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.
Bend's One-Of-A-Kind Landscape Designer
8 Reviews
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

Relationship: Workshop

I have taken a couple of Shannon’s creative and reasonably priced plant workshops and I would highly recommend these! Shannon is thoughtful, creative, fun and encouraging! She helps people create thei...Read More

Lisa Joy
Relationship: ClientProject Date: Jan 2017

Prompt, professional, creative and easy to work with! What more could you want from any business? Drew & Shannon work as a great team, in the field and in the office. Drew has the experience and the...Read More

Relationship: ClientProject Date: May 2017

A fantastic company! Shannon provided a thoughtful and creative plan. She designed a steel retainer wall, pavers, crushed granite, and a space that brought the outside inside. The plants are really fu...Read More

Barbara Gerard
Relationship: ClientProject Date: Sep 2015

Very satisfied with the two projects Drew and Shannon have done for me. My patio and rock walkway is a large part of the transformation of my side and back yard. They were easy to work with and just...Read More

Gail Keller
Relationship: ClientProject Date: Mar 2017

Shannon was great to work with. She responded quickly, listened to our thoughts and ideas and is very knowledgeable. We have already recommended her to our neighbors. She was very flexible when we w...Read More

Kathy Ormsby
Relationship: ClientProject Date: Jul 2008

A great couple who know what they are doing, easy to work with, and results are always amazing! After several years, we are reaping the benefits!Read More

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