A Word About Landscape Architecture and Garden Design

Seattle Landscape Architect Brooks Kolb, ASLA, is  honored and delighted to announce that his firm, Brooks Kolb LLC Landscape Architecture, was granted a prestigious award from BUILD Magazine, an international publication of construction and design based in the United Kingdom.  Announced in September, 2017, BUILD named Brooks Kolb LLC “Best Traditional Landscape Architecture Firm – Washington State and Best Washington Residential Garden Design:  Interlaken Park Garden.”  See the link below, page 75 for the essay Kolb prepared, describing his firm for the magazine:


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Photograph by Mike Siegel

Published in the September 7, 2014 issue of the Seattle Times’ “Pacific NW Magazine,” more photographs and a description of the Interlaken Park Garden can be found here on Kolb’s website:   http://www.brookskolbllc.net/projects/interlaken-park-garden/




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 Brooks Kolb LLC Landscape Architecture of Seattle, Washington has won Best of Houzz®, the leading platform for home remodeling and design, for 2016, in the customer service category.  The firm was chosen by the more than 35 million monthly unique users that comprise the Houzz community from among more than one million active home building, remodeling and design industry professionals.

The Best Of Houzz is awarded annually in three categories: Design, Customer Service and Photography. Design award winners’ work was the most popular among the more than 35 million monthly users on Houzz. Customer Service honors are based on several factors, including the number and quality of client reviews a professional received in 2015. Architecture and interior design photographers whose images were most popular are recognized with the Photography award. A “Best Of Houzz 2016” badge will appear on winners’ profiles, as a sign of their commitment to excellence. These badges help homeowners identify popular and top-rated home professionals in every metro area on Houzz.

“It is an honor to receive this award, especially since I value communication with my clients at the top of my agenda, right alongside my dedication to design excellence,” said Brooks Kolb, principal.

“Anyone building, remodeling or decorating looks to Houzz for the most talented and service-oriented professionals” said Liza Hausman, vice president of Industry Marketing for Houzz. “We’re so pleased to recognize Brooks Kolb LLC, voted one of our “Best Of Houzz” professionals by our enormous community of homeowners and design enthusiasts actively remodeling and decorating their homes.”

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Brooks Kolb LLC is a ten-year old landscape architecture firm in Seattle, specializing in residential garden design, with projects throughout the greater Seattle area. Several of Brooks’ garden designs have been featured in the Seattle Times “Pacific NW” Magazine over the last three years.

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Designed by SHKS Architects, the Yoga Studio at Brooks Kolb’s Mercer Island Garden was featured in “Gray” Magazine. Here’s a link: http://issuu.com/graymag/docs/gray_n0._22_jj15/93?e=3579295/13295684

Brooks designed a garden of native and ornamental ferns around the Yoga Studio, with nurse logs on the forest floor. The building appears to float above the ground. Here’s a photograph of the landscape as viewed from the studio, taken by Ben Benschneider of the Seattle Times, which originally appeared in “Pacific NW” Magazine.

The metal sculpture in the background is by celebrated Portland artist Lee Kelly.


In an issue titled “Classic Gardens Stand the Test of Time,” Seattle Landscape Architect Brooks Kolb’s Finn Hill Meadows Garden was featured on the cover of the February 8, 2015 issue of the Seattle Times’ “Pacific NW” magazine. The cover photograph shows the moss-covered woodland waterfall on the uphill side of the house, built by Turnstone Construction. The stream appears to flow through the house, emerging on the downhill side of its unique circular lot in a tranquil lily pond. The owners, Bob Fries and Dee Dee Dahlen, continue to enjoy gardening on the property, approximately 12 years after installation.

Describing the garden’s location in a meadow and horse pasture high on a hillside above Juanita Bay, Seattle Times garden writer Valerie Easton notes, “Kolb met the challenge of designing a personal, private garden on a wide-open site with 360 degrees of sun and shade.” Of the extremely varied plantings, which Dee Dee Dahlen is constantly adding to, Easton continues, “She’s planted thousands of daffodils and decisuous azaleas for spring flower and fragrance. Tall ornamental grasses, small willows, vine maples and Japanese snowbell trees (Styrax japonica) turn parts of the garden blowsy with foliage.”

