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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.
American Society of Landscape Architects
About Catherine Clemens
Catherine Clemens, Principal & Landscape Architect, License # 246
Catherine Clemens, Principal & Landscape Architect, License # 246
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.

After a disappointing experience with another landscape maintenance company, my homeowners association contacted Clemens on the recommendation of a board member who had had a good experience with them. Kristin came out to evaluate the project and was extremely knowledgeable, immediately identifying some heat stressed plants and explaining the importance of year-round watering during times of light precipitation. There were several other observations and recommendations offered on the spot. We talked about the importance of good communication and accessibility crew managers. We are several months into Clemens taking over and homeowners have noticed an improvement as bushes and trees are t...

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