We’re The Landscape Company You’ve Been Looking For!
Why? It’s a combination of all the things we do and stand for. We’re about building relationships as much as building landscapes. We invest in building our local community to make it as vibrant as it can be. We build landscapes that will make it possible for you live how you want to live.
Don’t know where to start? Contact us to get started. We’re merely a ‘text’ away.
James Young, Owner
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We’re about to offer a ceramics as part of our landscape package. Stay tuned for more info…
If you want to see previous work we’ve done, our portfolio is on this page.
Our blog about Transition gardens, permaculture, sustainability, gardening, and related stories starts on this page.
James Young is the owner of Blue Wheelbarrow Landscapes. He earned a certificate in landscape horticulture from South Seattle Community College with a concentration in design. Prior to starting Ginkgo Landscape Design, James was a mechanical engineer for the Boeing Company. He has a unique mix of analytical and creative skills which combines with a love of nature to make landscapes with great spatial design, flow, and functionality.
Licia Young, James’ wife, is the office manager of Blue Wheelbarrow. She also runs Liciabeads.com which is a small jewelry making and supply business where she combines gemstone and glass beads with wire wrapping techniques to create personal, one-of-a-kind, handmade, local jewelry.
A Little Bit About Us
Blue Wheelbarrow Landscapes started in 2003 as Ginkgo Landscape Design. The change in name to Blue Wheelbarrow signals a shift in focus from mostly aesthetic landscape experiences to landscapes that focus more on sustainability, healthy living, and resilience. This change is fueled by resource depletion and increasing pollution that will challenge the way we live today and the near future.
As we are all at a crossroads with changing climate coupled with dwindling energy resources. What does it mean for our future? Part of the answer is how we use our landscapes.
We at Blue Wheelbarrow are anticipating the changes we will need to make as a family but also as a business that needs to sustain itself while doing no harm to our environment. We do not know exactly what will be required in the coming years but we do know we need to learn new ways to add resilience to our lives in order to counteract the unpredictability ahead.
Our Blue Wheelbarrow symbol represents handmade craftsmanship, renewable energy use, localism, non-industrialism, simplicity of form, functional elegance, reliability, and strength. A broad definition of landscaping includes all the world around us. Beyond just our yards, it extends wherever we interact with Nature, even in the way we build our most dense cityscapes.
We know big changes are coming. The future promises to be nothing like today.
Where We Normally Work
We would like to work anywhere in Washington and beyond. For instance, we would love to work in Hawaii. Unfortunately, you know how much it costs to travel. I think I’m dropping a hint. If free plane tickets to paradise are not in the offering, we’d like to keep our work area restricted near home base to reduce commuting, as shown above. Design work requires fewer trips. Installations usually requires more trips. It depends on the project.