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Laurie Van Zandt 801-388-8103 laurievz -at- yahoo -dot- com Address: 129 S 7200 E Huntsville, UT 84317 Mailing Address: Laurie Van Zandt 129 S 7200 E Huntsville, UT 84317

My Garden/My Home

He said, Your garden at dusk Is the soul of love Blurred in its beauty And softly caressing; I, gently daring This sweetest confessing, Say your garden at dusk Is your soul, My love.               -Anne Spencer


Laurie, Thank you for all your great ideas and the beautiful landscape plan! We greatly appreciate your creativity and your caring nature. Sincerely, Jeff & Emily 12/29/18 Hi Laurie, Thank you so much for making our back yard change from a pile of dirt and weeds to a beautiful space to relax and spend time with friends. Appreciate all your time and efforts. Dave & Pat DeJong Laurie, I wanted to tell you how much I love what you did to our neighbor’s yard.  Beautiful! Thank you so much!! Sincerely, Donna September 27, 2016 Dear Laurie, Thank you so much … Continue reading

Landscape Design Services

The Ardent Gardener Landscape Design and Project Coordination Creative Landscape Planning and Design Services A successful garden has a distinct atmosphere.  It can provide drama, excitement, relaxation, contemplation, and playfulness.  It should be inspiring, and create a mood through light and reflection, color, texture, form and scale.  A good design will deliberately define space, play with a relationship between nature and art, and create a strong connection to the natural world. Our designs can include patios, decks, wakways, pools, spas, walls, hillside retention, unique water and fire features, herb and vegetable gardens, chicken coops, lighting, and plantings. We can help with … Continue reading

About Laurie Van Zandt

My name is Laurie Van Zandt and I am the owner of The Ardent Gardener Landscape Design. An education and career in architectural design, combined with extensive classes and experience in landscape design, have been invaluable tools in helping me spatially plan exciting, creative, beautiful landscapes and gardens. I love what I do, and I believe that this is reflected in the uniqueness of my designs, and the excitement and passion I feel for projects of any size. I am an active Associate of the Association of Professional Landscape Designers (APLD), on the conference committees for the 2005 APLD International … Continue reading

Creating beautiful, unique landscapes, gardens and outdoor living spaces. “To become music, sound must be chosen and arranged. So it is with gardens.” – Charles W.  Moore, Architect The Poetics of Gardens

Going Green

by Laurie Van Zandt Ogden Valley News – April 1, 2009 In an effort to define standards for environmentally sustainable construction, the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System was developed by the U.S. Green Building Council in 1994. LEED was created to define “green building” by establishing a common standard of measurement and to raise consumer awareness of green building benefits. Points are awarded for meeting various criteria, with the ultimate goal of receiving a Certified, Silver, Gold or Platinum level of certification. The bottom line is to create a more sustainable built environment through … Continue reading

Staycations: Vacation Where You Live

by Laurie Van Zandt Ogden Valley News – February 1, 2009 With a changing economy and time constraints felt by so many Americans, “Staycation” has become the buzzword of a new generation of vacationers. defines ‘staycation’ as “A vacation that is spent at one’s home, enjoying all that home and one’s home environs have to offer.” A 2005 study by the Families and Work Institute found that up to one-third of employees feel chronically overworked, and will not use all the paid vacation that they are entitled to. Many people said they would get too behind on the job … Continue reading