The base Isokern “Magnum” outdoor fireplace, before stone facing is added

Brooks Kolb in “Exceptional Properties” Magazine

Seattle Landscape Architect Brooks Kolb’s residential landscape design is featured in the September/October 2012 issue of “Exceptional Properties” Magazine.  In an article called “Localism Meets the Landscape – Creating Formal Gardens that Look Like They’ve Always Been There,” author Nanci Theoret focuses on the work of Chicago firm Hoerr Schaudt Landscape Architects as well as

Volunteer Park Trust Website Launched

We’re pleased to announce that the website of the Volunteer Park Trust has just been launched at  This exciting new organization is devoted to stewardship, preservation and management of this jewel of Seattle’s Olmsted Parks and Boulevards system.  In the weeks to come, please check the calendar at for upcoming events in the

Volunteer Park Trust Park Cleanup a Success

On September 30, the Volunteer Park Trust hosted a work party to clear invasives and weeds from two major planting beds in Volunteer Park, located just west and north of the north Lily Pond.   Nearly 100 volunteers were on hand on a stunningly beautiful sunny day. Seattle Parks provided gardening tools and guidance, led by

Fall Color Arrives at the Pike’s Peak Garden

We are proud to present these two images of fall color at the Pike’s Peak Garden, which was designed by Seattle Landscape Architect Brooks Kolb and installed ten years ago.  These photographs were taken by the owner, Jeff Lum, in the last week or so.    

Presenting Russ Beardsley, Master Stonemason

Presenting Russ Beardsley, Master Stonemason January 18, 2013 Seattle landscape architect Brooks Kolb is currently working on a project in Bellingham, Washington, involving gabion garden retaining walls.  Look for an upcoming blog entry on gabion walls in garden construction.  Brooks’ client was smart enough to find a master stonemason to install the walls:  Russ Beardsley of

The 50th Anniversary of The Century 21 Idea House By Seattle Landscape Architect Brooks Kolb, ASLA

In 2010 I had the opportunity to design a garden terrace for an intriguing mid-century modern house in Inverness, a north Seattle neighborhood.  Designed in 1962 by renowned architect Jack Morse, who was a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects and a University of Washington professor of architecture, the house was sponsored by Georgia

Laurelhurst Hillside Garden in “Pacific NW” Magazine

Seattle Landscape Architect Brooks Kolb’s Laurelhurst Hillside Garden was featured in the January 27, 2013 issue of the Seattle Times’ “Pacific NW” magazine. “Growing Up Gracefully: Gentle Curves and Masses of Plants Keep a Garden Looking Good” was the way Times writer Valerie Easton titled the piece. Quoting from Valerie Easton’s article, “A great view

Brooks Kolb’s “Atomic Ranch House” Garden Design featured in “Pacific NW” Magazine

A photograph of  Seattle Landscape Architect Brooks Kolb’s garden design was included in a “Northwest Living” story in the March 3, 2012 Seattle Times “Pacific NW” Magazine.  Bearing the expressive title, “Big Blast from the Atomic Ranch Past,”  Becky Teagarden’s article describes the creative and meticulous way in which Sabrina Libertty restored her West Seattle

Barkitecture 2013 a Success

Once again, Seattle landscape architect Brooks Kolb participated in Luxe Magazine’s Barkitecture design competition, a benefit for the Seattle Humane Society.  As the landscape architect for Team TCA, headed by Stephen Rising, architect, Brooks contributed a small container planting.  This year, the design challenge for all the teams was to design a crate that would

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