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  • Hada Flowers Memorial Garden
    Hada Flowers Memorial Garden
  • Piney Branch Road
    Piney Branch Road
  • Daisy Road
    Daisy Road
  • Reservoir Road
    Reservoir Road
  • Walhonding Road
    Walhonding Road
  • South Mansion Drive
    South Mansion Drive
  • Reno Road
    Reno Road
  • P Street
    P Street
  • Burning Tree Road
    Burning Tree Road
  • Lewisdale Elementary Rain Barrel Wraps
    Lewisdale Elementary Rain Barrel Wraps
  • Field of Greens Community Garden (University of Maryland)
    Field of Greens Community Garden (University of Maryland)
  • Barnaby Manor Elementary School Courtyard Classroom
    Barnaby Manor Elementary School Courtyard Classroom
  • Irving Street, NW
    Irving Street, NW
  • Shepherd Street
    Shepherd Street
  • Caraway Street
    Caraway Street
  • Fessenden Street
    Fessenden Street
  • Longfellow Street
    Longfellow Street
  • Walt Whitman High School Athletic Hall of Fame
    Walt Whitman High School Athletic Hall of Fame
  • Deanwood Recreation Center Courtyard
    Deanwood Recreation Center Courtyard
  • West Wyatt Avenue
    West Wyatt Avenue
  • Statum Road
    Statum Road
  • Arbor Day at Longfields Elementary School
    Arbor Day at Longfields Elementary School
Hada Flowers Memorial Garden

    Clinton, MD
    Job Size: Small
    Job Status: In the Ground

    Design Tools: Hand rendering & AutoCAD & Sketchup
    Materials: Donated

    Piney Branch Road

      Takoma Park, MD
      Job Size: Medium
      Job Status: In the Ground

      Design Tools: Hand rendering & AutoCAD
      Materials: Gro-Getters (Plants) & Savatree (Log Jumpers)
      Installation: Shorb Landscaping

      Daisy Road

        Woodbine, MD
        Job Size: Small
        Job Status: In the ground

        With the need to increase the square footage of their family vegetable garden, and the desire to create space for relaxation and contemplation, the Mattingly’s decided it was time to consult a design professional to sort it out. Ms. Mattingly absolutely loved the “old world” aesthetic of natural stone and wood, from which the architecture of the main house and stables were inspired.  She was also attracted to simplet, yet clever designs.  A few design schemes were developed

        Design Tools: Hand renderings & Google Sketchup & AutoCAD
        Collaborators: Matt Roth Photography
        Materials: Country Casual (Furniture)
        Installation: Hughes Landscaping

        *Project was designed and implemented while kelley oklesson served as lead designer at Hughes Landscaping www.hugheslandscaping.com

         

        Reservoir Road

          NW Washington, D.C.
          Job Size: Small
          Job Status: In the ground

          This adorable, historic georgetown property contained a postage-stamp-sized backyard that was underutilized due to the existing layout inherited from the previous owner.  The client saw such potential for the space but needed visualizations to select the best design for the family’s lifestyle.  The architecture of the house and garage were traditional and classic, so the client wanted the design to respond thoughtfully to the existing style.  We focused on clean lines, classic materials, enhancing/guiding views, and maximizing space.

          Design Tools: AutoCAD
          Collaborators: Outdoor Illumination (Lighting), Matt Roth Photography
          Materials: Merrifield Garden Center (Plants)
          Installation: Hughes Landscaping

          *Project was designed and implemented while kelley oklesson served as lead designer at Hughes Landscaping www.hugheslandscaping.com

          Walhonding Road

            Bethesda, Maryland
            Job Size: Small – Rain Garden
            Status: In the ground

            With climate change challenging our communities to alter our development practices, many jurisdictions are offering residents and business owners tax rebates to implement stormwater best management practices to reduce runoff.  Our clients recently purchased a home that was still facing stormwater runoff challenges even though each downspout was being directed into an engineered drywell onsite.  Most of the runoff was surface flow coming from the concrete driveway and across the front lawn, directly towards the house foundation.  The design challenge was to beautifully intercept and treat the stormwater flow while also creating a welcoming front entrance experience.  We ultimately decided to design and install a rain garden with artful stone boulder accents to naturally blend with the surrounding landscape. The rain garden was installed in 2018, the year Maryland received the highest volume of rainfall on record.  Talk about perfect timing.

