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 McWalters is co-founder and lead designer at Light Dark Landscape. She 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 25 years, starting with organic farming and gardening, moving into community work helping residents implement rain gardens and alternative ways to deal with impervious surfaces.

In addition to her design training, Shannon has experience in project management, and has worked to strengthen our local food system while minimizing environmental impacts of farming through youth and immigrant work in collaboration with the Minnesota Food Association and the Pohlad Foundation.

Her undergraduate studies in Historic Preservation and Architecture help her design at the site specific level while her Community Development training assists in the big picture thinking required to be a comprehensive ecological designer. Shannon spends her winters being inspired by the beauty and warmth of the Sonoran Desert with her wonderful family.

Julie Noren

Julie Noren

Julie Noren is the co-founder and President of Light Dark Landscape managing the day to day operations of the business. Julie has a B.A. in Horticulture at the University of Minnesota and is certified in permaculture design and also designs for Light Dark Landscape. Julie is a trained project manager and also manages the maintenance division of Light Dark Landscape. 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.

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 finished classes in ecological restoration at the University of Minnesota.

Both co-founders project lead the installations of their designs to ensure their continued success.

Felicia Wolters

Felicia Wolters works as Light Dark Landscape’s Project Site Manager and Design Assistant. She entered the field of professional landscaping after studying art and geography at St. Cloud State University with a desire to work outdoors and with her hands. Her work with Light Dark Landscape has been in assisting with crew and field operations management and small design projects.

Felicia is currently continuing her studies in landscape design while deciding on her graduate studies and  plans to continue developing knowledge about ecological restoration and landscaping for wildlife. 

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