Our Commitment to Sustainability

Landscaping operations are often known for their egregious overuse of gas-powered tools and chemical applications. At Plant People Northwest, we are interested in being a different kind of company: one that respects our common space and the health of our planet and bodies.

We use only electric power tools. We purchase organic and local products as often as possible. We use digital, paperless invoicing. We encourage our clients to use their gardens for food production and wildlife habitat. And we are certified to install rainwater cisterns through Rainwise, which protects the quality of our waterways and the health of our fish.

What Organic Means to Us

Most garden problems do not require either chemical or organic sprays; they can often be resolved through careful attention to soil structure & fertility, plant placement, and water management. In the rare case that a plant does require treatment, we will either use the safest cultural method available to treat the problem, or remove a sickly plant and replace it with a more robust choice. In those cases, we’ll communicate with you closely to make sure we are bringing approved products into your garden.

Products such as fertilizer, compost, and mulch labeled “organic” are manufactured to a range of different standards. We purchase the best available, and when possible, buy local (ex. Walt’s Organic Fertilizers).

Our Service Area



Shannon Stephens, CPH

Owner/Manager — Shannon has been gardening professionally for 20 years, with prior experience in greenhouse plant care. She started her own business in 2001 and is a Certified Professional Horticulturist with WSNLA.

    Bob Martin, CPH

    Maintenance Manager — Bob manages communication with new and existing maintenance clients, and works with our gardening crews to ensure excellence and quality service. He is a Certified Professional Horticulturist with WSNLA.

      Ian McCutcheon, CPH, MFTS

      Project Manager — Ian develops estimates for new projects, and oversees the crew with installations. He is a Certified Professional Horticulturist with WSNLA and a Master Fruit Tree Steward with City Fruit.

        Andrew Jauhola, CPH

        Crew Leader- Andy has a degree in Environmental Studies with an emphasis in Ecological Restoration, and is a Certified Professional Horticulturist with WSNLA.

          Denise McDonough, CPH

          Design Manager— With a background in Environmental Science & Garden Design, Denise leads design projects and plant installations. She is a Certified Professional Horticulturist with WSNLA.

            Sam Anderson

            Crew Member- Sam has years of experience in fruit tree farming, and a passion for flower arrangement. He is currently studying for the CPH exam.

              Dane Ueland

              Crew Member- Dane comes to us from a history in brewery management and music. He is currently studying for the CPH exam.

                Why Choose Plant People Northwest

                Unskilled landscaping can end up costing you more money and stress than it saves. Improperly pruned plants and trees are higher-maintenance, less attractive, and more susceptible to disease than their properly pruned counterparts. Often, the damage of unskilled pruning may be corrected over several years of careful work by a trained gardener; other times, malpruned plants and trees are better off being replaced. Plant People Northwest is recommended by PlantAmnesty, our esteemed local source for pruning and gardening education.

                Our crew is trained to know the difference between garden plants and weeds, and won’t mistakenly pull up your treasured plants. We treat your garden with respect and approach our tasks with care. Many landscapers default to chemical fertilizers, herbicides and pesticides rather than addressing the root cause of a wilting plant, an aphid-infested rose or a lilac that won’t bloom. Our focus on soil fertility and “right plant, right place” cultivates a garden that is healthy, beautiful, and lower maintenance in the long run.

                Our focus on continuing education also sets us apart from other landscape companies. Several of our crew members are Certified Professional Horticulturists with WSNLA, and have taken classes with Plant Amnesty and City Fruit.

                Plant People Northwest is a licensed, bonded and insured specialty contractor (#PLANEPN832BK).


                We earned the Super Service Award from Angie’s List for both 2017 and 2018. The Award reflects consistent high levels of customer service. Check our reviews at AngiesList.com.

                Shannon, Bob, Ian, Andy, and Denise are Certified Professional Horticulturists with the Washington State Nursery and Landscape Association, a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting, promoting and educating the horticultural community of Washington State.

                Plant People NW is a member of Plant Amnesty, a nonprofit whose purpose is “to end the senseless torture and mutilation of trees and shrubs caused by malpruning.”

                GIVING BACK

                Plant People Northwest donates 1% of its profits to local charitable and environmental organizations. Currently we are giving to 350Seattle. 350Seattle is a grassroots organization working for climate justice by educating people and engaging them in the movement for a livable planet.