The philosophy of Lacewing is inspired by its namesake, the beneficial insect with delicate lacy wings that plays an important role maintaining balance and harmony in the landscape. To us, the lacewing represents a force that is beautiful and delicate while also being tough and functional. A concept with which we can very much identify.
The journey to Lacewing is also a culmination of professional experience gained through environmental and community stewardship. Ten years of experience building sustainable communities through public and private garden development have honed the craft and philosophy that guides our work on a daily basis.
We are passionately committed to organic landscape horticulture, sustainable landscape design and seasonal floral design.
This takes shape in the following ways…
PEACE AND QUIET: We avoid the use of gas-powered machines and only use electric machines or hand tools whenever possible. These techniques reduce our carbon impact, noise pollution and protect the health of our team. The only gas-powered machines in our tool kit are our vehicles (and we hope to change that as well).
NO TILL: We are committed to preserving and improving your soil ecosystem. Through soil building with compost, organic soil amendments, sheet-mulch and digging forks, our techniques aim to preserve soil biology while reducing landscape waste and carbon emissions.
SUPPORTING PLANTS AND PEOPLE: The Lacewing Team is a plant-obsessed group of nerds that takes great joy in the hard work required to create beautiful and beneficial landscapes. We seek to build and maintain peaceful, cozy and harmonious landscapes through ecologically informed design and organic horticulture techniques that support backyard ecosystems and the people that love them. We value and respect our relationship with you and your landscape.
CREATIVE REUSE BOTANICAL DESIGN: We firmly believe in the power of nature’s beauty, in the landscape or in a vase. Our floral design approach seeks to repurpose pruned clippings and foraged backyard blooms to create seasonal, local, and sustainable floral designs.
We look forward to sharing our vision, drive, and passion for this work with you.
Owner. Lead Plant Lover. Designer.
Since childhood, I have been enamored by nature, creating captivating arrangements of discovered natural treasures. Lacewing is an extension of my desire cultivate productive and balanced ecosystems where nature’s perfect creations can grow and thrive.
Our holistic approach to horticulture is grounded in both art and science with the goal of developing beautiful and beneficial landscapes that support local ecosystems and the people the love them. My professional experience includes work with Erin Lau Design, Laila Suidan of Down to Earth Landscape, the Seattle Parks and Recreation, the Washington Park Arboretum, London Plane Flowers, NeighborSpace (Chicago), WRD Environmental (Chicago) and the Chicago Department of Environment have cultivated my firm belief in the vital importance of respect for diversity -in plants and people – as an essential part of building sustainable and thriving urban ecosystems.
While I firmly believe that passion for plants is the most important ingredient to our work, I am also a Master Gardener, Master Composter, experienced pruner that is also pursuing educational resources at the South Seattle College School of Horticulture. When not working with in the garden, I can be found hoarding plant materials for an interior botanical installation or floral design.
Operations Manager. Foreman. Certified Professional Horticulturalist
As a spirited youth I climbed and swung my way through the vast orchards of Western Massachusetts. It was there that I first learned an intimacy with plants, that is, an understanding of the reciprocity between orchardist, farmer or gardener and the living things over which they steward.
As an undergraduate at the University of Vermont, my education and research focused primarily on neuropharmacology and bioethics. These topics, however, best served to highlight the great importance I saw in our symbiosis with the natural world.
When I could steal away from my studies, I constructed edible urban gardens, self-contained living machines, and low-impact wildland trails. Following my graduation I spent years working for greenhouses and garden centers, interning with holistic farmers, freelancing as a residential gardener and in my spare time, playing guitar in rock bands.
As a part of Lacewing, it is my great pleasure to add my labor and passion to our projects as we strive to bring conscious gardening into bloom in Seattle.
Earth, water, wood, stone, – they’ve all forged tactile memories over the years. Working with Lacewing awakens these memories, and that’s a gift, as is the chance to work with other talented and passionate people. Lacewing is a place where neither plant nor person is taken for granted, a place where great care in used in working with both. It’s odd that this should be a unique vision for work that affects our surroundings, where we spend and share time with those we love. But it is. Lacewing understands this and allows me to embrace this vision fully.
Born and raised in Washington I have always admired the outdoors and what the PNW has to offer. I am a creative and artistically oriented person that is passionate about designing outdoor spaces.
Originally having gone to college for Graphic Design, I took on woodworking to try my hand at physically building and creating my visions. From there it bloomed into a love for hands on wood and stone work, as well as learning about plants and how to implement them into such beautiful landscape spaces. Lacewing has given me the wonderful experience of developing my skills and learning new ones to bring our clients’ vision to life. Outside of Lacewing I enjoy board game nights, floating a river, camping and working on art projects.
Erica Bower Reich
Landscape Gardener, Seedling Tender, Nursery Mama
Seattle born and California raised, my fascination with plants grew slowly. Starting with a splurge on a half barrel container garden perched on my Brooklyn fire escape, I found respite in any natural spaces I could find in New York City while following a career in arts management and fundraising.
Returning to the west coast in 2015 to complete a Masters degree in Arts Leadership, I found new hobbies in photographing my favorite plant friends and tilling my first ever garden of radishes, tomatoes, potatoes and kale.
Immediately falling in love with the art of care and attention that gardening rewarded, I began self educating, experimenting and expanding my garden prowess with Seattle-based Yes Farm and Percussion Farms. Now living in Ballard, I steward a communal home (and overplanted garden) with a dog, cats, chickens and bees.
Deeply grateful for the new community Lacewing has provided, I am thrilled to keep learning and practicing responsible garden-care alongside such a talented team of thoughtful plant lovers.
Growing up, I worked on farms across the country. This experience paired with going on hikes is how I learned to identify native plants and fungi. These experiences instilled a deep curiosity about how plants grow and thrive.
As I got older I fell more in love with the craft of building. Evolving from renovating tiny homes and volunteering at the wooden boat foundation in Port Townsend to working with trees and landscapes. My passion for plants, stone, and wood have found a home in the many facets that landscaping holds.
I am a multidisciplinary artist and working in gardens is an extension of how I create art in the world, with a focus on creating more accessible garden spaces.
My appreciation for the landscape is informed by my experiences growing up in the pine forest, wetland, and coastal ecosystems of central Florida. The towering evergreens, rocky slopes, lush meadows, and open woodlands of the Pacific Northwest, where I have lived for the last thirty years, have broadened my interest in the natural world.
As a designer I channel my interests into functional and context-appropriate residential landscape designs. I have an enduring interest in how materials construction and plants can enhance outdoor spaces. I take pride in developing custom solutions that respond to client goals and specific on-the-ground landscape issues.
In the past I have worked as a public high school teacher and public arts’ administrator. After earning a masters’ degree in landscape architecture in 2010, I have been busy creating landscape designs in Seattle’s urban core.
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We are always interested in connecting with potential team members who are passionate about organic horticultural, ecological landscape design, permaculture, natural stone work and/or garden to vase floral design.Learn More