Rosepark Stroll Garden

Dernedde Project


Referred by a close friend who had worked with the Drake’s design team a few years earlier, the homeowners had been introduced to our design process and had previously spent time in one of our garden’s.   So, they were more than excited to reimagine their long and narrow backyard space into the garden they’d always dreamed of having.  

Our team paid careful attention to the grade changes, dimensions of the yard, line-of-sight, and the difficult sun/shade patterns to craft a custom stroll garden featuring natural bluestone pavers cut to various square and rectangular dimensions.  Another detail that makes a big impact: tumbled bluestone risers at various lengths for steps that look comfortable and soft.  

A discerning eye will notice how the plantings on each side of the pathway require different light needs.   The house keeps one side close to full shade year-round, while the other side gets nearly full sun. Our designers used the pathway itself as the transition zone, and carefully selected plants suited for each side.

A lifelong Oregon resident, Drake has been passionate about plants since childhood, beginning with propagating and growing flowers at his grandfather’s nursery. He opened Drake’s 7 Dees in 1974, while earning degrees in Business and Horticulture from Oregon State University. He later expanded into the design/build side of the industry, allowing him to combine his passion for plants with his love of family by maximizing the quality of family time spent outdoors.

Drake is co-founder of the Oregon Landscape Contractors Association and is a Landscape Industry Certified Manager (LICM)—a designation that less than two percent of landscapers have attained. Additionally, Drake serves on the Board of Directors for the Portland Japanese Gardens, widely regarded as one of the seven best Japanese gardens outside of Japan.

Drake is married to former Oregon Speaker of the House, Lynn Snodgrass. Together, he and Lynn received the Farm Bureau President’s award in 1999 for their service and dedication to agriculture in the state of Oregon. Drake and Lynn have two wonderful daughters, two talented son-in-laws, and seven grandchildren. In his spare time, Drake enjoys camping, water and snow skiing, reading, and of course, gardening.