About the designer

Eileen is featured in “The Humane Gardener book
(Princeton Architectural Press, 2017).

Landscape designer Eileen Stark:

For as long as I can remember I’ve been smitten with growing things and have had a tremendous respect for all living beings. I considered myself a conservationist as soon as I learned what the word meant. With an academic background in biology, my design work bridges the fields of ecology, wildlife conservation, and landscape design. 

Since 1996 I’ve professionally planned unique Pacific Northwest gardens that transform underused spaces into vibrant and ecologically functional landscapes. Utilizing botanical expertise as well as design, permaculture, and restoration ecology principles, my designs help increase biodiversity, conserve resources, and meet clients’ goals.

I’m also an author, freelance writer, and photographer. My book, Real Gardens Grow Natives: Design, Plant & Enjoy a Healthy Northwest Garden (Mountaineers Books), was released in October 2014.

I believe in volunteerism, so I offer my time and skills whenever possible. I belong to my neighborhood Tree Team, and have coordinated neighborhood tree plantings and participated in natural area plantings with Friends of Trees. I’ve performed research to further legal protections for wildlife (such as working on the petition that led to the listing of the grey wolf as endangered in California), and advocate for animals and their habitat in many other ways. Present and past affiliations include: Animal Legal Defense Fund, Animal Welfare Institute, Backyard Habitat Certification Program, Big Wildlife, Center for Biological Diversity, Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon, Friends of Trees, Oregon Native Plant Society, Predator Defense, Save Our Elms, Society for Ecological Restoration, and the Xerces Society.