I’m Katrina Kelly, owner and solopreneur of EARTHeim Landscape Design Studio.
EARTHeim is a registered LLC and insured business.
Katrina Kelly is the owner and solopreneur of EARTHeim Landscape Design Studio, LLC. She is a native of Lexington, Kentucky and studied at the University of Kentucky.
She has a Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture and a Bachelor of Arts in Music. She has won awards for her landscape designs and musicianship.
Her interest in native plants began while volunteering at the Salato Wildlife Education Center in Frankfort, Kentucky with Mary Carol Cooper in 2004. She continued her interest of garden design during her employment at the UK Arboretum under Marcia Farris in 2009.
“I started gardening over 15 years ago with a small vegetable garden and a couple of spaces for a native plant garden. It’s always been instinctive to me how to grow a garden and how to work with plants. Since then, I’ve always had some type of garden, even if it was a tiny window box. I started learning about native plants in 2004, and began my studies in landscape architecture in 2006. Since then I have expanded my design focus on ecological garden design and practices. I saw the need and desire for this type of garden design by the community and also find it extremely fascinating.”
Professional degree from the 5 year LAAB accredited program
EARTHeim Landscape Design Studio, llc is not your typical landscaping business. I offer landscape design, installation, fine gardening, and garden coaching in Lexington, Kentucky.
EARTHeim (earth-hime) means ‘earth home’. Heim is an old Nordic word for ‘home’.
The logo was created by Cricket Press of Lexington, Kentucky.
EARTHeim starts booking in the fall for designs that could be installed in spring. Fall is the absolute best time to get started on a design project since designs can be completed through the winter and be ready come planting time. If you are wishing to start a design project for your garden in the spring, I urge you to contact me in the fall when the season is less busy. Did I mention that fall is the best time to starting planning for your garden design?
Every project is different and will take different amounts of time to complete based on several factors. Don’t hesitate to contact me about your project, I’m always happy to chat with you. However, it is best to book in advance if you have a specific timeline in mind. Please understand, if you contact me in March through May designs or installation may not be completed or began until summer, fall, or even the following season. January or February can be the second best time to start a design.
Contact me early to reserve your slot for a consultation, design, fine gardening plan, or other service. The best time to start planning for your design project is in the fall.
What is an ecological garden or a ‘Living Landscape’?
A living landscape is a garden that entices human involvement with the natural world- whether this is through admiring its beauty, creating homesteading gardens with edible food, a cut flower garden, watching butterflies, bees, birds, and other insects, or solving drainage issues with a rain garden.
A living landscape is also an ecological garden. It supports wildlife in a variety of ways like providing food and habitat for birds, butterflies, bees, and other wildlife. It takes into consideration a much bigger picture and a larger understanding of our environment and how our gardens ties into this. An ecological garden is sustainable and focuses on reducing maintenance and water usage by choosing native plants that are hardy and tolerant.
It is also conscientious for what the client wants and what will work with the landscape at hand. I treat everyone’s garden like it’s my own with attention to detail and practicing proper and professional garden techniques.
I endorse organic and low-impact gardening including no or minimal pesticide use, such as avoiding lawn and mosquito spraying, which is detrimental to our pollinators and toxic to our own health as well.
Creating Living Landscapes For All
When I begin working with a client, I listen to their wants and needs and put this together with the needs of the landscape to create a design that is functional and beautiful. Wether you want a modern or formal garden, a themed garden, or a wildflower cottage garden, each design is tailored to your likes in style, color, and functional needs.
My work is thoughtful, I put in the work to chose plants that will work within the landscape over time and for that specific space. This means I choose the best plants for the given space. No plants are ever used that are considered invasive. I take into consideration your lifestyle wether you’re single, have children or pets, travel a lot, or love to garden.
Sustainable Gardens Support Pollinators & Wildlife
I believe creating aesthetically pleasing landscapes with native plants is completely attainable and will show we no longer should plant our landscapes with an abundance of exotic species, which attract little or no wildlife to them. These landscapes are sterile and shows that plants are often thought of as sculptures that provide little other benefits.
The United States has lost 50% of its bird species since the 1960s. This means on average, we are loosing 1% of our bird species per year. This is an incredible rate, and the decline is noticeable in our neighborhoods and naturalized areas. The populations of pollinators and birds is a direct indicator of how healthy our environment is.
In the past few years I have planted many native plants in the landscape around my home. Even though I live in a typical neighborhood I have seen a noticeable change in the amount and diversity of insects and birds in my garden. The living landscape I have created is now a much more interesting place during all seasons. I believe by simply planting a garden with native plants, no matter how small or large, is one of the biggest ways we can impact the health of our environment, wildlife, and even our own.
My garden has become a place that the kid’s in the neighborhood know as ‘the butterfly garden’. I believe educating people about native plants and their importance in our landscapes is important so people realize the actions we need to take in our own landscapes. With the right plants and design, your own yard can become a certified Monarch Waystation or Backyard Wildlife Habitat through the National Wildlife Federation.
Sustainability in Your Garden
EARTHeim is a sustainability focused design business; other aspects of sustainability we can help you with is the creation of rain gardens, using rain chains and rain barrels in the landscape, vegetable and herb gardening, composting, and even backyard chickens.
Homesteading no matter on what scale is another large way we can be good stewards. We would love to help you get started with your own backyard homestead or even learning how to grow a container of tomatoes or herbs on your patio.
Growing your own food not only means you know what is on it, but it’s really convenient to pick food in your own yard for dinner, lowers your carbon footprint, and means there is less chance you will purchase food that is contaminated in the grocery store. There is a rise of cases in the United States of our food contaminated with pathogens and disease. Homegrown food also tastes delicious! It’s a great way to get kids involved in something that will keep them learning and interested in our earth.