About Us

We create gardens utilizing the concepts of Permaculture and the Arts-and-Crafts Movement, where the beauty of form & function are merged with ecological systems resilience to create benefits for all.

About Keith R. Mastenbrook, principle designer

 

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As the owner and principal designer at Westland Gardens Inc., I bring to my work a long and varied experience with environmental and design studies. At The Evergreen State College (1972-75), I began my environmental studies.  Then I went on to receive a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture at the University of Oregon (1988).

In 2003, I turned my attention towards Permaculture.  I took the Permaculture Design Course (PDC) and followed that with three advanced design courses, including a permaculture principles course with David Holmgren and an edible forest design course with David Jacke.

I am also actively involved with community organizations promoting sustainable stewardship.  I serve on the board of Sustainable NE Seattle, and the Nathan Hale Urban Farm steering committee.  See my Links for more information about both of these groups.

My Design Philosophy

I believe every garden expresses the unique character of its site, our region, and the people who dwell within. Underlying my approach is a design philosophy based on the Arts-and-Crafts Movement, where the beauty of every day objects is celebrated, and the thoughtful layout and installation of the built elements of the design use natural materials in extraordinary ways.

My gardens manifest the ethics of Permaculture in our care for the earth and all beings, building productive gardens where the surpluses are shared. I endorse the permaculture design theory of the Edible Forest Garden, which mimics the structural systems of the north temperate forest as a model for the arrangement and selection of plant species, in an aesthetic and multi-dimensional manner.

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