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Dry Stone Walling Workshop, May 27-31, 2015, Seattle, Washington

April 7, 2015


Villa Academy Grotto, Seattle, WA

Grotto at Villa Academy, Seattle, WA

 Come learn the art & craft of dry stone walling while also helping to reconstruct the Grotto on the Villa Academy grounds in the Laurelhurst neighborhood of Seattle. After falling into disrepair a number of years ago, the goal of the course will be to rebuild it for use by the school in its every day life. Join world renown dry stone waller Andrew Loudon of England, Dean McClellan of Canada and our very own Cameron Scott, as they work with you and teach you.


The workshop begins Wednesday and continues through Sunday. Come for a single day or for the entire week. Meals are included. No experience is required.

For more information about the workshop and instructors please see the flyer (2015 Walling Workshop flyer). If you have questions please contact us at or 206.517.2650.

Don’t miss out on this rare opportunity to work with experts in dry stone walling in Seattle!


Come learn to build a dry stone wall!

April 4, 2013

DSC00383 April 12-14, 2013 Exteriorscapes’ Owner, Cameron Scott and friend and collaborator, Russ Beardsley (Owner, Borrowed Ground) will be teaching a 3-day seminar on buildng dry stone walls. This a great opportunity for hands on experience on the techniques of buildng a freestanding wall from the foundation up to the coping. For more information about the class, check out the course flyer by clicking this link: Introductory Dry Stone Wall Workshop

Exteriorscapes’ Corten Raised Beds & Herb Spiral published in Sunset Magazine, July 2012

June 27, 2012

Customed designed about seven years ago this garden is located in North Seattle. Our client is a former culinary teacher and she is very passionate about growing her own herbs and vegetables to use in her daily cooking. True to our mission we were looking to do something unusual and beautiful but also functional which worked perfectly with our clients who are both artistic and creative.

This potager garden consists of four raised beds that form an outer circle with an herb spiral at the center and gravel paths between. The raised beds are built with 1/4″ thick corten steel which is strong enough to retain good soil depth while minimizing the amount of garden space taken up by the wall. Corten steel is great for heat gain and allows a northwest gardener to grow more heat loving plants like tomatoes and peppers! And the plate steel is great for creating all sorts of shapes. Finally, corten steel is naturally weather resistant…perfect for rainy Seattle! These beds were designed to be seat height for easy access to the beds for maintenance, planting and harvesting. Steel tube posts welded to the plate steel every 24″ allow for poles for growing runner beans or a custom-made moveable seat for even easier weeding & garden access.

See the full article and more photos and illustrations in Sunset’s July 2012 Issue .

Hire a design professional…it adds value to your home!

June 5, 2012

And Exteriorscapes is an award winning landscape design build firm that will make the most of your investment.

If you are contemplating a landscape design project for your home and don’t want to spend the money on hiring a designer think again. While you might think you are saving money…hiring a professional to design your garden will probably save you money in the long run. A design professional can help you avoid unnecessary mistakes like choosing inappropriate plantings and guide you to a design that fits your budget.

Check out this blog entry for more ways to save money on the homefront while not compromising quality:

Exteriorscapes wins Houzz Award for 2012…Read on!

March 27, 2012


EXTERIORSCAPES of Seattle Receives Houzz’s 2012 ‘Best Of Remodeling’ Award

First-Ever Survey & Analysis of More than 1.2 Million Members Reveals Top-Rated Professionals and Current Design Trends from Across the Country

Seattle, WA  —  March 27, 2012 – Exteriorscapes of Seattle, WA has been awarded  “Best Of Remodeling” 2012 by Houzz, the leading online platform for residential remodeling and design.  The innovative landscape design build company was chosen by the more than 1.2 million registered members of the Houzz community.

