|SEASONS GARDEN DESIGNLLC
award-winning, sustainable landscape design for Portland, OR Region and SW Washington
"Her innovative solutions to problems, strong artistic capabilities and diplomatic demeanor make her an asset to any project."
Joyce, Tucson, AZ
"Your point of view...looking at the situation wholistically, is what makes you good at what you do!"
Amethyst, Battle Ground, WA
VANESSA GARDNER NAGEL, APLD, NCIDQ, Owner of Seasons Garden Design:
Originally from Minnesota, Vanessa moved to California with her family as a young girl. She also lived briefly in Pensacola, Florida and then earned a Bachelor's degree in interior design with a minor in microbiology. She was a president's scholar at each college she attended, including her alma mater. After becoming a commercial interior designer practicing in the Bay Area and eventually in Portland OR Metro Region and Vancouver, WA, Vanessa turned her design experience inside-out to focus solely on landscape design. Vanessa now contributes over 35 years of design experience and sustainability knowledge to each landscape design project. She also taught design as an adjunct faculty member at Marylhurst University and Portland Community College.
Vanessa is also a garden author with two books to her credit and a blog (see below). She writes and speaks about gardening and garden design regularly at Seattle's Northwest Flower & Garden Show, the largest show west of Philadelphia. Vanessa writes articles for a number of magazines, including The Designer (an online garden design magazine) and has written as Garden Design magazines outdoor furnishings expert. She is also a consulting expert to numerous journalists who write about plants, gardens, and design.
CERTIFICATIONS & MEMBERSHIPS
APLD (Association of Professional Landscape Designers), certified member*, Communications and Outreach Director (beginning 2014) on APLD's International Board, Oregon Chapter's 2009 President, and a member of both Oregon & Washington chapters.
Garden Design Magazine: member of advisory board until April 2013 when the magazine was sold.
ANLD (Association of Northwest Landscape Designers)
HPSO (Hardy Plant Society of Oregon), former director
GWA (Garden Writers Association
NCIDQ-certified (National Council of Interior Design Qualification)
IIDA (International Interior Design Association); past professional member & Oregon chapter president
Vanessa always exceeds the minimum CEU's required by APLD. When she attended internationally renown, Robin Templar Williams workshop, Robin stated "Brilliant scheme.", about Vanessa's design (see photo below).
Vanessa guiding the placement of new plants for the new flower border (sponsored by the Hardy Plant Society of Oregon's Clark County Study Group) at Fort Vancouver's Grant House. The garden is under the auspices of the National Trust.
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