Testimonials

Portland Oregon Landscape Design

When you need help with your residential small city garden, Carol is there as your landscape designer. Whether it’s drought tolerant plants, low maintenance landscape, design for NW native plants, or more; her affordable landscaping has helped all of her Portland Oregon area clients. Call to learn more about her landscape design process.

Patio Sellwood East Moreland residential landscape design

“Carol was a pioneer in design-in-a-day garden consulting. As a result, people who couldn’t afford a full-on design were able to have a beautiful, useful space to enjoy. Carol’s designs reflect her talent for communicating with clients to bring out what they want, often before they know what they want. Her designs are innovative, insightful and sometimes spiritual.”

~ Kym Pokorny, former garden writer for Oregonian

“Carol’s process is very collaborative. She asks lots of questions, requests photos of your outside space, and has a scheduled in-depth phone conversation with you — and that’s all before she ever sets foot in your yard for her Design in a Day. This allows her to learn your preferences, the challenges of the property, and gets her creative juices flowing, all before she ever meets you and creates the design for your outside space. We are thrilled with the designs she created for both our front and back yards, which were executed and installed by D and J Landscape Contractors (another highly recommended company). The yards have been transformed into welcoming, beautiful spaces that we appreciate every day, whether we’re looking at our new views out the windows, or enjoying dinner outside.”

~ Patricia Maddox   N.E. Portland

“I’ve worked with landscape architects and designers in the past and have had mediocre experiences. Carol’s “Design-in-a-Day” process is brilliant. She is so efficient making the process accessible both from a time commitment and a financial perspective. Her process drives the results and for me that looked like a very smart design using a super small space and the resources that we had. And, Carol herself is lovely. What I enjoyed the most in working with her is that she did not push her design style or preferences at all – she listened, respected and worked with my esthetic. I think this trait is rare for designers. I would highly recommend Carol.”

~ Jen Martin   N.E. Portland

“My garden adventures with Carol, Design In A Day, begin in 2010. Carol took my “mismatched” garden and pulled it together by incorporating a variety of plants which added interesting leaf shapes, texture, and color. The addition of stone paths and walls, art pieces, and a deck with planter boxes created a garden that blends continuity, interest, and beauty. Since a garden is an ever-changing palate, I have continued to work with Carol as my garden coach so my garden space will continue to thrive.
“Carol is professional, knowledgeable, and talented. She’s a good listener and will collaborate with a team of experienced and creative contractors as well as resources for plants. With Carol’s style of landscape design one can select from a wide menu of options- from a garden design only where the client does the work, to a design and consultation, up to supervision of the project.”

~ Lois Waldron   East Moreland

“Carol from Landscape Design in a Day helped us build the foundation of our new home landscaping project. Even though I’m an avid gardener, I had never been faced with a totally blank canvas on a very public corner property with heavy foot traffic. I knew I needed some help to make my yard a showcase for incorporating food crops and garden rooms into the design. On a wet afternoon, we huddled under the small covered patio while she listened to my needs and starting drawing out options. She thoughtfully created paths that flowed through the property, developed a private work area by properly locating the garden shed, and found places within the landscape to highlight my garden benches and a spoke fence that has been in the family for generations. I was and am very pleased with the help Carol provided in making my new house a home.”

~ Sherry Uctyil

“Carol is not only fun to work with, but she is a creative out of the box thinker who is thoughtful, and has a deep knowledge of her subject. She is incredibly talented and helpful. She helped me put together a plan for my front patio area and my back covered porch. Now both areas feel like Shangri-La. I don’t have a green thumb and Carol was able to break things down in a way that really made it easy for me to achieve my exterior planting goals. I really look forward to working with Carol again in the future.”

~ Kris Jones NW Portland

“The Thomas St. back yard is looking so great. I have been thrilled watching all our little plants come back to life. We put it on the market about 10 days ago and had an offer within a few days.”

~ Pat

“I’m currently working on my second landscape project with Carol. It is fabulous! Together we have transformed a non-usable backyard into my new favorite spot to relax. The plants are thriving and it will soon be a lovely grotto for dinners, firepit and entertaining. The way the colors and leaf shapes blend and complement each other is delightful. Carol has a sixth sense about each clients style and needs. I wouldn’t consider using anybody else!

