Nice home, great location; close to downtown Portland, but a difficult garden: a homeowner's dilemma and a landscape designer's delight. For over a year, Maury and Nancy Plumlee debated the pros and cons of leaving their lovely home or finding someone who was able to create a garden from their steep unappealing yard. They found Lori Scott with great ideas and a team of landscape professionals who could take Lori's ideas and create a masterpiece.

In 2008 Nancy and Maury had many desires for their new landscape: a water feature, a gas fire pit, a flat lawn for dogs, and privacy. They also wanted to be free of the problems: crumbling awkward decks, persistent swampy beds, and a difficult slope. After spending time with Maury and Nancy so she could understand their desires and needs, Lori created a design that addressed these issues beautifully. Then Lori walked them through the process of selecting contractors and installing the design.


The new plan expanded and simplified the deck design, creating an outdoor room adjacent to the indoor kitchen, and access to the yard below. The patio is kept dry year around with a carefully engineered ceiling, that catches the rainwater and directs it over to the downspout.
Lori's original design called for moderate-priced concrete pavers for the patio. Maury decided to upgrade to classic mortared bluestone in squares and rectangles. This patio, rock walls, gas fire pit, water feature and plantings were expertly installed by Kevin Schindler's crew at Autumn Leaf Landscaping.

The backyard's character is defined by the strong curve of the black steel and cedar pergola that enfolds the seating area, frames the water feature, and screens the uphill neighbors, while leaving room for the rain garden to collect water from the slope.
Nancy and Maury love their garden. It's everything they asked for and yet they're still tweaking it. That's just what we do with living art. As it changes with time, we find new ways to use it and improve it.


Ivan McLean is the featured artist in the Elemental Garden. Read his statement below.

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Arriving in Portland in 1996, the last sixteen years have been marked by the creation of furniture and sculpture for residential and commercial projects. More recently the scale of work has grown and the range of materials now includes kiln formed glass, carved wood and stone, bronze as well as steel in vibrant colors. I have been honored to be a part of several notable projects in the Portland Metro area and commissioned sculpture work installed nationwide.

I've been able to collaborate with many of the best landscape architects, architects and construction firms in the Portland area from whom I've learned to design and install sometimes very complex sculptural pieces, working with a number of trades, keeping to strict schedules and staying within budget. The design is often the easiest part, the challenge of fulfilling the vision is what I've come to enjoy.


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2014 Designers

Barbara Hilty, APLD
Barbara Hilty Landscape Design LLC

Adriana Berry, APLD
Plant Passion Design LLC

Marina Wynton
Olivine Land, LLC

Laura Crockett
Garden Diva

Bruce Hegna
Nurture/Nature Landscape Design LLC

Donna Giguere, APLD
Donna Giguere Landscape Design

Darcy Daniels
Bloomtown Gardens

2016 Tour Sponsors


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2016 Tour Sponsors


Custom Yard Construction LLC

PGM Landscape

All Season Plants


Advance Camera, Inc.

Autumn Leaf Landscaping

Cascadian Nurseries

Collier Arbor Care
A Division of Bartlett
Tree Experts

D&J Landscape Contractors

DeSantis Landscapes

J.P. Stone Contractors Inc.

j. Walter Landscape & Irrigation Contractor

Juanes Landscape

Tryon Creek Landscape Inc.

2016 Designers

Helena Wagner
4 Seasons Gardens, LLC

Lucy Hardiman and
Susan LaTourette
Perennial Partners

Linda Hannan
Hannan Garden Design

Bruce Hegna
Landscape Design

Lora Price
Design with Nature

Amy Whitworth
Plan-it-Earth Design

Annie Bamberger
Annie Bam Landscape Solutions

Alyse Lansing
Alyse Lansing Garden Design

Barbara Hilty, APLD
Barbara Hilty Landscape Design

2014 Artists

David Best
Best Services

Mike Suri
Suri Iron

Linda Ernst
Dancing Ladies Garden

Dorothy Steel
Dorothy Steele Pottery

Patrick Gracewood
Gracewood Studio

Zoe Bacon


2013 Designers

ANLD Designers Showcasing Their Work on the 2013 Tour

 Vern Nelson
The Hungry Gardener

Laura Crockett
Garden Diva Designs, LLC

Lori Scott
Lori Scott Landscape Design

John Gawlista & Izzy Baptista
Lapis Lazuli Tile & Garden Design and
Professional Grounds Management (PGM)
503-690-0652 | 503-206-5900

Debbie Brooks
Creative Garden Spaces

Adriana Berry
Plant Passion Design, LLC

Alyse Lansing
Joy Creek Nursery

2013 Artists

Each artist will be using one garden as their temporary gallery, showcasing how art and the landscape mutually enhance one another. Artists will be on hand to answer questions.

Ryan Beard
Victoria Shaw
Jennifer Ellsworth
Ben Dye
Gina Nash
Ivan Mclean
Jeannette Mullane
Chris Schwartz