Design and Build

Fine Garden Design

As a designer, Lance Abts incorporates a variety of natural elements into his distinctive style, such as ornamental grasses and the use of natural stone. His bold designs with dramatic sweeping bed lines and large masses of perennials, create harmony, not to mention stunning views.

Every landscape design concept begins with a precise measurement, site analysis, and consultation of your interests, intentions for the space, expectations and budget. As a result of this process, your new garden will be an outdoor living space that truly reflects your style.

To personalize your landscape plan further, it is often recommended that you start the process while the home is still in the design or building process, where relationships can be developed between the architect, homeowner, and landscape architect. Following this process will allow additional insight on the placement of your house on your property, taking in considerations that can save valuable mature trees economizing costs and maximizing your views.

Design Services


Whether you have an area of complex grade changes, or a flat terrain, introducing "hardscape" elements such as native natural stone, brick pavers, or architecture, can add to your outdoor living space. 

The design possibilities are endless.

You may have a spectacular view with limited access. With creative use of stone or brick you may find a winding path of stairs that bring you upon an unexpected contemplative spot, or a welcoming patio that takes advantage of an otherwise unseen view.

Terracing a hillside is a necessity to creating access, but terracing can also create interest and transition in your garden design with low grade changes through re-contouring and reshaping the topography of your area.

The use of architectural elements such as pergolas, trellises, and gazebos can bring dimension to an otherwise uninteresting space. They often succeed in bringing the architecture of the home in proportion to the outdoor garden area, helping to create a warm, inviting area.

When working with functional or aesthetic needs, Lance Abts, owner/designer can guide you throughout the process of introducing the right hardscape elements to your garden design that will compliment your taste and reflect your lifestyle.


When working with plantings in the landscape design, there are many considerations to be made and many possibilities at hand. Whether the purpose of the design is to create privacy, hidden spaces, interesting vistas, or warm welcoming entries, the results will only come to life with the proper care and placement of the plant material.

Landscape Artisans puts a strong emphasis on soil preparation, quality of nursery stock and proper placement of plant material. With a strong horticultural background, complimented by over 20 years in fine garden design, Lance Abts, owner/designer, has the experience and creativity to turn your landscape into the garden of your dreams. 

Water Features

The soothing interaction of water as sound, movement, and reflection adds life to your outdoor living space. The sound of a fountain splashing, the movement of a waterfall, or the reflections of a perennial garden add serenity to a functional pool design, or a contemplative garden. Water can be a dramatic element added to any garden no matter the size or budget of your project.

Lance Abts, owner/designer focuses on keeping the look of the water feature proportionate to the natural stone elements surrounding it. When designing a streambed, or waterfall, his objective is to create it as naturally as if it were there to begin with.

Lance's design diversity results in an open spectrum of possibilities based on a joint venture of inspiration and imagination between landscape architect and client.

Landscape Management

In the early years of our landscape company, we found that our clients were consistently asking our advice about the care of maintenance of their landscape investment. It was a natural transition from creating the perfect outdoor space to caring for those designs. We had come to develop a vision along with our clients,of the potential continual beauty of the landscape. In the ensuing years, not only have we maintained those gardens of our design, but have developed a reputation in the community for the quality maintenance and restoration of many additional  properties and estates.

Our Landscape management team has the experience and knowledge necessary to gain our clients trust and offer peace of mind. Our Landscape Management Sales Manager, Lisa Stubbe is happy to meet with our clients on site to evaluate, consult and pulling from her vast experience and education, lay out a plan to refurbish existing landscapes through reconstructive pruning and treatments that will breathe new life into your outdoor space.

Turf Management

Technical Landscape Management

  • Mowing & Trimming
  • Fertilization & Weed Control
  • Disease & Insect Control
  • Seasonal Aeration
  • Organic Lawn Care