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Outdoors By Design LLC is a small company with a lot of creative energy located in the Thurston and Mason County area of western Washington. We have a broad set of skills and talents, and we have built up a network of professionals to support you with any changes to your landscape.

Landscape Design

Leslie Coulter started Outdoors By Design in 2000 providing landscape design services. Her new company was the result of a long search for a career that satisfied both the desire to create beauty as well as to have technical challenges to meet. After more than 20 years as a software engineer, she went back to school studying horticulture and learned that her skills as an engineer and project manager, surprisingly, easily translated to landscaping. Leslie's primary responsibilities include landscape design and business matters, but also gets her hands dirty with the installations.

Landscape Installation

Adding Travis Meyer to the company was an easy choice. Though young in years, Travis has been in the landscaping profession since 1997. His broad experience with landscape installation, varying from setting plants to laying pavers and setting large boulders, along with his education in Horticulture allowed us to greatly expand our services. He is the "can-do" man who ensures that everybody's designs are implemented well, and is responsible for day-to-day operations.

Fine Gardening and Specialty Nursery

Phil Comer joined our team in 2007 merging his business, Halfside Bamboo, with Outdoors By Design LLC. He, too, was another Horticulture student. Phil brings his tremendous knowledge of bamboo and nursery management to our company, allowing us to further expand and create a specialty nursery. Phil is widely known throughout the bamboo industry and enjoys educating people about bamboo whenever possible. Check out his Bamboo Blog. Phil has many talents and manages our fine gardening services and our nursery. Phil also works with us to install the landscapes gaining the experience he needs to take care of your landscape.


Our Employees - Few businesses are successful without a good team of employees. We have a stellar team that each bring their own set of skills and experience.

Ernie Eichhorn is our lead installation guy and has been with us since April 2012. He brings a calm and thoughtful leadership along with his skill in stone work and carpentry.

Caleb Delanoy joined our installation team the summer of 2014 and brings his enthusiasm, professionalism and eagerness to take on any task.

Devin Geiger is part-time with us while he works on his degree in organic farming. Devin is an unstoppable worker with a ready smile.

Avery Welkin joined us in August 2014. With a background in small farming, garden care and tree care he runs the fine gardening part of our business with Phil. Avery is an ISA Certified Arborist with a high level of skill for pruning. After having his own garden and tree care businesses in Portland OR, Avery is glad to be working back in his hometown of Olympia.

Carmelita Townsend is with us seasonally and has double duty of running the bamboo nursery on Saturdays and working on the fine gardening team. She is truly one of our garden angels.