Commercial Landscapes


Donna completed the landscape design for Renata, an award winning restaurant in Southeast Portland. An enclosed outdoor dining area features a pleasing mixture of materials including concrete, metal and wood. Many of the plantings are edible.

Vanport Marine


When purchased, this industrial building, housing Vanport Marine, a family-owned business specializing in ship repair, fabrication and rigging, was pounded by road spray and noise from truck traffic on a busy Portland highway. It was not a very pleasant place to work, especially in the front offices.

Vanport Marine now has a new identity with a new awning, trellises and welded steel planters designed by Donna and fabricated in-house. The large steel planters create a sense of enclosure and protection from the busy highway. The paint and foliage colors and the grassy texture were selected to evoke a feeling of ships at sea.

Lathrop Family Orthodontics

Previously fronted by poorly trimmed shrubs, this commercial building was mundane and not noticeable. A new sign, trees and bright textural plantings draw the eye of potential clients on this well-traveled street. The resulting curb appeal adds value for the new owner.

Rose City Park Presbyterian


This church is a Loaves & Fishes kitchen location and the site of a Saturday Farmer’s Market. With the building’s large facilities and multiple entrances, the congregation wanted to attract additional community events. The building was begging for a face lift and some curb appeal. At the main entrance, new pavers, elevated planters, colorful and evergreen easy-care plants, paint, signage and an awning bring new life to its aging facade.

A place to meet the community and sit and chat has been created out of what was once a sea of hot asphalt and slippery red tile. This historical structure has retained its original flavor and has increased its functionality to the delight of its members.

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