Laura Spencer

laura spencer

Laura Spencer

Landscape Designer

Education

  • B.S. Landscape Architecture, UW-Madison; double major in English

Certifications/Affiliations

  • Associated with ASLA and WLCA. Sierra Club member.

Areas of Expertise

  • Residential landscape design & project management
  • Artful planting design, w/ emphasis on native plant communities & multi-season interest (Choosing the right plant for the right place)
  • Special interest in small spaces – revealing grandeur in the tiny

Career philosophy

  • Nurture your curiosity and surround yourself with passionate and compassionate people.
  • I love variety, the challenge of wearing many hats.
  • I like to be adaptable, and learn constantly.

Experience/Responsibilities

I’m drawn down a winding path…Though I began my professional landscape design career in 2006, I’ve also been an English teacher in Japan, a naturalist and environmental educator at a state forest, and a summer school gardening program teacher. I am renewed and inspired by nature – both the ephemeral and the ancient – and aspire to create spaces where one can be immersed in wonder, beauty and comfort.

Personal interests

An ideal day at home involves gardening with my husband while our chickens forage in the berry patch and our honeybees buzz in the flowers. I love travelling, especially to picturesque places where we can camp, hike or paddle around, but I feel equally at home taking in a show or concert. I have been an actor in community theater, a singer in choirs and in a band, a mushroom hunter, a perfumista, a barista, and a florista (if that’s a thing). I am also a skilled and patient marshmallow roaster: Have stick, will travel.

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