Selected Landscape
Design & Construction Portfolio

Drake’s 7 Dees is passionate about landscape design and installation. We specialize in building outdoor spaces
for living, laughing, and making countless memories with friends and family.

PNW Poolside

Pool design is not just the pool dimensions, but how the pool fits into the site specifically and its surroundings. Elevation changes, location…

Shady Boulder Garden

We looked to maximize the front yard’s potential vis-à-vis the microclimate. The shade, however, kept things interesting in that we had to look…

Inner NE Arts & Crafts

When these garden-loving homeowners built their home on the site of a tear-down in the Alameda neighborhood of…

Skyline Viewing Deck

Perched above the sidewalks on a prominent corner lot, this meticulously restored colonial is the grande dame of Irvington. But, as these…

Cues from Rome

Roaring fires, soaring cedar structures clad in star jasmine, and luxurious wood and black steel arbors. Our friends and clients here…

California Relaxed

This active Lake Oswego family was struggling with an insufficient patio perched at the base of a steeply-sloped backyard. The hill that…

Sensible Modernist Garden

We came up with some beautiful features in the landscape that reflected the modern sensibilities of the home’s redesign. The home and…

Sandy Lodge

We looked to maximize the front yard’s potential vis-à-vis the microclimate. The shade, however, kept things interesting in that we had to look…

Buckhaven Pavilion

In retirement, many people move from a colder, wetter climate to a hotter, drier one. This couple, however, traded bustling, balmy San Diego…

Steel & Glass Pavilion

As one might guess from the sleek, modernist outdoor space our team created for these Washington homeowners, the house…

Rosepark Stroll Garden

Our team paid careful attention to the grade changes, dimensions of the yard, line-of-sight, and the difficult sun/shade patterns to…

Contemporary Colonial Revival

Perched above the sidewalks on a prominent corner lot, this meticulously restored colonial is the grande dame of Irvington. But, as these…

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.