Karen McGrath Design

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Karen McGrath


About Karen McGrath

The interaction of people and the landscape has been the focus of my entire professional life. In college, I studied how people and the environment relate to one another with courses in natural sciences, anthropology, and geography. To go beyond just academic knowledge, I entered the design profession through graduate study in landscape architecture.

My work spans several states and at many different scales and environments. I have participated in resource management and planning at federal parks and reservoirs, developed projects for grant-funded urban revitalization and neighborhood rebuilding efforts, master planned a municipal park system, and created many unique residential gardens. I am especially interested in having my landscapes, whether public or private, relate to their natural, historical, and architectural settings so that there is a sense of place and a depth of character to each project.

Presently the owner of my own landscape design consulting firm in Redding, CA, I look for an open, collaborative, and enthusiastic communication with property owners, engineers, contractors, and architects. (I play well with others!) Past public projects include the City of Redding's 2.5 acre Sculpture Park at City Hall, and the revised concept plan for the Palo Cedro Park.

I am currently focusing my work on the creation of custom gardens for both new and renovated homes, with an emphasis on the relationship between interior and exterior spaces and the use of outdoor living spaces as rooms.

I spent several years as a council member for the 12-acre McConnell Arboretum and Botanical Gardens at Turtle Bay Exploration Park, where I contributed to the Gardens' design and opening in 2005.

In 2008, I was adjunct instructor of landscape design at Shasta College's Environmental Horticulture Department. Please look for my occasional postings online at A News Cafe dot com  a northstate blog of news and opinion hosted by Doni Chamberlain.

In addition to my graduate work in landscape architecture, I hold a master's certificate in applied project management, and am a graduate of the California Main Street training. My curiosity and interests are varied, and I am always pursuing interesting tangents with continuing education classes, workshops, and trainings in horticulture, design, and other related fields.