North Shore Garden Design

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North Shore Garden Design

Jonathan Morse’s passion for design began at an early age.  Some of his fondest memories are eating fresh carrots from his family’s garden.  His pursuit for an education in horticulture and design has led him throughout the United States and around the globe. He earned an interdisciplinary degree in Organic Plant Cultivation with an emphasis on Business and Economics from Fairhaven College at Western Washington University. His professional career has included wholesale and retail horticulture, in addition to his work in Landscape Design. 

Inspired by the agricultural roots of his maternal ancestry and the engineering career of his paternal grandfather, Jonathan has been developing the gardens of his home on Vashon Island since 1998.  His work emphasizes the juxtaposition of industrial and natural materials - organic and geometric forms.  One will often see a particular theme he has chosen repeated throughout the design.  Or he may choose an abstract interpretation of natural form as the inspiration behind a particular piece of work.  Paramount to his designs is the concept that humanity is an intrinsic part of the natural world.  Deeply rooted to all of his work is his connection to place.  Based on an appreciation of the ecological diversity and varied geology of the world in which we live, Jonathan seeks to highlight the essence of the land on which his design will come to being.

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North Shore Garden Design has an overall ZapScore of 59. This means that North Shore Garden Design has a higher ZapScore than 59% of all businesses on Zappenin. For reference, the median ZapScore for a business in Vashon, Washington is 38 and in the Landscaping Services & Supplies category is 55. Learn more about ZapScore.


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Brunnera 'Jack Frost' and Epimedium grandiflorum 'Lilafee' - a couple of stalwarts in the landscape.

Potager almost ready to plant.

I love this color combination. Podophyllum delavayi along with Heuchera '*!%# @**!%' with Corydalis 'China Blue' in the background. Heuchera '*!%# @**!%' is pretty much worthless except for the next month and a half; it burns with the slightest exposure to sun and withers away in the summer, but it does seem to some back in this spot year after year.

I love Spring evenings here in the garden.

Warning: even those plants labeled deer resistant, and sworn to be free from the hazards of grazing, do succumb to the pressures of hungry Vashon deer. Fritillaria meleagris has disappeared during bud stage for two years in a row, along with hosta, ferns, hakonechloa....what's next? A greater investment in fencing I believe. This photo is from 2008, long before this generation of deer were on our land.