Founded in 1982, Native Landscape Design and Restoration is schooled in the disciplines of ecology, horticulture, and landscape architecture. We merge an ecological perspective with artistic sensibility in the design, restoration and management of diverse landscapes. We are committed to the creation of environmentally sound gardens and restorations that fulfill the needs of clients while enhancing ecological function.
Our goal is to reintroduce native plants and to reacquaint people with the quality and character of their local ecosystems. Through reintroduction of appropriate local native and site-adapted species in a variety of settings, we enter a creative collaboration with nature by establishing a framework for plant community succession. This approach is holistic, and views the landscape as a tapestry of interconnected factors.
We are committed to the creation of environmentally sound landscapes that accommodate the needs and expectations of clients and users.
We merge an ecological perspective with artistic sensitivity in the design, restoration, and management of diverse landscapes.
Our expert knowledge of plants allows us to group according to cultural preferences; plant size, shape, color, and bloom are combined to create a setting that is both personal and unique.
We excel at innovative perennial border design that includes the use of non-native species, where they are site-appropriate and non-invasive.
Cole brings over 30 years of experience as a designer, horticulturalist, and naturalist. He founded Native Landscape Design and Restoration in 1982. A native of Richmond Virginia, Cole has a Masters of Landscape Architecture degree from The University of Minnesota. Cole combines innovative design with a thorough understanding of ecological process, botany and horticulture. Cole is a lecturer in the Department of Landscape Architecture at The University of Virginia, where he teaches about plants and their ecological connections to natural systems and cultural landscapes.
Melissa has a design consultation business and has been assisting Cole with drafting, design, and contract management for over ten years. She obtained a graduate certificate in Landscape Design from the Radcliffe Institute at Harvard University and a B. A. in Science from Hampshire College. Prior to moving to Charlottesville she worked for the landscape architecture firm Dan K. Gordon Associates in Wellesley, MA and was a biologist with The Nature Conservancy. Melissa and her family recently moved into an old dairy farmhouse where she and her husband are avid vegetable and wildlife gardeners.