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What is your professional background/expertise?

K-12 educator

How did you come to know/work with Kelley Oklesson/Groundsmith Collective?

I found Kelley and Groundsmith on the web.

What was something that you learned while working with Kelley?

I learned that what I was envisioning – a combination yard\garden full of habitat-friendly native plants with plenty of room for a vegetable garden – was possible in our small suburban yard, even if I couldn’t figure out how to make it happen!

What did you enjoy about working with Kelley and how did she compare to working with other design professionals?

Kelley is creative, patient, analytical, and really listens. She’s a garden whisperer and her design creatively incorporated our existing landscape features with all that we hoped our place\space could be.

How did working with a designer impact the outcome of your project?

A designer like Kelley will help you connect the dots between your imagination and the logistics of what needs to happen to bring the project to life. Everything fell into place when we brought Kelley onboard. Our garden dreams…were realized.


“The Earth laughs in flowers” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

See Fred’s landscaping project