We founded Light Dark Landscape to combine the principles of sustainability, beauty, and restoration in the landscape. We work to fulfill the needs of our clients, whether it’s a space to enjoy a meal outdoors, increase food production, reduce erosion, add a no-mow yard, repair on-site water issues, or remove invasive species. With each individual project, Light Dark Landscape’s goal is to create naturalized systems, minimize environmental impacts, provide year-round interest for both humans and creatures, all while meeting the visual needs of our clients. We believe in creating a working culture where our employees are treated with respect and paid fairly. We work with other companies and subcontractors whose values match our own.

Shannon McWalters

Shannon McWalters

Shannon is trained as a Landscape Architect from the University of Minnesota where she received her Master’s degree in 2009. She has been working in landscape for over 20 years, starting with organic farming and gardening, moving into community work helping residents design and implement rain gardens and alternative ways to deal with impervious surfaces; while pursuing her degree, she worked at Phillips Garden in south Minneapolis learning the tricks and trade of maintenance and installation.

Before starting Light Dark Landscape, she worked as a designer for Mother Earth Gardens for three seasons, keeping up-to-date with new plant selections and growing techniques. Shannon also has experience in project management, and has worked to strengthen our local food system through youth and immigrant work in collaboration with the Minnesota Food Association and the Pohlad Foundation.

Shannon is a skillful and intuitive designer who makes an art out of interpreting space while solving bigger sustainability issues. She loves the creative process and enjoys building a strong one-on-one relationship with her clients. Shannon loves to design landscapes that bring a modern touch to the wild, native landscape.

Julie Noren

Julie Noren

Julie studied horticulture at the University of Minnesota and is certified in permaculture design.

During breaks from her undergraduate degree she spent time working on organic farms in the western U.S. and Italy and completed an internship working in local food systems for the Southeastern Minnesota Food Network. She pursued her interest in food while working in kitchens in Minneapolis and starting a restaurant garden.

Julie worked for six seasons at Mother Earth Gardens, both in retail and on the install/maintenance crew. She has continued to study and practice organic growing methods, most recently taking classes in ecological restoration at the University of Minnesota.

Our Team

Light Dark values a fun and safe working environment that pays fair wages. We hire a knowledgable, diverse crew every season. We are lucky to have a great staff, fun to work with and eager to learn. We also have a valued network of sub-contractors to install all aspects of a functioning, beautiful landscape.

If you are interested in being a part of our team, please check out our available positions.

Photo: Lightdark 2018 Crew standing among birch trees