OWNER, Jana Vanderhaar, RLA #856 Verdant Connections Landscape Architecture is a creation by Jana. With a Master’s in Landscape Architecture from the University of Michigan’s School of Natural Resources & the Environment in Ann Arbor, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Pre-Veterinary Wildlife Biology from Auburn University in Alabama, she is uniquely suited to merge ecological systems with sustainable design elements. The result is a long-lasting and green outcome for your landscape project. Jana is a registered landscape architect actively licensed with the State of Nevada Board of Landscape Architecture since June 2011.
Jana uses sustainable principles in harmony with our regional climate, soils, and ecology. Her goal is to understand and express the essential character of your site and your individual needs, and use that information to create synergistic plans that tell the story of what your landscape can be. If you are looking for a low-maintenance landscape design, drought-tolerant and/or native plant suggestions, a vegetable garden, orchard, or children's garden design, give Jana a call to help you plan a landscape that is in harmony with nature: (775) 412-8771
Blending people & nature
EXPERTISE In her field, Jana has experience in: ✴Residential and commercial landscape design development - from concept to final submittal ✴Drought-tolerant perennial and shrub planting designs ✴ Edible garden design and organic gardening practices ✴Native plant identification & xeroscape plans ✴ Specialty designs, such as: children's & school gardens, culinary & medicinal herb spirals, pollinator habitats, meadows & wildlife plantings, and multi-acre homesteading parcel layout ✴Storm water management (Low Impact Development) ✴ Restoration & wildflower seed mixes ✴Interpretive signage artwork ✴ Sustainable living advise, including sourcing local food
LOCAL INVOLVEMENT Growing and sourcing local and organic food is a passion for Jana, so she is intimately involved in many local food groups in town, including the Great Basin Community Food Coop and Sustainable Nevada. As an advocate for ecological landscape design and sustainable community living, she serve on the board of the northern Nevada Chapter of the Society of Landscape Architecture and the City of Reno's Ward 1 Neighborhood Advisory Board. Her goal is to turn Truckee Meadows verdant one garden at a time.
WHAT DOES A LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT DO? Landscape architects are design professionals that plan and design private gardens, communities, transportation corridors, storm water management projects, public parks, and other outdoor spaces. These projects help provide a myriad of benefits including: ✴Safe, healthy places for families to live and recreate through planning ✴ Enhancement of property values by use of lanscape designs ✴Restored local habitats through ecological planning, restoration guidelines & practices ✴ A clean and safe community water supply ✴Multi-modal transportation corridors accessible to all citizens