~ Pat

“Working with Carol Lindsay was a delight. She is not only professional and extremely creative but an especially nice person. As I acted as my own contractor, there were a number of unforeseen complications, and Carol was always available with advice and solutions. Communication was always predictable as she responds to phone calls and emails in a timely manner. But the best part is the result – a beautiful and unusual front yard landscaping project that is so obviously professionally designed, it’s an asset to the entire neighborhood. I can’t wait till spring when the picture will undoubtedly be more interesting. Please don’t hesitate to drive by or call me for a reference. I’d recommend Carol in a heartbeat.”

~ Annette   East Moreland

“We had a great time doing the yard and we definitely enjoyed it. We sold the house about a month and a half ago. The yard was a huge selling point as we had great curb appeal. Selling after only 7 days on the market for over asking price. So we definitely did something right! Thanks so much for your help in making it beautiful. We will keep you in mind with our new house and definitely as a referral.”

~ Lila

“I first engaged Carol to create the design. I think I was a typical client in that I had specific likes and dislikes, had favorite plants, and knew how much of gardening I would enjoy doing, but did not know how to put it together so that the whole looked good and was not just of collection of unrelated, individual plants.

I found Carol’s design process effective, and I may say, very enjoyable. Doing my own survey of the property prepared me for the detailed discussions during the design. I particularly appreciated her standing her ground in defending some design features which at first I could not visualize, but which, when completed, turned out to be – I think – some of the most attractive features of the new yard. When requested, Carol recommended contractors and sources of plant materials – all turned out to be excellent choices.

One of the best decisions I made was to engage Carol to supervise during implementation. We hired the contractor, but she made sure that the design was followed; she helped decide on the contractor’s recommendations, and made sure that the contractor’s detailed questions were answered within the context of the design.

Carol was a pleasure to work with, knew her subject, communicated well, and was patient in working with me. We are very happy with the results – they speak for themselves – and I am more than happy to serve as reference and answer questions of her prospective new clients.”

~ Lynda

I have been working with Carol for about 20 years now and absolutely love doing so!  She designed my garden for my previous home in meticulous detail and was there to answer all of my questions and I worked the wonders that she had recommended.  During the design process, one particular step that I appreciated was that she listened carefully to what I cared about in the way of design, plants and their future needs.

When I moved into a new home recently, Landscape Design in a Day was my need and there she was working her magic again!  Currently, this project is partially installed due to the season. Do give her a try.  You will not be disappointed.

~ Hallie Hackenberger    Wilsonville

I first met with Carol 2 years ago. I desperately needed help transforming my backyard. I found Landscape Design in a Day  on the web and I was drawn to her concept.  The way she organized the design process allowed me to know exactly what I was spending on design services. Not knowing what a design company would charge had in the past held me back from moving forward.

Carol also recommended a contractor that worked out wonderfully. It is important to note that Carol’s service is design only but she has contractors she works with that are familiar with her designs and execute them very well.

I met with Carol and the result was exactly what I had in mind with all of the mistakes I would have made weeded out. Carol was fun to work with. She asks lots of questions, is thoughtful about the space and its function, l flow and energy and just plain has a good eye. She can take what the client wants fundamentally and make it work beautifully. She is knowledgeable about all aspects of landscape design including the hardscape.

My back yard paver patio, paths, gas fire pit and the first phase of plants was installed last fall.  The 2nd phase of plants will go in come spring.
I have enjoyed very much working with Carol and look forward to designing the front yard with her next summer.

~ Lisa Pettit    N.E. Portland

Design a back yard. On a new home, the landscaping is minimalist and boring. We needed something we could enjoy year round.

The design went incredible. Over the course of several hours, and working with Carol, she laid out the plans for an oasis, right down to what plant went where. We followed that design and we now enjoy one of the finest backyard escapes in my entire neighborhood. It is beautiful to the eye, and very relaxing.

~ Kathryn   Ridgefield, WA