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Landscape Designer & Architect | 10x Best of Houzz

Best of Houzz 2022 - Design
Best of Houzz 2021 - Design
Best of Houzz 2018 - Client Satisfaction
Best of Houzz 2017 - Client Satisfaction
Best of Houzz 2016 - Client Satisfaction
Best of Houzz 2015 - Design
Best of Houzz 2015 - Client Satisfaction
Best of Houzz 2014 - Design
Best of Houzz 2014 - Client Satisfaction
Best of Houzz 2013 - Client Satisfaction
Best of Houzz 2012 - Design
Best of Houzz 2012 - Client Satisfaction
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I am an APLD Certified Landscape Designer and a registered Architect. Banyon Tree Design Studio creates custom landscape design and architecture for discerning homeowners and individuals wishing to create beauty, function, and joy in their home and gardens.
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When we found Lisa’s portfolio online, the first feeling it gave us was hope. We had bought a newly constructed townhouse with a completely unfinished yard. Actually, unfinished would have been better. It was troubled with an outsized retaining wall built of concrete pavers and planted only with two struggling, sad shrubs. It had just two things going for it: the beautiful willow tree overhanging from next door and the potential for it to be reimagined a a very private space, tucked behind our townhouse in the rear of a lot of infill development in urban Seattle. Seeing Lisa’s work gave us hope that it could be re-envisioned into something beautiful. As we worked with Lisa, our hope grew into excitement. We loved the process of working with her. We had a great, lively series of discussions that began with ideas we had in our own heads and then brought Lisa’s talent to fully developed designs. Lisa was fantastic at understanding both what design elements we either loved or really needed. She envisioned many beautiful ways to interpret that through her own design expertise. And just as an aside, Lisa is a pleasure to work with and just talk to, in addition to her skilled professionalism. Now we have lived for a few months with the realization of Lisa’s hard work, original design and beautiful aesthetics. Her work is thoughtful, functional and elegant. Our tiny garden has had an outsized impact on how we live daily. By day, it is a beautiful garden with unique plants that create a sense of tranquility and surprise within the gated and fenced space. The angular composition of raised steel beds, decking, pavers and gate placement create a dynamic space that wowed us from its first day. Being small in its scale places us in proximity to each element of the structure and plantings. At night, the up-lighting and fire pit create a magic space. The privacy and beauty hand-in-hand gives us a daily escape from work and the churn of the city to decompress, enjoy dinner outside and have a drink by the fire. It’s been so rewarding to have a small space provide equal shares of happiness and function in our daily lives. And now I happily say we are grateful that we worked with Lisa and that she committed so much creativity to such a small project that has had such an impact for us.Read More

Lisa Port & Banyon Tree Design have been around for years and truly know their business. Many architects, as well as myself, easily recommend Lisa to design the landscapes for their clients. Everyone that I work with who has worked with them talks highly of their skill & customer service.Read More

Lisa is incredible. Over the past 3 years we have built 8 projects with Lisa and look forward to many more. We've been building landscapes for over 20 years and recognize how very fortunate we are to have found such a creative and capable designer to work with. Lisa is my favorite. She's got it all. She can take an outdoor space and make it a part of your home with rooms and destinations, views and vistas, beauty and function; all the while making it personally specific to your lifestyle and tastes. She never seems to struggle to come up with new ideas and ways to use a space that will work for your family. She can communicate her ideas with incredible drafting skills and a full understanding of how things are built. She knows that the true assessment of a successful project is measured by a clients's happiness, which she ensures by listening intently, setting clear expectations, and being timely. I love that! And she is a good person who I like to be around. She's creative. She's smart. She's educated. She's experienced. She's self-aware. She's thorough. She's responsive. She's loaded with good vibes. She's the one you want. To steal a line from Bring It On, "If we're gonna be the best, we have to have the best. Lisa is the poo, so take a big whiff!"Read More

I found Lisa Port and Banyon Tree on HOUZZ. I had been working with another landscape professional and the person was just not listening to my vision for our yard. So I went on HOUZZ to look at pictures to show her. When I realized that every picture that I saved was from Lisa, I emailed her to see if she would take my small job. Boy am I glad she did. We are very budget conscientious, but the end result looks anything but. She was able to design in everything we wanted and more. Plus, she is super nice and easy to work with. I am so thankful she took our job!Read More

We love the design for new landscape and hardscape. Lisa has a beautiful eye, and she comes up with creative solutions to tricky problems (in our case, complicated grades). I highly recommend her.Read More

We were delighted with the end result of our landscaping job. Lisa Port of Banyon Tree Design was helpful, efficient and fun to work with. She listened to our ideas and paid attention to the photos and schematic drawings we provided and then created a design beyond our greatest expectations. Our new garden is easy to maintain and a real show stopper.Read More

I didn't have any idea of what I wanted for my yard when I contacted Lisa at Banyon Tree Design. She took my budget and listened to my wants and needs and, together with her husband Chad, transformed them into a stunning design. Thanks to their beautiful landscape/hardscape design my yard went from the worst to best on the block. They are professional, easy to work with, good listeners and very talented designers. I highly recommend Banyon Tree Design.Read More