Clemens & Associates, Inc.
Catherine Clemens, Principal & Landscape Architect, License # 246
Located in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Clemens & Associates, Inc. is a landscape architecture, contracting, and maintenance firm that has been creating some of the area's most spectacular gardens since 1980. We offer a wide spectrum of professional design, installation and maintenance services for gardens, water features, stonework, and garden structures.

While our landscape design experience ranges from small, intimate gardens to large residential estates and commercial and municipal projects, we specialize in creating and maintaining outdoor spaces for residential living. The basis of our approach is to create unique and beautiful outdoor rooms that are consistent with the historic and regional precedents, as well as sensitive to our high desert climate. The more common approach to this problem is to design in the traditional way and merely substitute drought tolerant plants for more thirsty varieties. Our approach encourages the development of small, highly detailed spaces versus larger areas of less impact. Within this basic design guideline, almost any stylistic avenue can be pursued and the features can be varied according to the client's needs. This philosophy of consolidation of resources put us on the leading edge of sustainable design even before it became a common concept.
We have sought to distill the essence of what is appealing about being in the garden and what makes a successful outdoor living space. The answers have less to do with plants than with site planning for exposure; providing texture; creating vignettes and framing vistas; accommodating personal lifestyles and offering sensual appeal. We believe that current practical and environmental concerns are requiring a paradigm shift for all of us. As designers, we are excited about the possibilities for creative expression that this opens for us as our clients become more willing to explore something new.

About Catherine:
Landscape architect and principal of Clemens & Associates, Inc., Catherine Clemens, began her career as a stone mason 30 years ago while obtaining her fine arts degree. Catherine's love of design is reflected in her gardens, which incorporate strong architectural elements and unique finish details into comfortable outdoor living spaces.
Clemens & Associates, Inc. offers experience, quality workmanship, and dedication to customer service, a successful combination that yields superior results and an enjoyable working experience. We love what we do and the quality follows naturally!
14 Reviews
Relationship: ClientProject Date: May 2015

I can't say enough great things about Catherine and her staff. I interviewed four companies for this project and her design was the most original and dealt with my needs and vision more than anyone. ...Read More

John Haupert
Relationship: ClientProject Date: Apr 2014

Rather than jumping right into the superior and extraordinary job that Clemens & Associates executed under Catherine Clemens vision and execution, I'd like to take a moment and start at the very begin...Read More

Relationship: ClientProject Date: Jun 2015

Clemens & Associates recently improved our backyard by installing flagstone patio surfaces and pathways to replace an unfortunate expanse of gravel we inherited when we bought the house. I got the ide...Read More

Relationship: ClientProject Date: Jul 2015

This hardscape project was completed in an efficient manner, the crew was terrific, respectful of our property, and went above and beyond expectations. The crew ensured the work was as pleasing to th...Read More

Relationship: ClientProject Date: Dec 2014

Our landscaping and hardscape was disjointed . We needed a cohesive plan for the gardens and outside entertaining . Clemens came up with a design that exceeded our expectations . They checked and rec...Read More

Relationship: ClientProject Date: Aug 2012

Worked with them since 2010. Always performed what we asked them to do. Gave insights of what would do better in our plantings. Very knowledgeable and professional. If there were any problems, alw...Read More

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  • Santa Fe Parade of Homes 2008 (Las Terrazas) Best Exterior Character
  • Sunset Honorable Mention- Henley Residence
  • Sunset 2004-2005 Western Garden Design Awards Small Space Garden- Barker Residence
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