Here’s a link to the full article:  http://seattletimes.com/html/pacificnw/2025510716_0208dahlenxml.html

Photographs by Mike Siegel


The Waterfall


The Garden Steps


View over the Lily Pond


Lavenders Beyond the Split Rail Fence

The Hunts Point house featuring a garden designed by Seattle landscape architect Brooks Kolb is now on the market, with a signature open house scheduled for this coming Saturday, January 24, and Sunday, January 25, from 1:00 to 4:00. Brooks will be on hand at this special event hosted by Wangness Connections, along with interior designer Michele Bayle and April Bettinger, contractor. Michele and April will share their ideas for inspiring ways to remodel the house. Please come by, tour the house, meet the designer and receive a personalized garden tour from Brooks Kolb. Brooks will also show plans for expanding the garden with a new path connecting to the front garden. The address is 8488 Hunts Point Lane, in Hunts Point. Please don’t hesitate to share this invitation with your friends and colleagues and we look forward to seeing you there!



The garden from the covered patio


The covered patio and outdoor fireplace

2015 may be the Year of the Goat, but in Seattle Landscape Architect Brooks Kolb’s world, it’s the year of the waterfall.  Brooks currently has five waterfalls and ponds on the boards, in communities as diverse as Anacortes, Bellevue, Redmond, Medina and Seattle.  Whether it’s the sound of water rushing over rock or the dazzle of white water splashing against stone that most attracts them, residential clients are keenly enthusiastic about enlivening their gardens with waterfalls small and large.  One client’s steep and tall waterfall will be viewed front and center from the kitchen sink where they do the dishes.  Another’s large, tranquil pond will reflect tall windows rising above wide rapids that drop only two feet to a lower pond.  A third client’s waterfall will wrap around a natural stone hot tub.  Look for new images of these water features in the month’s to come and call Brooks at 206 324-0858 if you too would like a waterfall in your garden! McCleskey waterfall sketch croppedWaterfall Concept for An Anacortes Garden

Seattle Landscape Architect Brooks Kolb’s landscape renovation for a site in tiny Holly, on Hood Canal, was featured in the October 19, 2014 Fall Home Design issue of the Seattle Times’ “Pacific NW” Magazine. Owner Paige Stockley’s enthusiasm for Holly and for the amazing waterfront property she found and purchased there proved exactly the catalyst Brooks needed to do some of his best work. The highly diverse site is heavily wooded alongside its entrance at the road, from which it descends to a wetland, a lawn, a beach front, and a working salmon stream.

Brooks brought in the environmental team of Tom and Kathy Smayda, a hydraulic engineer and wetland biologist respectively, to restore the salmon stream and rescue the beach from erosion. After Paige obtained a Kitsap County permit to unclog a large culvert under the highway, chum salmon returned in droves for the first time in years. Tom artfully reshaped the banks of the creek, enabling nature to take over and finish the job on its own time. Kathy helped Brooks generate native planting palettes for the wetland, creek banks and beach areas.

Andrew Borges, architect, designed a Cape Cod-influenced beach house and small adjoining guest house for Paige, raised on stilts above the floodplain, so Brooks also had an ornamental landscape to design. The resulting plan features a large lawn for beach-front entertaining, bordered with shrubs and perennials, including one of Paige’s favorite ornamentals, the Limelight Hydrangea. A small garden surrounding a swale bordered by rocks and Rhododendrons links the main house to the guest house, knitting both together with a gravel parking court.

Interior Designer:  Michelle Burgess; Landscape Contractor: Madrona Point Landscaping.  All photographs by Benjamin Benschneider

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This project was previously published in the October 2013 issue of “Coastal Living” Magazine – see the earlier related blog entry.