Kirkland Sneak Peek

Here’s a sneak peek of an outdoor living space in Kirkland that we photographed this morning.  Thanks to John Granen and his assistant Ben Schauland for photographing this space and a number of other SEI gardens and a few outdoor living spaces over the past weeks. Stay tuned!  We’ll be updating our website soon to with these […]

Sneak Peek

It’s been a busy and exciting Spring and Summer at SEI. We’ve been working on many interesting projects — from tiny back yards in Capital Hill, Green Lake and Montlake designed to maximize outdoor living, to a spectacular terrace garden high above Second Avenue in downtown Seattle, to a landscape for a traditional Japanese Tea House. Our website will […]

Where Are The Plants?

Here’s an outdoor living space we finished last year in Kirkland.  I like how the mix of materials, colors and patterns make the space visually interesting and give it a lot of energy.  The space looks great all year round and appears much bigger than it is.  In fact, there are just a few plants […]

Thanks Sawyer!

Recently,  I was getting ready to leave a job site when the client came out and said her 5 year old son had something for me.  I went inside and he gave me a  ‘work order’ with a few things he wanted included in the garden. He let me know that he definitely didn’t want […]

A Picture Says a Thousand Words

I was scrolling through the photos on my phone this evening when this picture caught my attention.  It is of a garden on Capitol Hill that we installed last winter.  The reason I originally took this picture – and why it caught my attention again – is that it captures the essence of much of […]

Basalt Column Feature in Entry Courtyard

We completed this entry courtyard last fall.  I love its simple, graphic design. It will look fantastic every day of the year, offers a different experience when you enter and leave the courtyard, and is easy to maintain. The main feature is the basalt column and its polished, mirror-like top.  Conceptually, I envisioned this as a […]

Fall Colors: It’s Not Just the Trees

The rain has finally let-up for a couple days – giving the sun a chance to shine on one of our recently completed projects. Gordon, a long-time SEI employee was treated to this wonderful sight the other morning and sent me this picture.  He was struck by how beautifully the steel walls echo the changing […]

Gray Magazine On-line Features SEI Project

Halloween is just a few days away, but don’t fooled by the pumpkins on the front porch!  The first picture below was taken a few years ago before we were hired to design a new front entry landscape for this Kirkland home and its exterior remodel.  Read more in is this Gray Magazine On-line article. […]

Hidden Hot Tubs

We currently have a couple clients with small back yards who want to install hot tubs, but don’t want to sacrifice all the usable space that the tubs occupy when they are not being used. Check-out these solutions for concealing hot tubs and maximizing the space around — and over — them.

Looking Back…

Looking back at my college years, I can’t forget how fortunate I was when graduation season approached. By the time I finished Landscape Architecture School in 1999, I had already started my landscape construction business.  A couple of my classmates bypassed working for landscape architecture firms that focused on public and commercial projects.  Instead, they started […]