Long-term focus & highly experienced

...29 years & counting

Meet Leanne
Designer. Owner. Listener. Project Manager.
With 29 years in the industry, and 14 years as owner of Terra Design, Leanne has developed outdoor rooms for discerning, satisfied clientele throughout Seattle and Mercer Island.

The process is sound and straightforward, relationships with artisanal trades people and contractors are strong and in place. Your outdoor space can benefit and be the focus of all.

Specialties include:

  • complex, multi-faceted projects
  • well-honed hardscape design abilities
  • extensive knowledge of unusual plants, foliage and aesthetic textural combinations
  • working closely with clients to create unique & imaginative gardens that reflect the client’s style.
  • What you don’t know about her
    "When deciding to make a change (from medical sales) I had several thoughts, but walked into the NW Flower and Garden show in 1990 and had an epiphany. I knew this was where my heart was.

    I met a great landscape designer at the show and wrangled my way into his employment. Meanwhile, I went back to school - considered a masters at the U in Landscape Architecture, but it was too much about public/urban works – I wanted residential, working one on one with clients, so opted for a Landscape Design AA from Edmonds Community College. And I’ve never looked back. I am very fortunate to have found work that suits me so very well."

    Leanne has actually received several awards for garden design from the very show that inspired her.


    Your designer is committed to our community and currently serves as the President of the Association of Professional Landscape Designers for Washington state as well as volunteering her talents with community projects in Queen Anne.
    "We love the work that she did for us! From start to finish, it was and is a great project.

    Leanne was very professional and reliable, not to mention warm and intuitive."
    -Berkeley, Capitol Hill

    About You

    These components make up a great customer fit for Terra Design. Not all are required, but they are ideal.

    • Resides within the Cities of Seattle or Mercer Island.
    • Understands the value of working with a talented, experienced landscape designer. Typical design fees are $4,000-7,000.
    • Is interested in a collaborative design process between clients and designer which develops into a trusted short and long-term professional relationship.
    • Values that consideration of budget is an integral component of a success project and is comfortable discussing financial aspects including phasing options.
    • Recognizes the contribution to personal and family life, as well as increased value to their home that a creative, quality landscape provides. Typical landscape installations are $30,000-250,000.
    • Appreciates the value that a seasoned project manager brings to a landscape installation and that having the designer manage the installation creates the best possible results. Project management fees are 12% of construction budget.
    • Understands that maintenance, once a landscape is completed, is integral to its long-term success, whether that care is provided “in-house” or by a professional maintenance company.


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    Ready to meet Leanne in person to discuss your project?