The Houzz “Best Of Remodeling” award for 2012 is given in two categories: Customer Satisfaction and Design. Customer Satisfaction award winners are based on homeowner members who rated their experience working with remodeling professionals in 12 categories ranging from architects, and interior designers to contractors and other residential remodeling professionalsDesign award winners’ work was the most popular among the 1.2 million members, also known as “Houzzers,” who saved more than 16.5 million professional images to their personal ideabooks via the Houzz site and iPad/iPhone app.

“With 3.5 million monthly unique users and 80 million monthly page views, Houzz has rapidly become the largest community of active remodelers, providing homeowners and design enthusiasts with first-hand advice from Houzzers who have been through the renovating and decorating process,” said Liza Hausman, vice president of marketing for Houzz. “This is a real stamp of approval for Exteriorscapes from the Houzz community and we’re thrilled to welcome them to this elite group of ‘Best Of’ winners.”

With Houzz, homeowners can identify not only the top-rated professionals like Exteriorscapes, but also those whose work visually aligns with their own design goals. Homeowners can also evaluate professionals by contacting them directly on the Houzz platform, asking questions about their work and evaluating their responses to questions from others in the Houzz community.

About Exteriorscapes

Exteriorscapes is a full-service landscape company offering professional design, construction and maintenance in the Greater Seattle Area. Since 1994 we have been combining art, sustainable resources and individual expression to create unique personal sanctuaries that honor the earth.

About Houzz

Houzz ( is the leading online platform for home remodeling, providing inspiration, information, advice and support for homeowners and home improvement professionals through its website and mobile applications. Houzz features the largest residential design database in the world, articles written by design experts, product recommendations, a vibrant community powered by social tools, and information on more than 1.2 million remodeling and design professionals worldwide who can help turn ideas into reality. @houzz_inc

Exteriorscapes’ Cameron Scott to serve on jury for Portland: Northwest Natural Street of Dreams

July 29, 2011

Friday, August 5th, Cameron Scott, Owner of Exteriorscapes, in Seattle, WA will be serving as a judge for Portland’s Northwest Natural Streeet of Dreams. This year’s street of dreams is putting the emphasis on Green Building. Check out the link to see the houses and if you want to talk to Cameron in person he will be at the summer block party the night of the 4th.

Exteriorscapes’ Water Features on Houzz!

July 15, 2011

Check out the online article “35 Fabulous Fountains” on Houzz’s website for two Exteriorscapes’ designed features and more.

Irrigation – Can Save Time and Money

July 8, 2011

By Patricia Lenssen, RLA, ARCSA AP
Exteriorscapes LLC

Automatic irrigation is a popular topic when the sun finally comes out and the garden needs water. At first, it seems like irrigation is a luxury, but it can actually help you to save water. Hose nozzles and portable lawn sprinklers are easy to purchase and require no installation, but you will never know exactly how much water you are using or if it’s being applied in the right places. Standing in the garden after work holding the hose can be a great stress reliever, but if you are ready to let an irrigation system do that work for you, and you want to know how much and where you’re watering, an automatic system may be right for you.

There are two main categories of systems available – spray systems or drip systems. Spray systems are laid out with rigid pipes 18”-24” below grade and have nozzles above ground or nozzles that pop up out of the ground and spray either streams of water or water mist. Drip systems are made up of small flexible tubes just under the surface of the soil. Water emitters are punched into the line and slowly drip/trickle out water either right above or below the ground, depending on whether you are using an in-line or micro emitter system.

The choice can be a tough one, but here are some pros and cons that might help you decide.

Spray Pros
• More rigid and longer lasting than drip systems.
• New micro-stream heads (such as the Hunter MP rotator) are around 30% more efficient than regular spray heads, cutting water use and run-off associated with older spray systems.
• Requires less day to day maintenance. Problems are easier to identify and fix.

Spray Cons
• Function best with an irrigation clock, which can be expensive, but can also do things like detect rainfall and reduce water output, run several zones from one control location and programmed for daily, weekly or monthly variations. It’s easy to shut off some zones when plants are mature and no longer need regular irrigation.
• More difficult to change the layout and zones if plant types or other garden features change.
• Water loss is greater due to distribution above ground (sun, wind).

