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Landscape Design

Our Design and Consulting Partners

Cameron Allcott- Salt Lake, Davis, Summit, Tooele Counties

Ornamental Design and Fine Gardening Maintenance

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Cameron grew up in the nursery business and has extensive plant knowledge and is always on the bleeding edge of new cultivars. His experience running the growing operation at the nursery gives him a unique understanding of what performs in Utah and under what conditions. He likes to use lots of color and mass plantings coupled with unique structured plants to create a "statement" in his landscape designs. Is also well versed in maintenance techniques for individual plants. He is often teaching classes in design and often consulting with contractors and landscape architects on plant selection.

Jessica Schmutz- Utah, Salt Lake, Summit Counties

Ornamental Design and Personal Shopping

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I was born and raised in the “Garden State” of New Jersey where my passion for plants began. Having lived in Utah for over 20 years I love this state’s stunning natural beauty and its diverse opportunity in plant options. Utilizing my natural artistic talent and horticulture education and training from Utah State, I love designing exceptional landscapes that achieve my client’s vision while being sensitive to their level of time and desire to maintain their property. Most any look is achievable at any maintenance level. I am inspired by the people I meet and look forward to creating a lasting partnership with my clients. You can be involved in the entire process, if desired, or if you just want to turn me loose after I’ve had a chance to get a feel for what you’re wanting, I’m your gal. I love that every design is different and I enjoy staying current on new cultivars and design trends. I enjoy building relationships and am committed to my clients over the long term. I teach, advise, and troubleshoot. My knowledge is vast and my passion infectious. My clients know I’m available to them almost any time. I’m committed to excellence in providing a memorable and enjoyable experience. I’m proud to be part of the Progressive Plants team. Their plant quality is top notch and the varieties endless. If I can get you to love plants as much as I do, well, that’s just icing on the cake. I specialize in residential projects. I hope to work with you soon.

Liz Hamilton- Salt Lake County

Vegetable Garden Consulting, Pest Management, Edible Landscaping

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Liz Hamilton has been a plant nut her whole life. Growing up in the D.C. metro area, she spent her childhood visiting the historic gardens and parks of the East Coast. While in college, she spent her summers on Capitol Hill working at the United States Botanical Gardens, and the US National Arboretum as a horticultural assistant. She has a BS & MS in Parks Management, and after moving to the Salt Lake Valley in 2007, completed an additional BS in Horticulture from Utah State University. The last four years Liz has worked as a Horticulturist for Salt Lake County stationed out of Wheeler Historic Farm managing the grounds care of several different park locations totaling around 100 acres. From fruit tree pruning and vegetable gardening to native habitat restoration and design, she has worn a lot of different hats in the field but is most passionate about edible landscaping and unusual species. In 2018 she started a small horticulture consulting business that lets her spend more time with her two little girls at home while still being firmly rooted in the SLV gardening community.

M'Li Hoki- Utah County

Ornamental Design and Edible Landscaping

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M’Li has always loved plants and what they can do for the soul when properly placed in a landscape. They needed to provide color, texture, food for pollinators and birds, or food. She graduated from BYU in 2012 with a bachelor’s in landscape management and as a Certified Landscape Professional through NALP. After graduating from BYU she worked at a nursery so she could learn more about the plants that grow well in Utah. She also volunteered at the Conservation Garden Park in Orem to further her understanding of water efficient landscaping. She has assisted Pleasant Grove City in developing a water conservation plan for the residents. She is also became a Qualified Water Efficient Landscaper (QWEL) through the State of Utah. She started working with Alpine Lawn and Landscape in 2013 and bought out the company at the end of the year, spent 4.5 wonderful years managing 2 crews and taking care of high-end residential properties in Northern Utah County and then sold her company at the end of 2018. She has the deep need to share the love and knowledge about plants, landscapes and water efficiency with others, and started her own design company, Water Wise Designs in 2017. Progressive Plants is proud to partner its services with her.

Julie Palasma- Salt Lake and Summit Counties

High End Design and Construction Management

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Julie Palasma has spent 27 years in the Landscape Design and design-build industry. Although she has focused primarily on design, she has also comprehensively managed the entire installation process, working with multiple subcontractors to ensure quality. Her focus has always been on high-end residential landscapes, ranging from $50,000 to over $2 million for landscape projects. She has a mindset for ensuring that there is value provided for the costs, and enjoys helping guide clients towards choices that will best complement their house for the long term. Julie’s particular interests include outdoor living spaces, functional design for the way people use their space, using interesting plant material, and trying to make every space as unique and inviting as possible for the people who live in them. She has held many positions within the “green industry”, including greenhouses, nurseries, garden maintenance and landscape construction crews. This diverse background has assisted her designs, by knowing how things actually work in the field, and an ability to work closely with the landscape crews doing the installation. A self-described plant geek, she started growing seedlings as a small child, and was even cross-breeding iris before she could drive. She gets excited about finding and using interesting plant material, including large specimen trees, and creating elaborate garden beds with less common plants. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Landscape Design and Construction from Colorado State University. After working in Vail, Colorado and Oregon, she settled down in Utah 13 years ago. In 2019 she changed the name of her business from Julie Kite Gardens to FLORECER Design.