upon viewing Valorie Lukins’ drawings, suggested that she
study landscape design. Needing little else besides her gardening
passion, Valorie was enrolled in Portland classes by fall
and graduated with an Associate Degree in Landscape Design.
By 1981, she had started her own business in Central Oregon:
Valorie Lukins Landscape Design.
A sketch of
her spring vegetable garden one Central Oregon winter became the
seed for a blossoming career in landscape design.
Today, her business is a thriving enterprise that
services predominantly high-end residential and commercial projects,
such as The Forum shopping center and the Millpoint Business Campus in
Bend, Oregon, and Columbia River Banks and Oxford Suites Hotels,
outside the Bend area, in addition to custom homes around the
Northwest. These incredible landscapes round off a project's overall
visual impact, quality and feel.
Creating these fine
between architecture and landscape is a creative yet technical
process. Valorie likes to design around an area's native elements,
plants and rocks; considers the climate, and chooses those features
that are not only hardy but provide a unique “twist”, adding character
and interest. She also listens carefully to her clients’ ideas and
incorporates their likes. Thus, every job she does is one-of-a-kind
and fulfills her clients' desires.
extensive gardening experience in Central Oregon since 1975 and the
formation of her landscape design business in 1981, Valorie brings
invaluable skill, knowledge of and familiarity with a large realm of
plants that are suited to Central Oregon's unique micro-climates and
other Northwest locales.
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