Eileen Kelly, Founder and Lead Landscape Designer
Following a successful career in advertising, Eileen pursued her lifelong affinity for plants and design, and in 2006 formed Dig Your Garden Landscape Design, located in San Anselmo, CA. Eileen is extensively trained in architectural landscape design and horticulture, as well as environmental landscaping studies at Merritt College, the College of Marin and other educational institutions. She is also a graduate of the Bay Friendly Training Certification Program (now Rescape California), an organization committed to eco-friendly and sustainable landscaping practices. She completed the QWEL program for water efficiency and continues to attain other certifications in landscape design and sustainable landscaping practices.
A member of the APLD, the Association of Professional Landscape Designers, and an honored Award Winner through the APLD International Landscape Design Awards Program that honors excellence in landscape design. Eileen's awards include:
APLD 2002 "Gold Award" for the Modern Revamp With Living Wall,
APLD 2021 "Silver Award" for the Serene Outdoor Living Amongst the Oaks
APLD 2020 "Gold Award" for the Tranquil Water-Side Sanctuary landscape
Eileen was also honored with the Best of Houzz 2022 Award for both
Design and Service.
Eileen's clients share praises for her innovative and creative design solutions, combined with her collaborative spirit, keen listening and communications skills, delivery of excellent service and attention to detail. Eileen's designs span sleek and modern spaces to calm and restful zen-inspired environments as well as those with a more traditional aesthetic.
Our Philosophy and Vision
Our primary goal is the creation of thoughtful, functional and creative outdoor living environments that address each client’s lifestyle and wishes, while incorporating sustainable and ecologically responsible landscape practices, from the design phases throughout the installation. This in tandem with addressing our client's budgetary and scheduling wishes.
Establishing a clear vision is an important step in the design process. That, and a thorough understanding and adherence to the goals and scope of the project to achieve successful results. Each landscape design approach we propose considers the architecture and unique characteristics of the residence, surroundings, the natural ecology as well as the birds, bees and butterflies. The hardscape elements we design incorporate these goals along with site-appropriate plants that have low-water needs, minimal-maintenance and provide year-round color, texture and beauty.
Throughout the process Eileen encourages collaboration with her clients and all team members that are involved in the landscape design and installation phase, to ensure the landscape's long-term success. Our ultimate goal is to bring happiness to each and every client by creating thoughtfully-designed and implemented outdoor living environments that provide enjoyment and beauty throughout the seasons, and thrive year after year. Read some of our happy client's praises.
Affiliations, Writing and Speaking Engagements
A current member, and former Board Member, of The Association of Professional Landscape Designers (APLD), Eileen is often a featured speaker at various events that included the 2015 PG&E San Francisco Water Conservation Summit, where she spoke about "lawn replacement design strategies". And has participated in education Webinars for the APLD members.
She's been a featured speaker at The Garden Conservancy Event "Creating Great Plant Combinations" and was invited to KGO radio to be interviewed by Ryan Scott to speak about sustainable landscape design techniques and practices.
Eileen is a contributing writer for Houzz.com and has written various articles covering fire safe landscaping practices and other informative landscape and plant related features and topics.
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