            Design Tools: Hand renderings & AutoCAD
            Collaborators: Gro-Getters & Montgomery County RainScapes
            Installation: Hughes Landscaping

            *Project was designed and implemented while Kelley Oklesson served as lead designer at Hughes Landscaping www.hugheslandscaping.com

             

            South Mansion Drive

              Silver Spring, MD
              Job Size: Medium
              Job Status: In the ground

              You are not alone if you are one of the people who would rather use the side entrance of their house than their front door.  We were tasked with updating the foundation gardens of this 1990’s house while offering new entry experiences for both guests and the owner.  The owner prefered to enter the house from their side yard so we created a space that offered a semi-private and welcoming experience.  A series of outdoor garden rooms makes this 1/8 acre feel intentional, functional, and inspirational.  A trash enclosure was built into the privacy fence so it feels like a decorative outdoor closet of sorts.  We can’t wait to watch this garden develop its own lovely personality.

              Design Tools: Hand renderings & AutoCAD
              Collaborators: Merrifield Garden Center (Plants), Shemin Nursery (Plants)
              Installation: Premier Hardscapes

              Reno Road

                NW Washington, D.C.
                Job Size: Medium
                Job Status: In the Ground

                The Robbins family was looking for fresh and interesting ideas on how to update their outdoor living space to meet the needs of their active and social lifestyles.  The most precious areas in the backyard were dominated by tired, unmaintained materials and as a result, underutilized.  One of the most notable features of the property was the gorgeous stand of mature oak trees.  The Robbin’s made very clear that no tree shall be harmed in the design or implementation of the project. A large pressure treated deck was nestled between the garage, the house, and the property line with a 6’ tall lattice privacy fence.

                Design Tools: Hand sketch & Google Sketchup & AutoCAD & Adobe Illustrator
                Collaborators: Independent Custom Metal Work (Sculpture), HD Johnson (Gas Line), A & D Electrical Services (Electrician)
                Materials: Gro-Getters (Plants) & Dulles Electric (Lighting Supplier) & Restoration Hardware (Furniture)
                Installation: Hughes Landscaping

                *Project was designed and implemented while kelley oklesson served as lead designer at Hughes Landscaping www.hugheslandscaping.com

                P Street

                  NW Washington, D.C.
                  Job Size: Small
                  Job Status: On the shelf

                  This lovely row home had been recently renovated and purchased by a young couple who just welcomed twin baby girls into their family.  The couple wanted to utilize the full extent of the backyard, with an ambitious program requiring space for playing, dining, lounging, gardening, storage, and parking.  Particular attention was paid to opportunities presented by existing horizontal and vertical surfaces where patterns, textures, and colors were introduce.

                  Design Tools: Google Sketchup, hand rendering, AutoCAD

                  *Project was designed while kelley oklesson served as lead designer at Hughes Landscaping www.hugheslandscaping.com

                   

                   

                  Burning Tree Road

                    Bethesda, MD
                    Job Size: Small
                    Status: In the ground

                    Design Tools: Hand renderings & AutoCAD
                    Installation: Inferno Lawn Care

                    Lewisdale Elementary Rain Barrel Wraps

                      Hyattsville, MD
                      Job Size: Small
                      Job Status: In the ground

                      Lewisdale Elementary school teacher, Wendy Rouget understood and promoted the value of environmental stewardship within her students.  She believed that schools are the places where students learn about the interconnectedness of the academic disciplines.  So when Wendy approached the design team at Neighborhood Design Center looking for an interesting opportunity to engage her students, they had an exciting idea to pitch.  The design team proposed to create a digital montage of student artwork from earth day and turn it into a vinyl graphic for the school’s rain barrels.  The thought was that the vinyl graphic would, a) enhance the look of the barrel, b) communicate important messages about environmental stewardship, and c) promote a sense of pride within the students.  The end design product exceeded everyone’s expectations.  Designer Laura Kendrick thoughtfully ensured that artwork from each student was represented in the final montage graphics.  In fact, there was enough artwork to create two separate montages for each rain barrel in the school’s courtyard.  We are happy to report that the vinyl material has held up extremely well to UV exposure over time.

