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Central Oregon'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 and Shannon currently focus their efforts on landscape and low voltage lighting design, backflow assembly testing, custom paver installation, project management and hourly consultations for D.I.Y. homeowners. 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. From 2012 to 2017, Drew and Shannon focused their efforts on starting up a mid-century, modern-inspired planter company, Steel Life. Steel Life 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. Shannon has 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.


Having worked with various contractors in central Oregon since 1984, Drew & Shannon remain among my top favorites. Throughout the multiple, albeit smaller, projects I have used BD Design for, our relationship was consistently solid, professional, and highly satisfactory, start to finish. Clear communication, vision that melded their expertise with my wishes, at a reasonable cost. I spend most of my time outside on my ten high desert acres, and strive, as FLW advises, to "study nature, love nature, stay close to nature" - BDD projects kept that goal alive for me. And their work always survived hard use by my multiple wild corgis!Read More

Shannon of Blooming Desert Design + Build exceeded my expectations. Shannon listened and understood my vision and put it on paper. Shannon then worked with our architectural review board to gain approval for the landscape design (our greatest concern), which I greatly appreciated. In addition, Shannon connected me with a local professional landscaper that I’m looking forward to working with. Shannon’s expertise, professionalism, and understanding was beyond amazing. Working with Blooming Desert Design + Build was fun and exciting. Thank you, Shannon!Read More

Shannon has been wonderful to work with! I can't wait until we start the project in the Spring and it comes to life. She was always professional, listened to what I was looking for, was sensitive to our budget, and was always responsive when I reached out. I love the planting options that will fit in the desired color palette and appreciate all her ideas...I can't wait until I am sitting in our new backyard space enjoying the sounds of the fountain while reading a book or watching the stars in our hot tub!Read More

Blooming Desert designed and help us install a beautiful landscaped yard and outdoor space. They were easy to work with, responsive to our many, many questions and delays. They made billing painless and met all of our time and service requests. I highly recommend!Read More

Shannon assisted us with our design and in navigating our HOA approval process. She was thorough, timely, and accessible every step of the way and we highly recommend her.Read More



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