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.
14 Reviews
Dennis Harvey
Relationship: ClientProject Date: Aug 2019

Shannon and Drew work as a great team together. The design in my new home in Redmond included, lots of Trees, Color, Lighting, Pavers, Water Feature and a Hot Tub. It was designed with a minimum of ...Read More

Beth Wagenknecht
Relationship: ClientProject Date: Feb 2020

We couldn't be happier with our experience working with Blooming Desert Design & Build! We needed help creating an enjoyable space that gave us more privacy, a pathway to our gate and be dog friend...Read More

John Sanchez
Relationship: ClientProject Date: Feb 2020

We wanted a cobblestone patio extension with a small stone wall. Blooming Desert came out promptly and Drew came up with some good ideas, and a fair price for the job. He’s the nicest guy, and very go...Read More

Relationship: ClientProject Date: Mar 2019

If you have any kind of landscape design work in mind, please do yourselves a favor and call Blooming Desert Design + Build. I wanted to spruce up my landscaping all around the house as many of th...Read More

Scott Robertson
Relationship: ClientProject Date: Apr 2018

I am very pleased with both Shannon and Drew. They responded to my calls and emails quickly. Drew designed a new irrigation system for our new home and provided detailed oversight in the installation ...Read More

Vicky Thomas
Relationship: ClientProject Date: Oct 2019

2 years ago my husband and I decided to get a dog. We have a very small backyard that is not at all dog friendly. Shannon created a lovely natural landscape with a river rock river bed to reduce diggi...Read More

Relationship: Received an estimate

Our project with Shannon Lester of Booming Desert has recently been completed and we are thrilled! She was a dream to work with: she listened to our needs, had wonderful ideas and solutions,great and ...Read More

Douglas Haaga
Relationship: ClientProject Date: May 2019

We have worked with Blooming Desert for the last 3 summers and they do an excellent job, very professional. Our lot is about 6/10's of an acre so we divided the project into 3 phases: west side yard,...Read More

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