                      Design Tools: Adobe Suite by Laura Kendrick & Artwork by Lewisdale Students
                      Materials: Kerley Signs (Vinyl Graphic)
                      Installation: Kerley Signs

                      *Project was designed and implemented while kelley oklesson served as program manager at the Neighborhood Design Center www.ndc-md.org

                       

                      Field of Greens Community Garden (University of Maryland)

                        Riverdale, Maryland
                        Job Size: Large
                        Job Status: In the ground

                        Field of Greens community garden is an organic, ethnically diverse community garden functioning as a training ground for small-scale, intensive, sustainable agriculture projects. Located in East Riverdale, Maryland, the garden serves the local population of primarily Bhutanese refugees, many with extensive agricultural backgrounds and limited resources. The garden was started in 2014 from a vision of the University of Maryland Extension – Prince George’s County (UME-PGC) and the Prince George’s County Redevelopment Authority.

                        UME-PGC identified a few “reach for the sky” ideas as the project framework, and the design team helped turn those ideas into reality. The garden was designed to be visually interesting and take full advantage of the available space by creating inviting entryways and optimizing growing space for gardener needs. The design concept was was “fluid by design”, considering future developments in the garden, and allowing for a variety of community activities to take place. The thoughtful nature of the design allows UME-PGC to monitor gardener participation while also welcoming gardener feedback and buy-in for possible future changes.

                        Design Tools: AutoCAD
                        Design Team: the Neighborhood Design Center
                        Collaborators: Kerley Signs, Casey Trees
                        Installation: The University of Maryland Extension

                        https://extension.umd.edu/prince-georges-county/community-based-gardening/field-greens

                        *Project was designed and implemented while kelley oklesson served as program manager at the Neighborhood Design Center www.ndc-md.org

                         

                         

                        Barnaby Manor Elementary School Courtyard Classroom

                        Oxon Hill, MD
                        Job Size: Small
                        Status: In the ground

                        One-day, all hands on deck installations are some of our most memorable projects.  This project begins with a shining star teacher named Chandra Evans from Barnaby Manor Elementary School, who was looking for an opportunity to activate the school’s highly-visible central courtyard.  She wanted to introduce garden stations that would engage the school community, by presenting novel ideas and concepts for healthy-living.  The design team knew the project was most-likely going to be built by volunteers with donated materials, and maintained by students and staff, so a focus on efficiency and effectiveness was key. To support the understanding of environmental systems and human engagement, the design team connected two important processes by pairing a pollinator garden with a series of raised straw-bale vegetable gardens. Thanks to materials supplied by Prince George’s County programs, donations from private organizations, and a volunteer powered labor force, the school received a courtyard transformation.

                        Design Tools: Hand rendering & Adobe Suite by Laura Kendrick
                        Materials: Peoples Supply (Soil & Straw Bales)
                        Installation: Volunteers

                        *Project was designed and implemented while kelley oklesson served as program manager at the Neighborhood Design Center www.ndc-md.org

                        Irving Street, NW

                          Washington, DC
                          Job Size: Large
                          Job Status: In the works

                          Often times opportunities arise from presented challenges.  The Client had an immediate need to replace a leaking roofing membrane that also served as a large courtyard space.  A priority on pedestrian flow, access, visibility, and comfort inspired design interventions that would radically enhance the human experience.  Elements of surprise, interesting use of materials, and introduction of nature made for an exciting proposal.

