Sensible Modernist Garden

Hesla Project

The homeowner’s contacted Drake’s 7 Dees to start the landscape design process just as they were about to break ground on a complete remodel of the home itself, which was the perfect time to get us involved.  This way we worked together on the concept and style of the landscape as it related to the proposed new architectural features of the home.

We came up with some beautiful features in the landscape that reflected the modern sensibilities of the home’s redesign.  The home and landscape came together seamlessly, and our favorite part is how the plant palette accentuated the building façade. The homeowners tell us frequently how many compliments they get on their new landscape, and how happy they are to have worked with us.  For us, we are thankful for the opportunity to collaborate on such a beautiful project and to put our skills, talents, and expertise to good use for others.

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.