Erica’s goal is to help clients realize their own personal “Shangri-La.” In designing modern, native-centric, and drought-tolerant gardens, she values:

  • Sustainable Beauty
  • Listening to clients
  • Nuanced design solutions
  • Connecting with Nature
  • Adapting to Climate Change

As a former land use planner, real estate analyst, and community development professional Erica brings a big picture vision to the design table as well as a keen eye for detail. This includes an appreciation for the complex relationships between often invisible systems (both natural and human-made) that make city life possible.

In addition to landscape design and fine gardening, unique services include:

  • Zoning code analysis and interpretation
  • Greywater system design
  • Project management
  • Sustainable construction consulting
  • Low-impact garden maintenance
  • Garden coaching
  • A fine sense of humor


Erica was born and raised in Portland, Oregon. She attended Pomona College (Claremont, CA) and Portland State University for her undergraduate degree, and received her Masters in Urban and Regional Planning (MURP) from Portland State University in 2013. Since leaving the planning and real estate world to pursue landscape design, she has worked for and with a diverse set of businesses including Independence Gardens, Living Structures Garden Design, Xera Plants Inc., Resilience Design, and Queen Green Gardens.  Shangri La Landscape Design incorporated as an sole-proprietor LLC in January 2018.

Erica currently lives in Southeast Portland with her 7-year-old dog-child Billie Holiday. In her free time she likes to backpack, whitewater raft, play in her own garden, and spend time with her nieces and nephew Sierra (4), Annika (2) and Wilder (0).