                          Design Tools: Hand Rendering & AutoCAD & Adobe Suite

                          *Project was designed while kelley oklesson served as lead designer at Hughes Landscaping www.hugheslandscaping.com

                          Shepherd Street

                            Chevy Chase, Maryland
                            Medium
                            In the ground

                            Exterior spaces are conceptualized similarly to architecture of buildings.  Gardens are rooms with transitional hallways that guide people from one room to the next.  The Carroll family had a few key outdoor rooms and hallways that were ready for reinvention. A couple of site challenges included making narrow side yard areas feel spacious while also screening, greening, and maintaining comfortable walking access.  Incorporating flexible design elements for future additions/changes became an important design goal for the larger, open activity spaces.  We anticipate that some of the garden areas will change when the kids get older, as they should.

                            Design Tools: Hand renderings & Google Sketchup & AutoCAD
                            Materials: Merrifield Garden Center (Plants) & Tri-State (Stone)
                            Installation: Hughes Landscaping

                            Caraway Street

                              Cabin John, MD
                              Job Size: Medium – Outdoor Kitchen
                              Job Status: In the ground

                              Design Tools: AutoCAD
                              Materials: Tri-State (Stone) & Outdoor Living Today (Cedar Pergola)
                              Installation Contractor: Hughes Landscaping

                              *Project was designed and implemented while kelley oklesson served as lead designer at Hughes Landscaping www.hugheslandscaping.com

                              Fessenden Street

                                NW Washington, D.C.
                                Job Size: Small
                                Job Status: In the ground

                                Summer temperatures around Washington, D.C. can stay in the upper 90s for weeks on end leaving outdoor pavement feeling like a hot cast-iron skillet. For this project, the client challenged us to explore design interventions that would provide shade in an elegant, yet flexible manner.   We settled on creating a series of intermingled triangular shade sails anchored in natural wood poles, discreetly located around the patio.  The chosen cream colored fabric not only looked chic but blocked 80%-90% of the sun’s harmful UV rays.  The multi-dimensional form of the shade sails truly enhance the architecture of the house without the commitment to a permanent structure.

                                Design Tools: Hand sketches & Google Sketchup
                                Collaborators: Shore Industries
                                Installation: Hughes Landscaping

                                *Project was designed and implemented while kelley oklesson served as lead designer at Hughes Landscaping www.hugheslandscaping.com

                                Longfellow Street

                                  Hyattsville, MD
                                  Job Size: Medium
                                  Job Status: In the works

                                  Master plans are great tools for seeing how all the components of a property fit together cohesively.  They are also road maps for guiding clients on how best to phase a project over time.  Ms. Saint-Rain, who is a designer herself, wanted another set of creative eyes to explore the possibilities for introducing a series of ecological design practices at her residence.

                                  Design Tools: Hand renderings & AutoCAD & Adobe Creative Suite
                                  Collaborators: Natural Resources Design & Premier Hardscapes

                                  Walt Whitman High School Athletic Hall of Fame

                                    Bethesda, MD
                                    Job Size: Small
                                    Job Status: In the ground

                                    The Walt Whitman High School Athletic Board was looking to implement an athletic memorial of sorts to celebrate and commemorate past, present, and future achievements of the school community.  A designated location, size, and budget was already identified through stakeholder meetings.  Being that this project was in a prominent location with high foot traffic, the design needed to be flexible, durable, elegant, and simple.  Engraved pavers were a key design feature in this project, allowing the client to personally recognize important members in the community.

                                    Design Tools: AutoCAD
                                    Collaborators: Old Mill Impressions (Paver Engraving)
                                    Materials: Frederick Brick Works, Hanover Pavers
                                    Installation: Hughes Landscaping

                                    *Project was designed and implemented while kelley oklesson served as lead designer at Hughes Landscaping www.hugheslandscaping.com

                                    Deanwood Recreation Center Courtyard

                                      NE Washington, D.C.
                                      Job Size: Medium
                                      Job Status: In the ground

                                      We were beyond thrilled to work with the legendary Washington, D.C. artist, Ms. Cheryl Foster, who specializes in creating culturally significant works of art for public spaces.  The D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities had plans to relocate two of her recently fabricated sculptures into the Deanwood Recreation Center courtyard.  Deanwood has a strong and vibrant senior population, who were the main advocates for this courtyard enhancement project.  We were tasked with developing conceptual design plans that reinvisioned the space by celebrating Cheryl’s artwork and integrating community feedback into the design.  We saw the space as more than just a place to view artwork, it was a space to beautifully and creatively support the activities and needs of the community.  Resource availability shifted the scope of the project to refocus design efforts on creating a simple planting plan that supported the design intent of Cheryl’s sculptures and gave special consideration to the capacity of the Deanwood maintenance staff.  We hope that with additional funding, other elements illustrated in the original design concepts can be incorporated in the future.

