Courtney Olander

Growing up and exploring the woods and river banks near my childhood home in British Columbia’s Pemberton valley, instilled a lasting connection and appreciation for nature and its affect on the human spirit.  That impression carried with me into college where I received a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies from UC Santa Barbara.  However, it wasn’t all Biology and Geology for me as I couldn’t help but pursue my creative interests as well.  My studies in art and photography led me to a rewarding ten year career analyzing visual trends in media as a Creative Researcher for a leading stock photography agency.  It’s this background in market research that prompts me to have a particular interest in staying abreast of new trends in the outdoor living and horticultural industries, including; design, products, materials and new plant introductions.

After the birth of my first son, I returned to school to realize my dream of combining my creative and scientific interests once and for all – Landscape Design!  While in school I was selected to work as an intern for the internationally recognized Elisabeth C. Miller Botanical Garden.  While there, I learned about the care of rare and unusual plants in a carefully curated setting.  It proved to be the perfect catalyst for my landscape design career.

I’m particularly interested in creating thoughtful outdoor spaces that reflect the homeowner’s lifestyle and interests – all while maintaining a healthy, ecologically-minded environment.  It’s my goal with every design to create a space that finds that intersection between timeless and contemporary, classic and organic – the sweet spot.

I maintain memberships in the Association of Professional Landscape Designers, the Northwest Horticultural Society and am recognized as a Certified Professional Horticulturalist through the Washington State Nursery and Landscape Association.

I’ve enjoyed writing for Fine Gardening Magazine, the Northwest Horticultural Society’s quarterly publication – Garden Notes and Houzz as a bi-monthly contributor.  My client’s gardens have appeared in Fine Gardening Magazine, Garden Gate Magazine, The Seattle Times Sunday Pacific NW Magazine and 1889 Magazine. I’ve been fortunate to have been asked to judge the show gardens at the Northwest Flower and Garden Festival multiple times. I’ve taught a 4 week online course on landscape design or Fine Gardening Magazine and spoken regularly at the local community college. I love what I do and thank my lucky stars every day.