Landscape Design


Celilo Gardens is a landscape design studio in Portland Oregon. We bring over 30 years of design experience and 25 years of plantsmanship to the landscaped environment. We integrate water wise strategies, alternatives to chemical use and vertical gardening into the smallest of spaces. We incorporate edible landscapes wherever possible because we believe this is a sustainable measure well worth the effort — this is not a trend but a lifestyle change. We pride ourselves on choosing the right plant for the right spot…the first time. And, we are nice.

A Word (or two) About Our Fees. We charge $175 for the first visit to your site to talk about your project.  However if you accept our design proposal and the project goes forward, we credit you with $150 for the initial site visit.  And because every project is unique to the site, size, complexity and the owners’ desires, our fees are customized for each project. We work primarily on a Fee Proposal basis for a complete landscape design or master plan. We also offer a quick Flat Fee Consultation (1½ hours of site time and travel time and 30-45 minutes of follow up for questions and/or research) for $350. Occasionally we work for an hourly rate if projects are not well defined or if additional services pop up. The current hourly rate is $120. Feel free to contact us if you have questions or need additional details.

We look forward to working with you.

** Celilo = “the echo of falling water”, in reference to waterfalls and cascades, native American in origin.


    • Hardscape design
    • Planting plans
    • Water features
    • Furniture design and selection
    • Exterior lighting

    Landscape Design

    • Bidding process coach
    • Onsite installation supervision
    • Plant procurement and placement

    Project Coordination

    • Coaching the beginning gardener
    • Editing and updating mature gardens
    • Resource referrals


    • Integrating edibles into perennial landscapes
    • Drought tolerant strategies
    • Organic and integrated pest management practices
    • Tiny Gardens



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  • residential
  • commercial