Integrating the fundamental values of permaculture into artful design results in a site specific approach where no two projects are alike.

"Permaculture is a philosophy of working with, rather than against nature; of protracted and thoughtful observation rather than protracted and thoughtless labor; and of looking at plants and animals in all their functions, rather than treating any area as a single product system." - Bill Mollison, 'father' of permaculture

Permaculture is not a system of "what you do" but rather a system of "how you do it".  We consider the basic ethics of permaculture planning in our design process, with thoughtful attention to caring for the earth, caring for the people, and returning the surplus.  Our skilled team coalesces your dreams with our knowledge, and implements these designs in a manner that is easy on the earth.



Stephanie Stika, Designer, Horticulturist:


Stephanie has been working professionally as a horticulturist and landscape designer since 1997. She received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, in Ornamental Horticulture and Landscape Design. Prior to that, she studied Botany at Humboldt State University in Northern California. Her career has taken her to various parts of the country, which has allowed her to develop a diverse knowledge of plants and design styles. She holds a Certificate of Permaculture Design from the Bullock Brothers, who are among the foremost respected permaculture designers in the country.  She is an avid gardener who loves to cook the food that she grows and enjoys spending her free time exploring trails in the wilderness.


Jim Harrison, Project Coordinator


Jim spearheaded the construction team in the early years of the company. He uses his decades of experience with building and landscape construction to steer each project carefully through every detail as it rises from the design process into structural reality. Enriched with study, travel and working closely with designers, his interest in relating materials to process shows up in his contributions to the design/build team. His early life in the fields and forests of the Mt. Baker foothills germinated into a love of gardens and the outdoors, making Private Gardens Design a natural career path.


Susan Harrison, APLD, Founder, Owner

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Susan started the company in 1990 as a design-only business and quickly added a construction team to fully serve her clients. After more than two decades of award-winning design, she continues to oversee design development on all projects.