Porthole Design: A Unique and Personal Approach to Garden-Making
At Porthole Design, our idea of great landscape design is one where people come into contact with nature and are changed by what they see. In other words, we make gardens that aim not just to beautify a setting but actually transform the people who inhabit that setting. It all starts with plants: careful selection, placement, and groupings of trees, shrubs, perennials, bulbs, grasses, and more. Placing a special emphasis on small outdoor spaces and container gardens, Porthole Design works hard to make it look easy, creating a full-sensory, living experience with the surrounding landscape and architecture of your home.
I want the gardens Porthole Design creates to influence people’s lives as much as the other way around. To slow us down, allow us to establish roots, make visitors to the garden “see” things as if for the first time, to excite with the unexpected and the new. These are some of my goals. At Porthole Design, the plants in my landscape designs are center stage. I take pride in knowing their botanical names, growth habits, cold and heat tolerance, uses and histories and charms and my mission is to create unique spaces where people and plants come into contact with one another. Ultimately, I believe a well-designed garden should inspire and influence us, as well as inform and change the way we encounter the world beyond it. Call today to see what I can create for you!
David Meeker, owner of Porthole Design, recently talked about Texas landscape design with Tom Spencer on KLRU’s Central Texas Gardener! (interview begins 8 minutes, 35 seconds in…)
January 28, 2012
In the first Central Texas Gardener episode I did when I was the Nursery Manager at Gardens, I talk about evergreen structure in the garden… (interview begins 8 minutes, 07 seconds in…)
Since 1995, David Meeker of Porthole Design has been designing and building fine gardens with a focus on sustainability, beauty, and ownership. Working from a foundational premise that plant selection and placement are the keys to great and inspiring garden design, Porthole Design seeks to rebuild what is possible in your yard. As a horticultural and design consultant, nursery and landscape design manager, and head plant buyer for influential landscape design and architecture firms in San Francisco, Iowa, and Austin, David has absorbed a wide range of styles and amassed a large palette of unique plants to serve his clients' needs. The aims of Porthole Design are simple: to create gardens we would want to live in. If you are thinking of planning or implementing a new garden (or upgrading an existing one) or simply want to schedule a 1-hour horticultural consultation to answer garden-related questions, please feel free to contact us for more information on our hourly rates and availability.