Colleen Miko, Certified Professional Horticulturist and
Colleen has been working in horticulture on the west coast
since 1992. Before starting her local design business “Colleen’s” in Port Orchard, she worked as
a nursery person, and offered both interior plant design and maintenance as well as landscape maintenance services. Colleen is a Certified Professional Horticulturist (CPH) and has her Masters of Science in Agriculture from Washington State University. In 2005 she studied Plant Protection and Pest Management at the graduate level at the University of Georgia, in the Department of Entomology. She has been an active member of the Washington State Nursery and Landscape Association (WSNLA) since 1998 and has been twice been named their Member of the Year. Her practical experience combined with ongoing educational training makes her a knowledgeable and helpful garden consultant.
A member of the Garden Writer’s Association since
2007, Colleen pens frequent articles geared to green industry professionals for
WSNLA’s magazine B&B. In addition, Colleen is a regular contributor to WestSound
Home & Garden Magazine and radio station, KPLU’s online feature
Think Local/Around the House.
Colleen’s blog at
www.colleenmiko.wordpress.com features musings on plants, design, books and
all things garden related, in addition to topics of personal interest such as
insects, crafts, vintage home décor and green living.
Her design work is diverse, ranging from ultra-modern gardens to romantic and
old fashioned. She has designed award-winning gardens for the Point Defiance and
Northwest Flower and Garden Shows and her television debut as winning designer on the HGTV show “Landscaper’s Challenge” aired in 2007.
Colleen enjoys speaking for local garden groups and professional
organizations on a number of topics related to plants and landscapes. When her
garden takes its winter slumber, Colleen likes to create mosaics with glass and
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“Suburban Swank with a Twist”
In February 2007, Colleen coordinated and designed a show garden for the Northwest Flower and Garden Show. The garden, titled “Suburban Swank with a Twist” was a collaboration with another landscape designer, Phyllis Warman
www.phylliswarman.com , on behalf of the Washington State Nursery & Landscape Association (WSNLA), of which she has been an active member since 1998. The garden received three awards: The Seattle Homes & Lifestyles First in Home and Design Award for the garden that best demonstrates design for a residential garden in the Seattle area; The People’ Choice Award from attendees of the Premier Gala Hosted by the Arboretum Foundation and the Bronze Medal. See photographs of “Suburban Swank with a Twist”.
Colleen has designed two other award winning show gardens for WSNLA, one for the Point Defiance Flower & Garden show in June of 2006 titled “He’s Out Back” and the other for the Northwest Flower & Garden Show in 2003 titled “Art Nouveau Becomes New Art”. Designing show gardens allows Colleen to work alongside talented artisans, experiment with new landscaping materials and get feedback from the public. See photographs of “He’s Out Back”.
In 2006, Colleen was chosen to participate in an episode of HGTV’s television show “Landscaper’s Challenge” along with another landscape designer and landscape architect. Her design for a Children’s Garden was chosen for installation of the three presented to the homeowners. The episode, filmed in West Seattle, follows the design process from the original presentation through landscape installation to the completed garden. The episode aired August 2007 on HGTV. “Doing the show was a unique opportunity to compare what I had done with the garden space to what two other respected professionals had designed for the same area. It was fun to see that all three of us had imagined something completely different and they were all beautiful.” says Colleen of her “Landscaper’s Challenge” experience. See before and after photos of this fun project.
Colleen has won the 2008 Environmental Landscape Award of Merit from the Washington Association of Landscape Professionals (WALP) for her landscape design for the Milligan Residence. “The Environmental Landscape Awards celebrate how quality design, workmanship and maintenance enhance the natural beauty of our environment and exemplifies our Association’s goal of responsible environmental stewardship,” said WALP President Richard Casey. The awards are given by a peer panel of experts in the industry. To see photographs of this award winning landscape.