                                      Design Tools: Hand rendering & Sketchup & AutoCAD
                                      Collaborators: Outdoor Illuminations
                                      Materials: Tri-State (Stone) & Summit Hall Turf Farm (Sod) & Olney Gardens Wholesale (Plants)
                                      Installation: Hughes Landscaping

                                      *Project was designed and implemented while kelley oklesson served as lead designer at Hughes Landscaping www.hugheslandscaping.com

                                      West Wyatt Avenue

                                        Alexandria, VA
                                        Job Size: Small
                                        Job Status: In the ground

                                        Accessibility and comfort are two principles that are key for successful design outcomes and no one knows this better than the Shaw family.  The Shaw’s have a wheelchair bound daughter, so entering and exiting the house takes additional physical and mental preparation.  They were looking for interesting and creative design solutions to drastically improve the functionality of their front yard to bring ease and a bit of joy to their daily routine.  The design plan took a radical stance on the what is thought of as the “front yard”.  In order to achieve a generous and smooth transition from the curb to the ADA ramp, we proposed to use an interesting paving pattern that essentially converted the driveway and grassy front yard into a multi-functional entrance court.  The modern paving pattern helped create and define an interesting new planting bed against the front porch.  Perhaps one of the most exciting features is that paving is completely drivable, being able to withstand vehicular weight.  So now the Shaw’s have two options when using the accessible van: park on the street and release the rampe or park in the driveway and release the ramp.  Life is made easier now.

                                        Design Tools: Hand sketches & Google Sketchup & AutoCAD
                                        Collaborators: Tim Shaw (Horizontal Porch Lattice) & Matt Roth Photography
                                        Materials: Merrifield Garden Center (Plants) & Hanover Pavers (Hardscape)
                                        Installation: Hughes Landscaping

                                        *Project was designed and implemented while kelley oklesson served as lead designer at Hughes Landscaping www.hugheslandscaping.com

                                        Statum Road

                                          Denton, MD
                                          Job Size: Medium
                                          Job Status: On the shelf

                                          Design Tools: Hand renderings & Google Sketchup & AutoCAD

                                          *Project was designed and implemented while kelley oklesson served as lead designer at Hughes Landscaping www.hugheslandscaping.com

                                           

                                          Arbor Day at Longfields Elementary School

                                            Forestville, Maryland
                                            Job Size: Medium
                                            Status: In the ground

                                            Prince George’s County makes a tradition of involving one entire elementary school each year to plant trees across the school grounds. Since 1985, the county has supported getting all grade levels in an elementary school to participate in activities that highlight the importance of trees in our environment. The Prince George’s County Beautification Committee selects one elementary school each year to participate in a week long celebration of trees, including in-classroom lesson plans and a school-wide planting day where each class plants their own special tree on the grounds.

                                            In the winter of 2014, the design team met with Beautification Committee members and school representatives to identify opportunities to plant trees at Longfields Elementary.  The school had an enthusiastic and passionate principal who wanted her students to experience the benefits of planting and caring for trees. Some of the factors and considerations that were discussed included: visibility/safety, access points, maintenance, sun/shade, soil types, etc.  An emphasis was placed on designing with native tree species to the mid-atlantic region.

                                            Design Tools: AutoCAD, Adobe Creative Suite
                                            Design Team: the Neighborhood Design Center
                                            Collaborators: Prince George’s County Beautification Committee
                                            Installation: Volunteers

                                            *Project was designed and implemented while Kelley Oklesson served as program manager at the Neighborhood Design Center www.ndc-md.org