Landscape design for outdoor living

Plantkind designs gardens based on an open process and design system. We offer site specific spaces that deepen your relationship with the natural world. Our work is the intersection of native plant palettes and modern built environments for people to gather. The practice of gardening intends to create a more equitable world that honors and provides sustainable ecosystems for all life.
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Based in San Francisco Bay Area and working with clients along the West Coast and across the planet.
Spatial Planning
Schematic Design
Planting Palettes
Outdoor Lighting
Furniture Selection
Exterior Finishings
Material Specifications
Water Conservation

Sourcing and Procurement
Project Management
Irrigation Plans
Styling and Curation
Art Direction
Special Projects
Rendering Visualization
Yuccas, Buckwheats, Lemonade Berries
Our Approach

  • (Daily Routines) — Plantkind works with curious families and creative spirits to define spaces that integrate daily routines into natural ecosystems surrounding us. 

  • (Full Service) — Through an intimate process and deep client relationships, we provide a full service experience from start to finish, that results in bespoke projects. 

  • (Collaborative Partners) — We work with intention, alongside top tier contractors and architects that bring a strong understanding of detailed-driven design.

Bernal Heights floating bench


Full Scale
1-5 year engagements
Renovations or new builds

Commercial Projects
Flexible timelines
Multidisciplinary projects

Front Yards
1-3 months turnaround
Planting plans and installation

For 90 minutes
Video call or site-visit

Cooking    Housing
Fitness    Dining
Edibles    Warmth
Playing    Pets
Climate    Swim

Providing guidance for pathways
Driveway entrance garden in Pacifica

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Behind the scenes and resources from a landscape design studio in California. Tackling renovations, building spaces, planting gardens, and selecting products for outdoor living at home. 



Learn from the space that surrounds you in your existing site conditions to gain a deep understanding of the unique vision and desired outcomes.

Explore multiple conceptual directions to establish guiding themes for the landscape that inform and set the tone for the story moving forward.

Layer planting and material palettes together with selections that align with the project goals and meets the needs of the local ecosystem.

Communicate the design intent thoughtfully through a set of organized plans to guide the installation of the future outdoor space. 
Step lighting
Hot tub time in the backyard

Sourcing and Procurement
Seamless project delivery with our network of suppliers for plant material, lighting fixtures, and outdoor furniture. Ensuring the original design intent is brought to life.
Implementation and Build
Partnering with landscape contractors, we stay involved through the installation with multiple site visits during the project lifecycle. Often engaging with arborists, electricians, permitting specialists, and plumbers.
Garden Care
You can never really finish a garden. On-going maintenance services through our community of gardeners. For those who would like to care for their garden themselves, we are happy to provide guidance and resources.

Front garden in North Oakland
Shade sail chicken coop and drystack rock wall

Research and Interests
Natural Playscapes, Home Electrification, Moments of Stillness, Birds, Carbon Capture, ADU Integrations, Multi-Family Developments, Portals and Gateways, Garden Sculptures, Minimalism, Ecological Restoration, Hiking Trips, Wind Chimes, and Intentional Spaces

Standard Features

In-Lite Disc Wall Fixture

Low-Voltage lighting designed in the Netherlands

Staffa, Ferm Living

Outdoor furniture from select brands

Rivian wall charger

EV charging stations

Water Right 50’ hose

No BPA recycled plastic garden hoses

Quercus kelloggii

California native trees for present and future

Rachio Controller

Irrigation systems for smart homes with weather intelligence

Aquor Water System 

Leak and corrosion resistant, plug and play hose spigots

Heath Ceramics numbers

Accessories for home exteriors

Design System
Growing series of starting point for landscape design projects. Including a catalog of all potential elements and features you might include in a residential landscape, plus collection of brands and specific products that work well in harmony.
Boardwalks, pizza lounge seating, and Buckeye tree blossoms
    Manzanitas everywhere

    Sustainability Practices
      • Lawn Replacement
      • Composting Setups
      • Hand Watering 
      • Permeable Surfaces
      • Recycled Products
      • Rainwater Capture
      • Natural Materials
      • Habitat Development
      • Energy Saving Shading
      • Greywater Systems
      • Without Artificial Turf
      • Carbon Capture Concrete
      • Insect Friendly Lighting

      Commercial Projects
      Partnering with like-minded firms to explore outdoor spaces that bring their vision to life. Focused on restaurant groups, multifamily residential, property developers, and mid-stage startups.

      Architecture and Interiors
      Open to new collaborations with architects and interior designers. From holistic large scale projects and smaller scopes where landscape perspectives are needed.
      Job Opportunities
      Always keeping our eyes open for lovely people to work with. Not actively hiring but feel free to reach out and share work samples and your interests. Ideal team members bring design talent plus project management experience.


      Common Questions

      Are you available to start now or soon?

      Yes. We can move quick. The trees grow bit slower.  

      How much do projects cost? 

      Our projects range from $25k to $5m+. We believe in financial transparency and open conversations.

      Where do you work geogprahically?

      Anywhere. We’re based in the San Francisco Bay Area but can tackle projects across the country and planet.

      How about commercial projects?

      Yep. Anything spatial and outside we work with, beyond residential.

      What’s the catch with all of this?

      Nothing. We’ll design a garden together and you’ll spend the rest of your life enjoying the natural world.

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      Studio Background
      Plantkind is being grown by Ethan Bodnar with a previous experience at design-build firms, native plant nurseries, national design organizations, branding studios, and venture-backed education technology startups. 

      Member of AIA SF (American Institute of Architects) and California Native Plant Society.
      Acknowledge that our work is on occupied native land
      Established in 2015 in the spring season