Philosophy

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 machine in our tool kit is our trusty blue Toyota pick- up truck.

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 plants.

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.

Our Team

Britt Willey
  • 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.


Braden Begg
  • Lead Plant Shepherd.  B.S. Biochemistry.  B.A. Philosophy.

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.


Tony Hlavaty
  • Plant Lover.  Maintenance and Design.

Born in the heart of the South, being told by Gramma to not come inside until just before dark. I played in the woods, dirt, and streams nearby. We had a garden of veggies and flowers almost every year. We moved to the Gulf Coast during high school. White sands, palm trees, the Emerald Coast where I learned how to work with ceramics and found a new artistic side. Soon after I learned that you can ride a bicycle for more than just fun. I started working on bicycles with a good friend and playing more music. While on a music/art project tour around the country, I fell in love with the PNW. The giant firs to the delicate moss- I’m overwhelmed every day with the amount of life that thrives everywhere here. Its a great joy and satisfying feeling to allow my artistic and naturalist side flourish with each project we accomplish.


Ali Masterson
  • Drafting and Design Assistant

Ali has been working with Lacewing as a graphic designer since 2017. Ali is originally from the Seattle area, where she earned her Bachelor of Landscape Architecture and Master of Urban Planning from the University of Washington. Her studies focused predominantly active transportation, outdoor recreation, ecological design, community involvement, and environmental stewardship. Ali spent several years working throughout the Puget Sound region for an ecological restoration company and two years working in Los Angeles as an outdoor recreation and active transportation planner. Ali has since returned to the Pacific Northwest to work as an outdoor recreation planner in Corvallis, OR.


Ben Schultz
  • Hardscape Lead

The feel of dirt, water, wood, stone, bark, leaves – they’ve all forged tactile memories over the years. Every day of working with Lacewing awakens these memories, and that’s a gift, just as the chance to work with other talented and passionate people is a gift. 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 our time and where we share it with those we love. But it is. Lacewing understands this and allows me to support this vision fully.


Adrianna
  • Team Member

I have many fond memories of growing up in rural eastern Europe, surrounded by a rich culture of people who have been intimately connected to the land for generations. My grandparents homesteaded and lived an agrarian life that maintained pace with the rhythms of the sun and seasons. My childhood was filled with explorations in nature wandering through forests looking for mushrooms, picking gooseberries and currants from bushes, and running through wheat fields on rolling hilly landscapes. These experiences underlined for me the importance of humankind’s connection to Mother Earth and her plants 

In my later years, I studied civil & environmental engineering at the University of Iowa where I was introduced to the science of natural systems. Prior to Lacewing, I worked as a Professional Engineer (PE) with a consulting firm in Seattle and participated in local environmental stewardship projects such as the Lower Duwamish Waterway Superfund and Vashon Island Asarco Smelter Plume cleanups.  

When I am not getting soil under my fingernails, I enjoy talking to my houseplants, creating art, music, and cultivating a sense of community.

Join Our Team

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.

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