Sprucing up: Jill Nunemaker of Verterra Landscape Design

Revelations Secret Garden by Jill Nunemaker.
Revelations Secret Garden by Jill Nunemaker; photo by Nunemaker.

By Janette Turner

Edmonds resident Jill Nunemaker has received awards for her display gardens at Northwest Flower and Garden Show, but some of her proudest moments come from turning unlikely local spaces into showpieces. I recently talked with Nunemaker, owner of Verterra Landscape Design, about her work, including the transformation of Revelations Secret Garden.

 My Edmonds News: Please tell us about your business.

J.N.: My designs transform outdoor areas into beautiful and functional outdoor living spaces, which have all season interest, and in a manner which respects our environment and water resources. Consideration is given not only to a specific site, but also the surrounding area.
Listening to a client’s needs and wishes helps to identify both the aesthetic look as well as the function of a design. Consideration is given not only to aesthetics and function, but also maintenance, water needs and budget. Careful attention to design principles as well as plant choices ensure a successful design. I have a strong emphasis upon horticulture, and my company provides design services ranging from small, such as containers, to large comprehensive Master Plans.

My Edmonds News: What is your training?

J.N.: I received my ATA in Landscape Design from Edmonds Community College. My career in Landscape Design evolved as a natural progression, combining my years as a fine artist with my love of gardening. I have been a designer for display gardens at the Northwest Flower and Garden Show in 2010, 2011, and 2012, receiving numerous awards. I am also an active member of the Edmonds community, sharing my passion for arts and gardening. I have volunteered for many years in Edmonds schools, teaching art and gardening. I feel volunteering is essential to understanding the needs of both individuals and the community at large. I also enjoy painting, both on canvas and murals.

My Edmonds News: Do you have a story about a particular job?

J.N.: Even a small and unattractive space can be turned into something special and beautiful. An example can be seen at a local business, Revelations Yogurt.  An ugly back alley was transformed into an oasis of color and fragrance. It is now a garden room where one can sit and relax, surrounded by flowers and shielded from the views of the alley.

More information on Verterra Landscape Design can be found on Nunemaker’s website. And if you have a landscape business – and would like to be featured in our April “Sprucing Up” series – contact Janette Turner.

  1. I have seen this transformation and her work is absolutely beautiful.
    Being a fine artist and a landscape architect lend her work something very special.

    Thank you Janette for illuminating another Edmonds talent !

    Ingrid wolsk

  2. Ahhhh, I wish you’d told Edmonds that Revelations Secret Garden will stay secret and unavailable to patrons until “the summer”–I was not the only patron hoping to have my frozen yoghurt treat in the new Secret Garden–I heard others after me asking the same thing…..alas….

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