices


Living our truths every day


Zero tolerance for discrimination


Integrity of approach (authentic,
transparent, responsible, thoughtful)

Curiosity, discovery, and learning


Promoting diversity


Skill-sharing


Upholding professional moral
and ethical obligations.

Actively practicing kindness,
humility, and appreciation


Self-care as an essential practice.


Heartfelt human connection


Designing like it's for family

  Stories  

Katherine Carroll

What is your professional background/expertise? I’m an attorney at a large international law firm, where I advise clients on banking…

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Ian Burkhardt

What is your professional background/expertise? I am a student at the University of Maryland in the Landscape Architecture program. I…

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Gretchen Robbins

What is your professional background/expertise? Well, I always say I have the opposite of a green thumb. I love the…

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FRED S.

What is your professional background/expertise? K-12 educator How did you come to know/work with Kelley Oklesson/Groundsmith Collective? I found Kelley…

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Glen

What is your professional background/expertise? I worked as Nursery Manager and Purchasing agent for a large Washington DC area Landscape…

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Ishraga Eltahir

What is your professional background/expertise? My professional background is in international policy and financial regulation in the public and private…

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Doug Adams

What is your professional background/expertise? Sound engineer turned marketing/advertising finance professional turned urban farmer! How did you come to know/work…

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Tim Shaw

What is your professional background/expertise? Homeowner looking for practical landscape solutions. How did you come to know/work with Kelley Oklesson/Groundsmith…

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Esther Mitchell

What is your professional background/expertise? HR and Horticulture (UME Master Gardener Coordinator, PG County How did you come to know/work…

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Cheryl Foster

What is your professional background/expertise? As a large – scale public artist, I enhance community spaces for communities along the…

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