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

    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.

        Is climate change real?


        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