Bend's One-Of-A-Kind Landscape Designer
Drew and Shannon Lester,
Design Team
Drew and Shannon Lester are a husband and wife landscape design team that have over 40 years combined experience in Central Oregon. Together, they promote sustainability and gardening for success, so homeowners can enjoy all the other activities Central Oregon has to offer.

Drew graduated from Indiana University, Bloomington where he studied economics and public policy. After graduating, he decided to move out west to become a mountaineer guide and get more in touch with the natural environment. Shortly after, Drew started working in the landscape industry and furthered his education at Central Oregon Community College in the green industry.

Shannon is a landscape designer who holds a degree in Landscape Architecture from Washington State University in Pullman. After a sojourn in Italy where she experienced landscape and design, Shannon returned to the Pacific Northwest to focus on custom residential and commercial landscape design, land use and city planning projects.

2012, Drew and Shannon introduced their mid-century, modern-inspired planter company, Steel Life. Their planters have been recognized by many nationally accredited industry professionals and magazines including Martha Stewart, Sunset, Better Homes and Gardens, 1859 Oregon, and Dwell magazine. Drew and Shannon have also designed product for The Standard Hotel NYC and Miami and Loll Designs.

Drew and Shannon have been strong supporters of modern and mid century design at Palm Springs Modernism Week for the past 5 years. Locally, Shannon has taught plant workshops at the Deschutes Public Library and offered her design and plant knowledge to the Bend Design Conference, C.O.C.C., OSU Extension Service Garden Tour, Central Oregon Master Gardeners Program, Bend Habitat for Humanity and The Environmental Center. Shannon has also shared her product design experiences on a design panel moderated by OPB at the 2015’s Bend Design Con. She currently enjoys teaching seasonal workshops both locally and on her travels. Shannon focuses her teaching on design trends, plant selection, succulents, xeriscaping, living centerpieces, wreath making and other green D.I.Y. creations.

Drew currently specializes in irrigation design, backflow assembly testing, paver installation and over-site management of large scale projects. His 25 years of field experience in Central Oregon has gained him the knowledge of what works and does not work in our High Desert climate.
22 Reviews
Susan Antle
Relationship: ClientProject Date: Dec 2020

Shannon understood my wants immediately, and produced a beautiful plan which will translate into a lovely yard come Spring. I would recommend her highly to anyone who wishes to upgrade an existing ...Read More

Ella Boardman
Relationship: ClientProject Date: Nov 2020

I am an avid gardener who knows what I like and don’t like. Shannon not only met with us at our new property, she also came to our current property so I could show her my likes as well as what I consi...Read More

Bobby Jones
Relationship: ClientProject Date: Sep 2020

Shannon was amazing to work with on our project. This is the first time we have used a landscape architect. She considered our space, needs budget and preferences and put together an amazing design. W...Read More

Relationship: ClientProject Date: May 2020

Shannon is a wonderful designer. She was prompt for appointments, listened to our thoughts, answered our questions respectfully. The design she came up with is perfect for us. We highly recomme...Read More

Megan Vibbert
Relationship: ClientProject Date: Mar 2020

I was so pleased with the wonderful customer service of Blooming Desert. Shannon was delightful to work with. She listened to the vision I had for landscaping and came up with so many fun and creativ...Read More

Dan Oliver
Relationship: ClientProject Date: Apr 2020

My wife and I worked with Shannon to help us do a complete redesign of our backyard. She was very easy to work with and attentive to details we wanted in our backyard. She completed the design to all ...Read More

Relationship: ClientProject Date: Apr 2020

Meticulous! I have done my own landscaping and irrigation before but needed a repair to a poorly done retaining wall. Remodeling is no fun but Drew came in and made it look easy. Details were not over...Read More

Harry Arnold
Relationship: ClientProject Date: Feb 2020

We had a exceptional experience working with Shannon at Blooming Desert. She designed our complete planting plan for our newly constructed home. In conjunction with Springtime Landscaping our site h...Read More

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