Drip Pros
• Most efficient of all types of irrigation systems.
• Can be set with battery operated timers which are inexpensive and hook right to the hose bib.
• System is quiet to run.
• Easiest to install by homeowners – less digging required.

Drip Cons
• Tubing is flexible and tends to shift around and work up to the surface – so maintenance is required to re-set the lines. Take care when digging and weeding to not slice drip lines.
• Emitters can clog easily and need to be flushed periodically.
• It is difficult to see if the emitters are not working if they are underground.

Some maintenance is unavoidable with automatic irrigation. Any system must be winterized in the fall and started up again in the spring. Checking for leaks and overspray are essential to achieving water savings. A professional will be able to help you get started or can take care of all of the ongoing maintenance for you. Being aware of your garden watering is an essential part of being in touch with the landscape – whether you decide to water by hand, or automatically. As water becomes more and more scarce and regulations tighten up on how much water you can use on your landscape, we will all have to do our best to save water and be efficient.

And REMEMBER, watering your garden consistently in the first three years is essential to establishing a healthy garden but be patient…we like to remind our clients of the following rule for plant establishment: first year – sleep, second year – creep and third year LEAP!

Good luck and happy watering.

Exteriorscapes featured on Houzz!

June 29, 2011

Check out Exteriorscapes’ work featured in an online article “Out in the Yard: Creating an Art-Inspired Garden” on the Houzz website.

Peter’s Pulpit: BEES

June 26, 2011

This is the first entry on the blog from Peter Lavagnino, Exteriorscapes’ Maintenance Manager & Plant Designer…our resident plant whisperer.

Bees don’t bother me. In fact, I invite them into my garden. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve learned to give them a respectful distance. I’ve also learned to identify aggressive species and the real estate they like to call home. In the end, though, we rely on them for food and for beauty.

The Modesto ash tree that grew in our family’s back yard while we were growing up was just such a piece of bee real estate. Its great canopy breathed and hummed from March to October, and we avoided it at all costs. Up one side of the block and down the other, everyone knew to run past this tree or risk being stung!

Inevitably, I was compelled to test that belief.

On a rare day when I had the back yard to myself, I thought it was time to challenge the tree. I strolled casually past the ash, making sure to avert my eyes so as not to appear threatening, just like I’d seen Jane Goodall do with Chimpanzees in Africa. As I cleared the danger zone, I turned to confirm that I was not actually being chased by a black swarm, à la Yogi Bear.

It was right then that I realized that it was just that…the cloud was 12 inches from my face and closing in fast. The last thing I remember before the pain hit was an extreme close-up of a bee face, his martyr’s dive landing right between my eyes. I ran blinded and bawling into the kitchen where my mother applied a paste of baking soda and water to the swollen forehead of her slobbering child. She explained a very important distinction that has remained helpful ever since: these were not bees but hornets!

You would think that experience and the numerous times I’ve been stung as a gardener would make me happy to see bees less and less, but that is not the case. Bee activity is responsible for over 60% of food production in the U.S., and the decline in their numbers has impacted the agricultural industry and home gardeners alike.

While I have learned that bees are territorial and protective, I have also learned that they do all the work. I just keep the weeds out. They provide me with prize-worthy produce and a display of ornamentals that constantly surprises. I have even moved in a small family of mason bees to bolster their fight against declining numbers.

Now when we meet at a crossroads in the garden, each of us busy at our tasks, they are given right-of-way. I also try to make them feel at home by providing plants that bloom for as long as the weather allows. The early part of the growing season is easily covered by Northwest staples such as daphne, hellebores, and Galanthus. Spring and summer are no-brainers, but the challenge increases toward autumn. Below is a list of plants that will invite bees over for a late summer party and make them want to stay.



Be sure to see Valerie Easton’s article “Keeper brings bees to Seattle gardens” in today’s Seattle Times.