“Remagic your piece of earth”
EARTHeim (earth-hime) means ‘our earthly home’.
The logo was created by Cricket Press of Lexington, Kentucky.
EARTHeim is an ecological landscape design business based in Lexington, Kentucky. We focus on creating sustainable and environmentally friendly landscapes using mostly native plants. We care about the environment! We see this as something inherit to being human; taking care of that which takes care of you. A healthier environment means healthier lives for us.
Living Landscapes. Ecological landscapes can be called a ‘living landscape’, a term created by the author and entomologist, Douglas Tallamy. A living landscape is a landscape or garden that is alive! Of course lanscapes having living things in them, however so many times gardens are thought of just aesthetically. A living landscape takes into consideration that a landscape is a dynamic ecosystem full of life forms like wildlife, insects, plants, fungi, and microbes which all depend on one another. This type of landscaping has a goal of benefiting the earth instead of harming it.
Some ways EARTHeim promotes ‘living landscapes’ is by:
- Using mostly native plants that benefit pollinators and birds
- Not using invasive plants and ecouraging their removal
- Using good design practices for lower maintenance landscapes
- “Right plant, right place” for longer lasting landscapes
- Proper mulching practices
- Very limited to no chemical usage, usually only for invasive plant removal
- Addressing drainage issues to prevent soil erosion
- Sustainable practicies to enhance soil and plant health
- Being involved with sustainable education in the community
Working with Us. Please review the landscape services I offer to see if EARTHeim is a good fit for your project. Landscape companies have different processes in which they work with their clients. EARTHeim is a speciality business. When you hire me, you are hiring someone who has years of education and knowledge to provide these services.
EARTHeim books quickly and usually has a waiting list depending on the project. We are able to work with a limited number of projects and clients each year, so please contact me early in your project’s phase.
- You may Start Here to learn about my services.
- Check out my blog series ‘The Garden Scoop’ to learn more about working with landscaping companies.
- I have a form you may fill out if you’d like to schedule a Discovery Call or schedule a Consultation.
EARTHeim is a registered LLC and insured business.
Hello! I’m Katrina and I’m the owner of EARTHeim Landscape Design. My passion for plants began in high school botany class, then I became passionate about native plants when I volunteered at the Salato Wildlife Center in Frankfort, KY and during my employment at the UK Arboretum.
I saw the positive impact native plants have in our environment. I combined this interest with design during my studies in the Landscape Architecture at the University of Kentucky.
I began EARTHeim in 2013 when I saw the need for more environmentally sustainable landscaping using native plants. I also wanted to share with people the love of gardens and their beauty. I want to show people that landscaping can have more meaning.
University of Kentucky
Bachelors of Science in Landscape Architecture Professional degree from the 5 year LAAB accredited program
University of Kentucky
Bachelor of Arts in Music
- Lexington Citizens Environmental Academy: “Tree Care Video Guide” Class of 2019
- Backyard Streams Program: UK Cooperative Extension 2019
- Kentucky Native Plant Society Stewardship
- Citizens Planning Academy: Fayette Alliance
- ‘Engage Lex’ Fellowship: ProgressLex 2014
- Event Planning Certificate: Trendimi
- Certified Backyard Wildlife Master Gardener: Fish & Wildlife 2005
- Lexington GreenCheck Gold Status 2022, Silver Status 2019 Video
- Certified Kentucky Nurseryman KNLA 2016
- Osher Lifelong Learning Institute: Volunteer Faculty “Gardening for the Living Landscape” 2015-Present
- Wild Ones Lexington Chapter: Board member/Newsletter Editor 2016-Present
- Lexington in Bloom: Appreciation for your Garden Display (2021)
- Bluegrass Iris Show: 1st place 3x, Runner up 2x (2021)
- Bluegrass Flower Show: Best in Show Harvest Basket (2019)
- Lexington in Bloom Runner Up: Annual Plantings (2016)
- Kentucky Chapter American Society of Landscape Architects Design Award (2011)
- University of Kentucky Oswald Award: Design (2010)
- University of Kentucky Oswald Award: Fine Arts (2010)
- Sisters of Loretto St. Mary’s Garden 2022
- Sisters of Loretto Motherhouse Courtyard Gardens 2020
- Lexington Plant By Numbers: Frontyard Edition 2020
- Lexington Plant By Numbers: Streetside Edition 2019
- Lexington Plant By Numbers: Streamside Edition 2018
- Berea’s Municipal Pollinator Gardens 2017
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 cutting flowers for an arrangement, or watching wildlife.
A living landscape is also an ecological garden. It supports wildlife in a variety of ways like providing food and habitat for 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 hardy native plants.
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 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 appropriate 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.