With a B.A. from Oberlin College in comparative religions, of all things, Shannon Springer first found her love of pulling plants and people together while running an outdoor education and garden program with kids at the Astor Home for children. Since then, her fifteen years of horticultural design experience has been largely field taught, and by extension, field tested.
Informed by a fascination with the forms of the natural world and the vernacular landscape, her work strives to explore the tensions between the wild and the domestic, utility and beauty.
Kate Prescott discovered landscape and garden design as a way to escape the straight lines of organic vegetable farming, which is not to say that she doesn’t appreciate a good hedge of boxwood.
During her time earning a B.A. in sociology from the University of Colorado, she came to realize the powerful relationship between plants and communities while practicing permaculture on Navajo tribal lands. Her sixteen years of horticultural experience has allowed her to integrate her knowledge and passion for plants of all kinds (except invasive species) with a desire to create beautiful spaces for the people who live in and among them.
Conor Durand has received a B.A. in studio arts from Oberlin College and an MFA from SUNY New Paltz. Both a builder and a plantsman, he has translated his formal training and artistic sensibility into the professional execution of functionality and form. He has worked his hand at wide range of projects from historic renovations, and timber frames to stone walls and meadow installation.