I offer two design services...

Co-Design helps you create a master plan for your landscape, in four, fun meetings.

Small Area Focus Design is for smaller area projects, where the design can usually be completed in one meeting.


Co-design begins with a site visit

Co-Design Service

I can help you design the native landscape you've always wanted.

I'll come directly to your house to meet you, see the site, and work with you. Over a series of four meetings, we'll walk through the design process together. There will be homework to complete between meetings, and you will really feel you are getting involved in your own landscape design.

At the end of these four meetings, you will be ready to begin installing your landscape with confidence. You will have

  • a detailed, master plan drawing

  • a plant list and suggestions on where to find the plants you'll need

  • a phased plan of which parts to tackle in what order

  • planting, watering, and maintenance instructions as needed

You will also have a friend to share the enthusiasm as you move along in your project--which sometimes can make all the difference!

The cost for this service is $1200. If you think this might be the right service for you, please contact me and let's talk about your landscape. 

Everyone loves our yard! We’ve done most of what we planned during our co-design with you and we love it!  We get complements from our family, friends, and neighbors, almost daily.  And, more importantly, several of them have told us we’ve inspired them to do something in their yards.

We are really enjoying it.  We’ve already had several fires in the fire pit, harvested some tomatoes from our deer-proof veggie garden and have received several hummingbird visits.  Ample parking for dinner parties and the mowing strip are kind of nice, too!
— KB, Arnold, MD
Small Focus Design in Cape St. Claire, Annapolis

Small Area Focus Design Service

Small steps can begin a great journey!

If you could create a beautiful spot in your landscape—just one area to focus on—what would it be?

I am available to help tackle small design projects that are easier on the budget. With one pre-visit phonecall plus one visit to your home, I will help you figure out what is needed for that one, small area to really shine with native plants.

What to expect with SMALL AREA FOCUS design service

This service is limited to Annapolis and nearby area residents only (including parts of Kent Co. and Anne Arundel Co.).

First, we'll have a short phone conversation that helps us both understand what your goals are for the project.

Then I’ll come to your home for a visit lasting 1 to 2 hours. During that time we’ll measure, analyze, fantasize, and conspire until we have a good plan for the area you’ve chosen. We’ll run through the whole, entire design cycle: site analysis, design, plant selection, and installation planning--all in one meeting!

The result is a clear, detailed sketch showing what to put where, and a list of what to buy. You’ll also get instructions on how to install your bed based on what’s there right now.

The cost for this service is $375 and includes the following*:

  • Pre-visit phone interview

  • 1-2 hour planning meeting at your home

  • Sketch of garden, drawn to scale, with plant names indicated

  • List of plants to purchase and local nurseries that usually carry them

  • List of other materials to purchase with likely sources in the Annapolis area

  • Instructions on how to prepare and plant your bed

  • Instructions on how to maintain your bed after it is planted

* Please note that this service is limited to Annapolis and nearby area residents only (including parts of Kent Co. and Anne Arundel Co.).

I found my way to Chris through the Adkins Arboretum Landscape Design Center, and it’s been a joy to work with her! She combines a deep knowledge of native plants and garden design principals with a genuine interest in helping me create a landscape that makes our acre feel like home. Each Spring and Fall I rely on her advice and encouragement, and planting day with Chris is one of the highlights of my gardening year.
— LC, Colton's Point, MD

Got a larger area?

Sometimes the best approach is really to design a whole master plan for your landscape, and then install in phases. That’s what our Co-design Service is all about, and it has worked extremely well…for lots of people over the past 4 years.