Integrating ecology with artistic design; inspired by nature
Now is the time to rethink the way we design our green spaces. Between an ever-expanding population, poor urban planning and harmful agricultural practices, many ecosystems have been left completely devastated. By forging a new and promising relationship between our human-centered world and the natural world, major environmental issues will be mitigated, our living spaces beautified and a deeper connection between two seemingly separate worlds will be made.
Olson Design is a small landscape design practice, specializing in ecological design—with equal affinity towards ecology, botany, design, garden history and horticulture. Based in Buffalo, NY and serving throughout New York State and Pennsylvania. We design naturalistic landscapes and gardens of any size—from postage stamp city yards to large, multiple acre properties. We work to restore health back to displaced habitats and degraded soils in urban environments, as well as restoring low-quality wetlands, prairies, and woodlands. We take a researched based approach to gardening—avoiding common horticultural myths or anecdotal practices.
Consulting services and custom propagation is available for home owners, land owners, architects, ecologists, nonprofits, government organizations, and landscape contractors. We also source plant material for more immediate projects or for rare and hard to find species. A small, but well-trained crew is available to quickly and expertly install plant material.
Megan and Steven Olson are a husband-wife landscape design team. After earning her B.A. in Geography and Planning with a concentration in watersheds and ecosystems at the State University College at Buffalo, Megan teamed up with Steven to manage Olson Design. Steven’s passion for ecology, human-environment interactions and years of experience in the landscaping industry is what stemmed the interest to build an environmentally conscious landscape design and ecological restoration practice.
Currently residing in the city and surrounded by overdeveloped sprawl, we have witnessed the dramatic impact that development has on the environment and has led to our interest in the perceived separation of the natural world from the manmade one. Our work explores the relationships people have with naturally occurring ecosystems and the anthropologically influenced novel ecosystems that surround our living spaces.
With such limited green space, our goal is to make every landscape we design to be healthy and beautiful. Our plant design style is mostly influenced by the modern perennial movement—though our love for garden history allows us to draw influence from many styles from around the world and throughout history. Everything we produce is hand drawn, individualized to site conditions and client preferences, and created using classic design principles.
For more information on the work we do, general questions on ecology, native plants, or anything else related, please feel free to contact us. We love what we do and always welcome conversations with anyone interested.
Buffalo NY 14213